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Cider Turkey Soup Recipe

Cider Turkey Soup Recipe

We suggest saving the turkey carcass from your Thanksgiving dinner to make this super soup the next day! Apple cider gives the broth a bit of sweetness.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours YIELD:15 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12-pound turkey)
  • 3-1/2 quarts water
  • 4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 large apple, cut into wedges
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • SOUP:
  • 3 cups shredded cooked turkey breast
  • 2 cups cooked long grain and wild rice
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place the first nine ingredients in a stockpot. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  • 2. Discard the carcass. Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander; discard vegetables and herbs. If using immediately, skim fat. Or cool, then refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3. Remove fat from surface before using. Broth may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 4-6 months.
  • 4. Place the soup ingredients in a stockpot; add broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
    Freeze option: Cool soup and transfer to freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through. Yield: 15 servings (3-3/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 124 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 342mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2017

"This soup was great. The broth had a great depth of flavor. I did add three chicken bouillon cubes, plus some Mrs. Dash and a little more salt than the recipe calls for, but my turkey had very little salt in it to begin with. Overall a wonderful recipe and I will make it again."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"This soup is outstanding! I cut the recipe in half for the two of us, and used the carcass from a 6-pound chicken. The broth was easy to make and the soup was delicious. I will definitely be making this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Wow! What a surprise. This is very tasty... It's rare I make something like soup and don't change a thing... but this recipe didn't need any changes! Super yummy. I made Apple Cider Biscuits to accompany this for dunking in the yummy broth."

Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"Wonderful, ful of flavor and filling as well it's going to be a staple."

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