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Hearty Barley Turkey Soup

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"Just the best turkey soup ever. If you brined your turkey, you will need to add less salt to the soup."
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3 h 50 m servings 113
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Bring water and turkey carcass to a boil in a large pot; add 1 1/2 cup chopped onion, 3 stalks celery, 1/2 cup chopped carrot, peppercorns, 1 pinch thyme, and 1 bay leaf. Simmer, skimming excess fat and foam from top of stock as needed, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Add more water to stock as it evaporates. Remove carcass from stock and cool. Pull meat from bones and shred; refrigerate until needed. Strain stock and return liquid to pot.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 pounds carrots, 2 onions, 6 stalks celery, barley, mushrooms, 2 bay leaves, salt, marjoram, black pepper, and 1 pinch thyme into turkey stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup, stirring occasionally, until barley is fully cooked, 1 hour and 20 minutes. Add turkey meat to the soup and simmer for 10 more minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 113 calories; 1.5 22.5 3.8 2 471 Full nutrition

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This was delicious! I did modify it a bit. I added parsnips to when making the stock. And when assembling the soup I went ahead and sautéed all the veggies (added parsnips here too, I love parsn...

This was delicious--first you can never go wrong with mushrooms and barley. I followed the recipe almost exactly in terms of ingredients: used about 1.25 cups of barley and 8oz of thinly slice...

Great recipe - thank you. I roasted a boneless turkey breast with olive oil, rosemary and thyme and added to the soup to 'boost' the turkey content since we didn't have any leftovers and the ca...

I just finished making this soup and it turned out unbelievable. I will put this on my personal 5 star recipes that are 'tried and true' I made mine in the crock pot to get the best out of th...

This soup was awesome! Only thing I added was a little extra salt. My husband actually said "wow!" And started telling his friends how good it was! Will DEFINITELY make this again!

Agree with the others -- this is an excellent, inexpensive and wonderfully easy recipe. Thank you, JR! A definite keeper. I did tweak a bit for us, though I know it would be great without chang...

I had 2 turkey carcasses to work with, added 8 oz of sliced mushrooms, 1 qt of Kitchen Basics chicken stock and additional barley. This got a a standing “O” from kids, and grandkids alike.

I added some roasted andule sausage (1 lb) to the pot at the same time I added the turkey. it was exactly what I hoped for. silky with a touch of spice.

Great flavor! I added more veggies to make it even healthier. Perfect way to use your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas!