Great soup for using up leftover turkey. This soup has a little cayenne added to give it a kick.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 32.9g 11% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 6.1mg 2% DV; sodium 580.9mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2012
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2015
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 pretty potent. Read More
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2014
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 a great recipe that does not disappoint. Zippy is a great word for it--enough spice that it's 'kicked up' without being hot. After adding two cans of stewed tomatoes I ended up adding an additional can of diced while the soup was simmering. I think next time I'll just opt for diced tomatoes as the stewed chunks seem too big in the soup. Instead of rice I used 1/2 cup of Orzo that I had on-hand. Other than that I followed the recipe over the course of two days. I made the broth the evening we had the turkey refrigerated it overnight skimmed the fat that separated and then added all additional ingredients the next day. I already printed this and have added it to my trusty recipe binder in my kitchen. Thanks for the great soup M Vidito Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2013
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 liquid so I eyeballed the rest. I only used one can of stewed tomatoes and half the rice which was perfect for our taste it didn't absorb all of the liquid leaving it more like soup than stew. Didn't add the corn. We liked the hearty nature of this turkey soup and would make this again! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2013
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 flakes as well. Very tasty and healthy too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2015
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 really need a second can. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2015
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 broccoli on hand but no green beans so in went the broccoli. And maybe most importantly I omitted the ginger and added 2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika which gave the soup a wonderful smoky flavor. This will be our go-to turkey soup recipe from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
Excellent. My son doesn't like spicy food (he's 4) but he barely noticed this was spicy. It really just adds a lot of flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2013
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 for an hour. Then followed the rest of it. Oh and I used wild rice instead of long grain rice. You should try it! So so good!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2015
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 pretty potent. Read More