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How to Make Turkey Rice Soup in a Slow Cooker From Thanksgiving Leftovers

Updated on December 19, 2018
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Lover of all countertop cooking like slow & instant cooking. Sometimes in many ready-to-freeze batches. Adding more recipes. Soon.

Thanksgiving Dinner Enjoyed Again in a Pot of Soup

This recipe was inspired by a lot of leftover turkey, and other ingredients, from a small turkey dinner for a party of 2. The family get together this year is well after the holidays so now this author is thrilled to have a lot of delicious ingredients for future soup lunches and dinners.

The addition of a salad, and the family favorite Popover recipe (shared way down below), complete a very hearty meal.

Please note: All images on are either were taken by the author, or are shared via non-attributed, royalty-free images from the kind sharers of Pixaby.

Are you ready to make Turkey Soup with Rice?

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Before you start, here are some Optional Add-ins

Add early in cooking time:

* 1 cup Stuffing or Dressing

* 1/4 cup cranberry sauce

Add 1 hour before end of cooking time:

* 1/2 cup mashed potatoes or squash

* 1 cup cooked rice, regular or brown

Pick 1-2 and add a 1/2 hour (or 15 mins for cooked) before finished cooking time:

* 1/2 cup frozen corn

* 1/2 cup frozen peas

* 1/2 cut frozen green beans

Please leave a comment to share your other recipe add-ons with us.

Approximate Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves at least 10-8 oz servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs butter or margarine
  • 2 stalks celery, cubed
  • 6 baby cut carrots, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cubed
  • 2 cups turkey, cooked and cubed
  • 1 qt turkey stock, low sodium
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup gravy and water, combined to equal 1 cup
  • 1 cup cooked rice, brown or white
  • to taste pepper, fresh ground

Instructions

  1. Set slow cooker to low temperature for 6-8 hours.
  2. Layer with butter or margarine, carrots, celery, and top with onions. Cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add turkey stock.
  4. Add leftover gravy and water equalling 1 cup. (If not available, dissolve 1 bullion cube into 1 cup boiling water.)
  5. Add all herbs and spices except pepper.
  6. 1 hour before finish time, add rice.
  7. 15 mins before finish time, add pepper to taste.

This Soup Recipe Allows for a few, uuh, unusual Thanksgiving Leftovers for Extra Flavor and Texture

This batch includes some of my delicious homemade stuffing and corn leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner.  Sounds odd, but soooo gooood.
This batch includes some of my delicious homemade stuffing and corn leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. Sounds odd, but soooo gooood.

This Author loves making a good pot of soup 3 seasons of the year...

... using one of her favorite appliances, a slow cooker. This easy Turkey soup recipe was inspired by that cooker and a lot of tasty leftovers from a Thanksgiving meal.

Just a Note about Why I Love my Slow Cooker

I did a lot of research before I chose my All Clad slow cooker.

Here are my favorite features compared to my Crock Pot, and other companies and models:

  • It has a brushed stainless steel finish. The outer component handles cooked on spills easily. The painted surface of my previous cooker didn't allow for any serious cleaning without chipping the surface.
  • Programming allows for timing one session for high, low, and warm, temperature settings concurrently.
  • Timing can also equal preset 4, 6 and 8 hour sessions. Customized time is also available with up and down buttons.
  • Much nicer neutral design for serving party buffet-style meals.
  • The newest, and most popular, large-sized 6.5 quart with an oval-shape, allows for easy buffet serving. 2 serving utensils may be used simultaneously. This shape and size also allows for bigger cuts of meat like a good sized ham, roast, or turkey.

Before you go, please won't you Rate this Recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Turkey Soup with Rice

My only Fresh Grown Ingredient used in this pot... Flat Leaf Parsley. For most Fresh Herbs, use 1/3 cup (loose pack) per 1 tsp of Dried.

If you are considering growing an herb, flat-leafed parsley is really easy to grow. Trimming it off a bit for a recipe actually improves its appearance. But don't worry, it grows really fast and gets a little leggy without it.
If you are considering growing an herb, flat-leafed parsley is really easy to grow. Trimming it off a bit for a recipe actually improves its appearance. But don't worry, it grows really fast and gets a little leggy without it.

Ever have Homemade Popovers with Soup?

Warm delicious popovers straight from the oven  with a crisp green salad are a great way to make a bowl of soup a meal.
Warm delicious popovers straight from the oven with a crisp green salad are a great way to make a bowl of soup a meal. | Source

Prefer another Turkey Soup from Leftovers? Have a Recipe for that, too.

© 2018 Beth Webster-Duerr

If you might use this Soup Recipe, won't you Please Leave a Comment or Suggestion?

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      Poppy 

      17 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      It looks and sounds delicious. It's even more satisfying making a delicious meal when you've made it from leftovers.

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