Classic Turkey and Rice Soup Recipe -
Classic Turkey and Rice Soup Recipe
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Classic Turkey and Rice Soup

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"Is there anything as warm as a bowl of soup made with the leftovers of a meal that you shared with your family?"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 25 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Combine turkey carcass, halved onion, roughly chopped carrot, roughly chopped celery, halved garlic head, 1 teaspoon rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper in a stockpot; pour in enough water to cover. Bring mixture to a boil, cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer until flavors have blended, about 1 hour.
  2. Remove turkey carcass and pull remaining meat from bones; reserve meat and discard carcass. Remove vegetables and bay leaves from stock using a slotted spoon and discard.
  3. Stir diced onions, diced carrots, diced celery, minced garlic, poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and onion powder into stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add cooked rice and turkey meat to soup; season with salt and pepper. Cook until rice and turkey meat are warmed, about 5 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use other turkey than a carcass. Simply roast legs or thighs in the oven until cooked and browned nicely, then continue with instructions for the stock.
  • This is a low-fat recipe. To further reduce the fat, you can make the stock ahead and chill in the fridge. Any fat will come to the top and be easily removed. Don't hesitate to add any further leftovers of your choice!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2015

This is a good classic Turkey carcass soup recipe. The only change I made was to add chicken broth instead of water. Gives it an extra punch of flavour. I also added more Turkey meat- about 2 cups more.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 01, 2013

kinda bland


6 Ratings

Dec 28, 2014

Amazing soup only thing I did was leave out the onion but otherwise amazing

Dec 04, 2014

I give it 3 stars as it's written. A good starter recipe. I added way more seasonings than what's called for because it was too bland. I added a lot more of the black pepper, more salt, more garlic and onion powder, a chicken bouillon cube and a couple dashes Worcestershire sauce. Made it twice once with rice and another time with elbow macaroni.

Dec 01, 2014

Seemed like a lot of work and the end result was mediocre with not much flavor. Really wanted to like it, but it was just kind of blah.

Jan 11, 2014

Just made this soup today and it was fantastic........if I do say so myself! The only thing I changed was I used egg noodles instead of rice.


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  • Calories
  • 115 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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