Turkey-Wild Rice Soup Recipe


I was not going to cook a turkey this year having not particularly enjoyed the last one, however, on a short trip across the bridge into Quebec, I noticed that Provigo was selling turkeys at a very good price so, I had to buy one.

In order to stick with my original plan not to serve turkey at Christmas, I cooked it the next day after thawing which can be a lengthy process. It was tasty and we had several meals.

I do not like waste so simply had to make soup, my wife suggested turkey and wild rice. It had been a few years since I made that particular recipe so I was eager to do so and savoring the memory I headed out to buy the wild rice, the only ingredient not in my cupboard.

The local store had a regional wild rice variety so this emant that the carrots, rice and the turkey all came from within 100 miles of my home which is another goal I strive for when planning a meal.

Turkey Wild Rice Soup; Slow Cooker Recipe

Need: slow cooker, turkey carcass, celery, carrots, wild rice, water, sea salt, black pepper.


1- turkey carcass, broken up

2- 8 cups water

3- 2 sliced celery stalks

4- 2 carrots sliced

5- 2/3 cup wild rice

6- 1/2 tsp sea salt

7- Dash black pepper


This is a 24 hour slow cooked soup.

1- Put broken up turkey carcass in slow cooker, I use 6 ½ quart model

2- Add water

3- Set on low

4- Add ½ sliced celery stalks and sea salt

5- Cook for 12 hours

6- Strain into large bowl

7- Return liquid to slow cooker

8- Add remaining celery and carrots

9- Cook 20 minutes

10- Add wild rice cook 45 minutes

11- Black pepper to taste.

12- Serve.

If you have any turkey meat left over from meals then you can slice in thinly and add along with wild rice.

This recipe can be prepared in two stages which is what I usually do. You can put the liquid after straining in an airtight container and in refrigerator over night and finish preparations following day or even two days later.

I find this is a great use of the carcass, you could add diced potatoes but I feel that is more starch than the meal or I need. This will serve four people and with a hunk of crusty bread makes a good lunch.

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akirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh man - another recipe - that sounds maaavaaalous....must try! Audrey

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Enjoy, thanks for dropping by.

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

That looks like a very tasty dish. I love celery and carrots. I certainly shall try this one. Thank you.

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I love wild rice but never have used it with turkey. I put it on my shopping list so that I will be ready to make the soup with our Christmas turkey carcass.

Thanks for sharing your recipe Bob.

Wishing you and your family happy holidays

kindest regards Zsuzsy

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Hello, enjoy, Zbee, all the best to you and yours, thank you both fro dropping by.

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Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

Turkey meat left-overs become hard to the bite, so recycling them into tasty soup is great idea. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you and your family.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

And the same to you and yours, thanks for dropping by.

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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

This is one of my favorite meals too Bob, good to hear your take. I've noticed the different nuances in wild rice from Canada, Minnesota and my home state Wisconsin. I appreciate the sentiment of buying local but give the other two varieties a try if you get the chance. One sip of wild rice turkey soup and you'd think the turkey was made solely to be cooked with wild rice!

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Used to live in Northern Ontario and wild rice from there was regular fare. I agree wild rice transforms the soup.

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

This sounds delicious. I'll have to try this but I have never had good luck with wild rice.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Wild rice can be tricky at time, I use an organic brand, bit expesnive but does the job, thanks for dropping by.

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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Love the recipe, would try it soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Bob. Cheers.

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

All the best gcull, thanks for dropping by.

Chris Nelson 5 years ago

i am going to make this soup and maybe add some leaks?

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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

go for it, enjoy.

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