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Homemade Turkey Soup

You can make the most of even the smallest pieces of leftover meat on your holiday turkey with this homemade turkey soup. I simmer the bones to get the rich flavor, then easily remove any meat that remains. I add rice, vegetables and cream soup for a hearty turkey soup that's tasty and economical. —June Sangrey, Manheim, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, undiluted


  • Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.
  • Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 128 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 391mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Patrisha
    Apr 8, 2020

    Can you freeze this soup?

  • Bianka
    Dec 30, 2019

    No comment left

  • katecrid47
    Dec 9, 2019

    This was really great. I have never made my own stock and the flavor was awesome. I did use egg noodles as the family likes them more than rice in a soup but it was great. Creamy and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • bttmartin
    Jan 14, 2018

    This was excellent I made it tonight I added a little half-and-half at the end and some corn starch

  • gunslinger
    Jan 9, 2018

    Used leftover holiday turkey carcass to make this and it was very easy and delicious! I left the onions in the broth for extra flavor. I think the basic recipe and subing egg noodles would be very good also.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 7, 2018

    This was good but it needed additional seasonings, ie poultry seasoning, seasoned salt, pepper. I also added more rice than the recipe called for. Will make again.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Dec 20, 2017

    I prepared this soup tonight and it is a five-star winner. I followed the recipe except I substituted noodles for the rice as several reviewers did. I used the healthy cream of chicken soup as well. Both hubby and I loved the soup and will have it again.Volunteer Field Editor

  • Magdalena
    Oct 10, 2017

    I would really like to make it tonight, but a quick question - We are talking about already baked in the oven for the thanksgiving dinner turkey carcass - not raw bones and meat leftover from some other turkey dish, right?

  • SherriJ10
    Jan 20, 2016

    Great, easy recipes. Although I did choose to alter certain things like using some fat free half and half and a few tablespoons of flour instead of the soup, I appreciate your recipe! Thank you to those who kindly posted their substitutions for their own reasons and didn't blast the poster. Kindness goes a long way.

  • kckamargo63
    Jan 2, 2016

    My whole family loved this soup. I used egg noodles instead of rice (I added them at the end of the cooking process). What a great way to use the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving or Christmas.