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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 Dec. 31, 2014

"Are you screaming kidding?? "Homemade" soup does not contain canned nor condensed."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"This is delicious I didn't have any celery but I used a whole packet of Goya yellow rice instead of the white and it turned out perfect !"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Oh My Gosh 1st time ever making a turkey soup .followed directions and it came out so good .only problem I encountered was a way to separate the fat .lost a good clean pillow case but it was worth it . best tasteing turkey soup I ever had ( sorry mom )"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"We used up leftover turkey breast carcass from the Italian turkey breast slow cooker dinner. It turned out really great. I did used heart request cream of chicken and used long grain brown rice to try and make it it a little more heart healthy. It is very full of flavor and hearty. This is my husbands new favorite after turkey leftover meal."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"This had good flavor. I used chicken broth and water instead of messing with the turkey carcass, and it was too salty (and I left the added salt out). Next time I will use more water and less chicken broth."

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