Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe
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Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe

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You can make the most of even the smallest pieces of leftover meat on your holiday turkey. I simmer the bones to get the rich flavor, then easily remove any meat that remains. I add rice, vegetables and cream soup for a hearty turkey soup that's tasty and economical. —June Sangrey, Manheim, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted


  1. Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Homemade Turkey Soup in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p23

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"Great, easy recipes. Although I did choose to alter certain things like using some fat free half and half and a few tablespoons of flour instead of the soup, I appreciate your recipe! Thank you to those who kindly posted their substitutions for their own reasons and didn't blast the poster. Kindness goes a long way."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"My whole family loved this soup. I used egg noodles instead of rice (I added them at the end of the cooking process). What a great way to use the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving or Christmas."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2015

"Delicious! Easy to make. I left the onions in the broth instead of straining them out and then adding more.. My family love it!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"You couldn't pay me to use canned soup in any dish. I had leftover gravy, that was all the creaminess it needed!"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"I made this today and it turned out great. What a great idea to use the leftover turkey carcass. I added poultry seasoning, garlic and I had some leftover canned corn, which I drained and added to the soup. I would make this again! I thought the cream of chicken soup added a nice creaminess to the soup."

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