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turkey soup with rice, celery and carrots and in a red dutch oven
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Easy Turkey Soup

Easy Turkey Soup is made from a leftover turkey carcass and is a great way to use up all that extra Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey! Add rice or noodles before serving! !A simple, easy way to make turkey soup!
Course Main, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword leftover turkey carcass, turkey rice soup, turkey soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 167kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10



Turkey Stock

  • 1 large turkey carcass with most of the meat removed
  • enough water to cover carcass
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 celery stalks and leaves

Turkey Soup

  • 4 cups turkey stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • leaves from celery stalk optional
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning optional
  • ¼ cup jasmine rice optional
  • 3 cups cooked turkey chopped


Turkey Stock

  • Remove as much meat from turkey carcass as possible, and refrigerate for later.
  • Place carcass in large stock pot and add celery
  • Fill pot with enough water to cover the carcass, add salt and pepper, cover and boil for about 30 minutes
  • Turn stove off, allow to cool slightly, remove carcass and discard
  • Skim fast from turkey stock, and use stock in soup, or split into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze

Turkey Soup

  • In a large pot, saute onions, garlic, carrots and celery in butter or oil until soft.
    Remove extra fat from turkey stock, then, add the turkey stock, turkey and a few celery leaves for extra flavor.
    Add the remaining salt and pepper, cover and cook until hot. 
    Add more seasoning, if desired
  • Add the turkey stock to pot, and season with sea salt, pepper and herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and stir in cooked turkey
  • Optional, add 1/4 cup uncooked rice when soup boils, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked. Then, add turkey
  • Optional, add uncooked noodles when soup boils, and cook until pasta is done. Then, add turkey. Or, serve noodles on side, and add to cooked soup.


Total time may vary if making stock and soup separately.
Add more water to soup to thin out if desired, especially if using jellied bone broth.
You may want to taste soup before adding any seasoning, and add salt and pepper, to taste.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1267mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3592IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg