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Harvest Turkey Soup

The recipe for this super soup evolved over the years. I've been diabetic since I was 12, so I've learned to use herbs and spices to make dishes like this taste terrific. It also has a colorful blend of vegetables. -Linda Sand, Winsted, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    22 servings (5-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12-pound turkey)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon salt, optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Place the turkey carcass and water in a Dutch oven or large soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Remove carcass; allow to cool. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  • Strain broth. Add carrots, celery, onion and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes, peas, rice, spinach, salt if desired, pepper, marjoram, thyme and reserved turkey. Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 0g saturated fat (0 sugars, 0 fiber). Diabetic Exchanges: 4 very lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • Debbie
    Dec 28, 2020

    This soup is fabulous! I have been making it for years. People who have had it in years past have asked me to freeze some for them until we see each other. I do slice my carrots instead of shredding them & I have also used diced tomatoes in place of the stewed.

  • artchic
    Dec 1, 2020

    So I always make the recipe as is first to make a fair review of the recipe. Linda has tweeked this soup over the years to perfection! It is so so goooood!! I wouldn't change a thing. I love the subtle taste of the tomato. I still have some leftover turkey - I'm going to make another batch of this soup.

  • Lee-Anne
    Nov 30, 2020

    Nice blend of flavors. Slightly modified with cut carrots instead of shredded, and a little Chardonnay to give the broth a bit more body. Veggie bullion instead of chicken. I think it could handle the white beans a previous reviewer mentioned, and maybe some kale instead of spinach.

  • sarahewalters
    Jul 24, 2020

    My family, friends and neighbors love this dish! They keep coming back for more.??????

  • churcpj
    Dec 1, 2015

    So good! I added 2 15oz cans of white kidney beans (drained) instead of peas.... Try it!!

  • zaxoma
    Aug 22, 2013

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  • teenamombear
    Jul 31, 2013

    This soup was excellent! I made it with leftover turkey and commercial turkey broth. Everyone loved it.

  • lindafinda
    Nov 25, 2012

    I have NEVER made a turkey soup that even the dog would eat! They wound up in the trash, sadly. This recipe is FANTASTIC!Just made it and am jogging to make room for seconds! Thanks Linda!! A winner for sure. Only change I made was Bell's Poultry Seasoning instead of listed seasonings-a family favorite.Yumm!

  • Reneemart
    Nov 23, 2012

    I make this every year after Thanksgiving. The soup turns out delish every time. Great recipe, thanks for sharing this one!

  • Sylvia
    Oct 9, 2012

    Since the first time this recipe was published, it's been my "go to" recipe for turkey soup. My husband and family LOVE it! Thanks for sharing such a keeper recipe.