Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Turkey Rice Soup, a Great Way to Use Your Leftover Turkey

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      I love having leftover turkey after Thanksgiving, but I have never saved the turkey carcass before and made soup with it.  Well, this year I decided I would save the carcass and do just that.  So today I got my HUGE stockpot out and filled it with the carcass along with carrots, celery, onions and everything I use to make homemade chicken stock.  I ended up getting 9 quarts of stock out of that carcass and 6 cups of meat off of the bones.

     Once I got the stock taken care of, I went to work on the soup.  I wanted to make a turkey rice soup and I had found the perfect inspiration for the recipe from Isabelle at Home.  She has a great recipe for Cream of Wild Rice Soup.  I changed it up a bit by using both wild rice and brown rice.  To keep it light, this soup is thickened with flour and milk rather than with cream.  I made a double batch of this recipe since I had so much stock and so much turkey.  So now my freezer is full of lots of soup for later!

Turkey Rice Soup
Adapted from Isabelle at Home

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts turkey stock (you could use chicken stock)
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (if you don't have any turkey, you could, of course use chicken)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • salt and pepper

Chop all of your veggies and herbs.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.  Add carrots, celery, onions and poultry seasoning to the pot and season with salt and pepper.  Saute for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent.  Add garlic and saute for about another minute and add bay leaf.

Add the turkey stock to the pot along with the thyme, parsley and turkey.  Add a little more salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.

While soup is coming to a boil, slowly whisk milk in with the flour, making sure flour has completely dissolved in the milk.

Once soup has come to a boil, stir in the milk and flour mixture.  Simmer soup until it's thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.

Stir in both rices and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

Heat just until rice is hot.  Serve immediately.


Shared at This Chick Cooks on 11/30/11
Shared at Newlyweds Blog on 11/30/11
Shared at Family Fresh Meals on 11/30/11
Shared at Miz Helen's Country Cottage on 12/1/11
Shared at Easy Natural Foods on 12/4/11


  1. This looks sooo delicious !! Yum..Yum..Loved it !!

  2. very nice soup! Glad I could be of "inspiration" :) Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, hugs your friend, Isabelle

  3. Lisa, I ran into your site/recipe from Aimee's Savory Dish :) This looks so super yummy! What a great use for leftovers :) I would love it if you would add it to my Recipe of the Week: Soup post. There is a small gift card giveaway for the winner :) You can add a couple of your other soup recipes as well. Submissions are open until tonight, and then voting begins tomorrow. I know my readers would love this one!

    Hope you come join the fun!

  4. Lisa I love your soup! I think turkey & wild rice go so well together.

  5. Yeah! You posted it at Recipe of the Week! Thank you. It is such a fun, yummy recipe :)

  6. This looks delicious. I love soup, especially this time of year. Nice to enjoy on a cold winters night! :)

  7. This looks so tasty, perfect winter comfort food! I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday! I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here's a link with more information:

    I hope to see you there!

  8. Hi Lisa,
    It is so cold here today, your soup would just be perfect, it looks delicious. Thank you so much for helping me out on FB, I am still learning. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Sunday Night Soup Night! I'll be hosting weekly through fall and winter, so I'd love to see you again with your next soup/stock/chowder recipe.