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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Two Minnesota delicacies, turkey and wild rice, are the stars of this sensational soup. Be prepared to serve seconds! —Terri Holmgren, Swanville, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 3 quarts)


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onion; cook and stir until tender.
  • Stir in flour until blended; cook until bubbly. Gradually stir in broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • Jennifer
    Dec 8, 2019

    This was fantastic! Are used the leftover stock for my turkey as well as leftover meat they created a very flavorful dish. Several people commented on this being blend and I wanna point out this is meant to be done with leftovers if you just make it aThis was fantastic! Are used the leftover stock for my turkey as well as leftover meat it created a very flavorful dish. Several people commented on this being bland and I wanna point out this is meant to be done with leftovers.

  • mehalv
    Nov 11, 2019

    This recipe is okay but it needs some work. I made it exactly as written but we found it extremely bland. I then tried to doctor it up with bay leaf, dried thyme, more salt and pepper, and smoked paprika which made it edible. I wouldn't make this one again.

  • Lori
    Dec 20, 2017

    Absolutely fabulous! I made this last night with the leftover turkey from this past Thanksgiving (boiled the carcass to get the broth and turkey). Online I found many great sounding recipes but opted to try this one and am so glad that I did! I added mushrooms (as many others have suggested and the added taste or flavor was a perfect addition to this already great soup). I also added one clove of minced garlic (sauteed with the onion, celery and carrots) and a few minutes later I then added the sliced mushrooms. I also used only 1 cup of the wild rice (cooked in the turkey broth to enhance the flavor) but then added 1 cup of white rice. And finally a little bit of thyme and rosemary! OMG! One of the best recipes I have ever tried! I definitely will be making this again whenever there is a leftover bird in my house!!!

  • Christine
    Dec 1, 2017

    What a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers! I was looking for a new turkey soup recipe, as I make the same turkey noodle every year. This is a great base recipe. I followed the instructions exactly but found the soup to be a bit bland, so I kept adding various flavorings until it pleased my tastebuds. These modifications included a package of sliced baby bella mushrooms, 1 tsp. of rosemary, 1 tsp. of thyme, a generous dash of white wine and a few dashes of Tabasco. I found that it thickens up a lot in the refrigerator, so I recommend putting some turkey broth aside to thin it out when you're ready to reheat. Delicious!

  • VictoriaElaine
    Jun 11, 2016

    This is easier and faster to prepare than my normal chicken and wild rice recipe & tastes just as good - maybe better!! I used chicken but I'm sure I will be making it with turkey when it comes time to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • suejjj
    Jan 30, 2016

    Absolutely fantastic! Used chicken (what I had on hand), added mushrooms and a little less flour. Family loves this - thanks for sharing!

  • sewquilty
    Dec 28, 2015

    Made this tonight. It is delicious.

  • ABiggie
    Jul 18, 2015

    This soup is so delicious. I always add mushrooms.

  • LisaMGatchek
    Mar 6, 2015

    I added mushrooms and also took my turkey drippings and thickened it up and added that to my soup, too. I was delicious have made it after every turkey I make. We have turkey at least once a month.

  • GrammoD
    Jan 6, 2015

    This is very delicious-we love it!!