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Creamy Turkey Soup

My mother always prepared a holiday turkey much larger than our family could ever eat in one meal so there'd be plenty of leftovers. That's one tradition I've kept up. This hearty soup uses a lot of turkey and is great after watching football games and raking leaves. -Kathleen Harris, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, savory and parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 to 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas


  • In a large kettle, saute onion and celery in butter until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour and seasonings; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey and carrots. Add enough broth until soup is desired consistency. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add peas; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 300 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Cheryl
    Jan 15, 2021

    Great soup. Whole family loved it.

  • abashu
    Dec 3, 2020

    We loved it and made a second batch and put it in the freezer for later. A good way to use leftover turkey.

  • Vida
    Nov 27, 2020

    I have been making this soup for some time now. It is so easy and so tasty. When I don't have turkey, I use chicken from a rotisserie chicken. I have even thickened it more and added noodles for a casserole dish or use it for a pot pie.

  • JoanieK53
    Sep 29, 2019

    Really good.

  • Debra
    Apr 14, 2018

    I've made this soup 3X now and it gets better each time. No unusual ingredients, things I always have on hand. And the best part is that when I air fry turkey wings, we use the meat from the drumettes to make this soup. Just enough for two. Great recipe.

  • lrehaluk
    Dec 6, 2017

    Great base for creamy soups without using heavy cream or half n half. I added wild rice and broccoli - yummy!

  • Fubarahh
    Dec 3, 2015

    We hated this soup - there is WAY TOO MUCH THYME in it. I even tried to dilute it with more chicken stock and then cream (I used coconut cream, actually), but it was still too much. I tried Garlic. DIdn't work. It was inedible and we threw it away! It was way too much work pulling the turkey off the carcass to throw it away! I DO NOT recommend this and will NOT make it again, unless I use NO Thyme and only garlic. Maybe add potatoes or rice.

  • BarbaraNYPA
    Feb 16, 2015

    Excellent! Quick easy and delish! We have made this multiple times, sometimes with left overs from Thanksgiving, others with a cooked turkey breast and stock I had (both chicken and turkey). I have never added savory but followed all else, used canned peas vs. frozen and this last time, a can of mushrooms with the can of peas! Highly recommended and nothing but compliments. Love it!

  • GoVikes28
    Apr 1, 2014

    My whole family loves this soup and I love how quick and easy it is to prepare!

  • JesSimon
    Dec 1, 2013

    I made this soup with thanksgiving turkey leftovers. It was pretty easy to prepare, and the directions were straight forward. The only change I made was that I added a whole stick of butter. I added two cups of broth and the consistency was thick soup-like. My two year old ate it and kept saying how good it was-which made me happy because he is sometimes a picky eater. My husband also really enjoyed the soup. I will without a doubt make this recipe again!