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Harvest Turkey Soup Recipe

Harvest Turkey Soup Recipe

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 YIELD:22 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 22 servings (5-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional 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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churcpj User ID: 2554147 238544
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

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

sarahewalters User ID: 8608513 236926
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"This is a family favorite of ours!"

teenamombear User ID: 4063150 12667
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

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

lindafinda User ID: 6555444 201369
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6612030 201368
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

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

Sweets8 User ID: 832616 201367
Reviewed 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."

mepbook User ID: 1481377 29711
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Delicious! My first time making a broth soup from scratch and I impressed myself. Everyone loved it."

ncbelle3 User ID: 4806556 12662
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Yummy loved this with the tomatoes.Will be doing this again often.

Thank you for sharing :-)"

[email protected] User ID: 3490126 5846
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"Replace some water with chicken broth. Add the veges in the beginning and break up the turkey bones. Though out veges and put new veges into new soup with turkey parts."

debihunt User ID: 842661 5844
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"This soup is amazing, my kids call it magic soup, since they say they feel better after they eat if if they are sick, it always turns out delicious & full of flavour. I substitute barley for rice sometimes!!"

scrapo User ID: 2908723 11809
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"Excellent! I use our leftover smoked turkey from Thanksgiving to make this soup (and omit the turkey carcass/water combination)...I then add 4 packets of turkey broth diluted in water as well as an extra- 3 4 c. of water. Turns out great!"

gpwestla User ID: 3724316 37766
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"Lowest in sodium and carbs that I could find on this site."

smush User ID: 945080 201366
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"This soup is fantastic and freezes well."

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