Turkey and Okra Soup with Barley and Bacon


This is a great fall soup, rich in taste with seasonings, bacon, and onions pronounced.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
16 hrs 35 mins
5 1/2 quarts


  • 4 quarts turkey broth

  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch square pieces

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound cubed cooked turkey

  • 1 red onion, sliced

  • 1 cup barley

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 pound okra, sliced

  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Combine turkey broth and chicken bouillon in a slow cooker.

  2. Place bacon in a skillet over medium heat; add garlic and black pepper. Cook and stir until bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; blot to remove as much fat as possible.

  3. Stir bacon mixture into the slow cooker. Add turkey, red onion, barley, rosemary, salt, and Italian seasoning.

  4. Cook, stirring every half hour, on Low for 7 1/2 hours (or high for 3 1/2 hours). Stir okra and parsley into soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes more.

  5. Cool soup to room temperature and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight. Skim any solid fat off the top and heat soup on the stovetop.

Cook's Notes:

If you use the turkey drippings, be sure to remove the fat from top of the soup after cooling in the fridge overnight. After skimming the fat, it is helpful to place a paper towel on top of the liquid to remove additional fat that you can't skim off. Discard the skimmed fat and the fat-saturated paper towels. Drain the broth from the bag or pan used to cook a turkey and place in a 6-quart slow cooker with 4 quarts water (or use 128 ounces chicken broth without adding water.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1849mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 326mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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