Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

Zippy and Tangy Turkey Rice Soup

Rated as 4.63 out of 5 Stars

"Great soup for using up leftover turkey. This soup has a little cayenne added to give it a kick."
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


3 h 5 m servings 168
Original recipe yields 10 servings


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. Place turkey carcass pieces into a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Stir in onion, celery leaves, and bay leaves, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 hours. Strain broth and pour back into soup pot. Pick turkey meat from the carcass and chop meat into bite-size pieces.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet; cook and stir carrots and celery until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir carrots, celery, stewed tomatoes with juice, rice, green beans, chicken bouillon cubes, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper into broth. Mix in chopped turkey meat.
  3. Bring soup back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and discard rosemary sprigs; stir corn into soup. Adjust salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper to taste. Lay a paper towel on top of soup to absorb excess oil, if desired.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 168 calories; 3 32.9 4.4 6 581 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 36
  1. 51 Ratings

    Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 3 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 2 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 1 out of 5 Stars
Most helpful positive review

Excellent! A little spicy.....but that's the way I like it. I added some fresh cilantro too. This is the best turkey soup I've ever had and my husband agrees.

Most helpful critical review

Its tasty, but you would probably be alright with only one sprig of Rosemary. I cooked down the carcass from a 16 pound bird, (so I made a lot of stock) and with two sprigs..... It was pre...

Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

Excellent! A little spicy.....but that's the way I like it. I added some fresh cilantro too. This is the best turkey soup I've ever had and my husband agrees.

I can't believe this recipe only has 11 reviews! It's delicious! Are you looking to make soup with turkey leftovers but hate all that bland stuff that's out there? Me too. Thankfully, this is...

This soup was amazing! I substituted pearl barley for the rice and followed the recipe otherwise. It's very spicy but not too spicy. Great blend of flavors.

We really enjoyed this! It is a recipe that is very adjustable to your taste. I started with 3 quarts of stock I had already prepared, the recipe didn't really call for a specific amount of liqu...

I'm giving this four stars instead of five because I made some changes, but It turned out great. As per previous reviewers, I added only one can of tomatoes and omitted the corn. I had broccol...

Excellent turkey rice soup! We loved the mix of herbs and spices, and added a little extra fresh thyme. The only other change was to use one 14.5 oz. can of diced fire roasted tomatoes. Don't re...

This is a really great soup. I made up the broth, strained it and put it in the refrigerator to separate the fat and make it easy to skim off. We like spicy so I added about 1/2 tsp of chili f...

The spices in this recipe create such an amazing flavor...I didn't have a carcass, but just put all of our leftover turkey in a pot with the bay leaves, onions, and celery leaves and simmered fo...

Wow! I used smoked turkey and this was really fantastic! I reluctantly followed the recipe to the tea and was extremely grateful I did, all of the spices blended together perfectly and my family...