Turkey Dumpling Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. + simmering


16 servings (4 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 08, 2022
Simmering up a big pot of this soup is one of my favorite holiday traditions. This is a variation on a recipe my mom made while I was growing up. My husband and children can't get enough of the tender dumplings. —Debbie Wolf, Mission Viejo, California
Turkey Dumpling Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 meaty leftover turkey carcass (from an 11-pound turkey)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk


  1. In a stock pot, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3 hours.
  2. Remove carcass and allow to cool. Remove meat and set aside 4 cups for soup (refrigerate any remaining meat for another use); discard bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces. Strain broth, discarding vegetables and bay leaf.
  3. Return broth to pan; add the onion, celery, carrots and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add corn, peas and reserved turkey. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  4. Combine biscuit mix and milk. Drop by teaspoonfuls into simmering broth. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift the cover while simmering).

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 185 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 724mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.