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Basic Turkey Soup

Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota notes, "I simmer a rich broth using the turkey carcass, then add favorite vegetables and sometimes noodles."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12-14 pound turkey)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 celery rib with leaves
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 cups turkey broth
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 cup sliced fresh green beans
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups diced cooked turkey


  • Place all broth ingredients in a large stockpot; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 25 minutes. Strain broth; discard bones and vegetables. Cool; skim fat. Use immediately for turkey vegetable soup, or refrigerate and use within 24 hours.
  • For soup, combine broth, bouillon, pepper and vegetables in a large stockpot. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes. Add turkey; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 136 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1024mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Lisa
    Mar 29, 2019

    Great recipie!! This is going to be my go to recipe for turkey soup!!! Going to make this again and again! Made this tonight using a turkey breast carcass. Thank you for the fantastic recipe. Fiancee loved it!

  • hkovack
    Nov 28, 2017

    I was surprised how tasty this was. I took the shortcut route and used a bag of frozen vegetable soup mix! Delicious!

  • millstone
    Dec 3, 2013

    Great recipe. Easy to make and great on a cold day. I look forward to this soup every time I make a turkey; for me, it's the reward for all the work on the stuffing and sides. I always add noodles, about the same amount of meat and less vegetables.

  • WhatcomGirl
    Nov 25, 2012

    I really enjoyed this simple turkey soup. The broth is rich and easy to make. I added edamame to the list of vegetables.

  • caglaser
    Dec 3, 2011

    I had family after Thanksgiving and they just raved about this tirkey soup

  • dieter's mom
    Jan 12, 2011

    This is THE best recipe for turkey soup I have ever made or tasted. I have used the carcass of a turkey & also the carcass of just a turkey breast. Great recipe.