How to Make Turkey Rice Soup in a Slow Cooker From Thanksgiving Leftovers
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.
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Are you ready to make Turkey Soup with Rice?
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
- 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
- Set slow cooker to low temperature for 6-8 hours.
- Layer with butter or margarine, carrots, celery, and top with onions. Cook until onions are translucent.
- Add turkey stock.
- Add leftover gravy and water equalling 1 cup. (If not available, dissolve 1 bullion cube into 1 cup boiling water.)
- Add all herbs and spices except pepper.
- 1 hour before finish time, add rice.
- 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 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
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.
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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.
Ever have Homemade Popovers with Soup?
Popovers make great addition to a Hearty Turkey Soup Dinner Meal
- Popovers Recipe and Meal Ideas
Popovers are an easy, elegant, and delicious, addition to any dinner.
Prefer another Turkey Soup from Leftovers? Have a Recipe for that, too.
Try this Turkey Noodle Soup
- Turkey Pasta Soup from Thanksgiving Leftovers
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