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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup Recipe

As much as my family loves Thanksgiving, they look forward to this cream soup using leftover turkey even more. It makes a big batch that we can enjoy for days. —Valorie Walker, Bradley, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12- to 14-pound turkey)
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove carcass; cool. Set aside 3 qt. broth. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  • 2. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots and celery in butter until tender. Reduce heat; stir in flour until blended. Gradually add 1 qt. of reserved broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 3. Add cream, rice, salt, bouillon, pepper, remaining broth and reserved turkey. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender. Yield: 16 servings (about 4 quarts).

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katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 257754
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"I made this yesterday. It was fantastic. So glad it's a big batch! I cooked it a little longer.....I had rice tenderness issues. The flavor was great and the whole family loved it. Very creamy! thanks for sharing"

stanbob User ID: 3583460 240304
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Wonderful soup, on a whim as I was adding the last ingredients to the pot I added a teaspoon of thyme, Mmmmm."

richcxx User ID: 8117348 34057
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"This has become my annual Black Friday tradition. My daughter starts asking in July if I'm making it! I think it's even better a couple days later. I don't change anything, prepare it just as it says and it is a big hit every year."

TexasR User ID: 2715154 90182
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"This is the best recipe for that left over turkey carcass. Total comfort food. The only thing I do different is use a 1/2 cup of flour and it's still plenty thick enough for us."

tstreich User ID: 1042559 95020
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"Yum!!! This was such a wonderful comfort food, I'll make turkey's year round just to make this again. I did use about 2 Tbsp of chicken bouillon and that seemed just right. I froze the excess of turkey and broth (separately) so I can make another batch or half a batch later, but I think already made, this soup would probably freeze well."

lesliejc User ID: 6990619 33777
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"very tasty! have made this the past 2 years, we all love it! added some greens (leftover kale) and substituted farro for the rice and 1/2 whole wheat/1/2 white flour.

also baked carcass at 400deg for 45 min. before boiling for extra flavor..."

[email protected] User ID: 904591 33271
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I have been making this soup since its publication in2001, it is simply the best. Now my daughter-in-law Thanksgiving dinner and makes sure she sends the carcass home with me."

drdad78 User ID: 4726498 33263
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Best turkey soup I have ever had. Even after leaving out the half n half."

Bklynlady101 User ID: 5096564 34051
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This is Fabulous! I also make it after I roast a chicken."

wombie User ID: 5672227 39504
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This soup is fabulous! My family declared it the favorite. I think I might try it with noodles next time, just to see how that is. I'm not going to wait until Thanksgiving to make it again."

LEANNFROB User ID: 4738969 39477
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"The most fabulous soup ever. I can't wait until after Thanksgiving dinner so I can make this soup!"

teri396 User ID: 3790128 41312
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"This was great. Don't normally like turkey soup. fantastic"

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