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Basic Turkey Soup Recipe

Updated on April 9, 2015
WalterDrake Stoneware Soup Bowls With Handles - Set Of 4
WalterDrake Stoneware Soup Bowls With Handles - Set Of 4

Aren't these the cutest bowls you've ever seen? The set comes in 4 and the 4 are in all different colors.


How Many Ways Can You Make Turkey Soup

Seems like every time I make turkey soup I somehow manage to change it up each time.

At Christmastime when turkeys go on sale I usually grab two or three for the freezer to eat over the winter months. I've even been known to have six turkeys in my freezer at one time. Yes we love turkey at my house.

A few days ago I made a Mini Tom for dinner and as always saved the carcass to make soup with. Hubby has not been feeling at that well this week so today I made turkey soup for dinner and got rid little bits of this and that by adding it to my Turkey Kitchen Soup.

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CHEFS French Onion Soup Bowls, set of 4
CHEFS French Onion Soup Bowls, set of 4

Perfect for making none other than French Onion Soup. This is one of my most favorite types of soup to eat and order at a restaurant. Why not make your very own French Onion Soup at home.

Turkey Kitchen Sink Soup
Turkey Kitchen Sink Soup

Good For What Ails You

Due to my husband feeling ill this week I decided to make him one of his favorite soups, which is my homemade turkey soup.

Kitchen sink soups are a great way to use up leftovers and little bits of frozen veggies that you have hanging around in your freezer.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 5-6 people


  • 1 turkey carcass
  • fresh cold water
  • 1 shallot peeled and chopped
  • 1 box of chicken broth
  • celery seed spice
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 5 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • Frozen Vegetables of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of Acini di Pepe pasta
  • 1/2 cup of roasted chicken & wild Uncle Ben's rice


  1. In a 6 quart soup pot or Dutch oven cover the turkey carcass with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down and simmer for at least 1/2 an hour.
  3. Carefully remove the carcass from the pot and then strain the remaining contents saving all the broth.
  4. Pour the broth back into the pot.
  5. Remove as much of the turkey meat as possible off of the carcass and set aside.
  6. To the broth in the pot add the chicken broth, chopped shallot, spices and turkey meat and cook on medium high.
  7. Next add the rice and pasta to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  8. Add your choice of frozen vegetables and cook until vegetables are done.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!
5 stars from 1 rating of Turkey Kitchen Sink Soup

Mini Tom Turkey

Mini Tom Turkey cooked and ready to enjoy. One large shallot used in this recipe.
Mini Tom Turkey cooked and ready to enjoy. One large shallot used in this recipe.

Shallot or Not Shallot?

What's the difference between a Shallot and and Onion?

Shallots are quite similar to onions in taste except they are a little milder in flavor. When I chop onions my eyes do not water at all, but yet when I chop shallots they do.

I find that they are a welcomed change when adding them to soups, stews, and other dishes that I make.

To learn more about shallots visit Wikipedia.

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    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DawnRae64: There are so many things you can do with a turkey. Turkey pot pie, turkey meat loaf, turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey stew, turkey stir fry, add turkey to a Caesar salad, .... I could go on and on. Can you tell how much I love turkey :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @lesliesinclair: It sure is and we've had so many cold winter days this year.

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      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I love this. I definitely will have to try it. We love turkey too, and I buy it right after thanksgiving. Only one, because I don't know what to do with a lot of turkey. But now I have a great soup recipe!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      4 years ago

      Sounds so comforting. Turkey soup is a real treat on a Winter day.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: For you, sure. It's on its way. You may need to heat it up once it gets there :)

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      4 years ago

      I'd like to sip some of that soup today...fed ex?

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: Snowy here, only wish it was raining instead :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds good on this cool, rainy day! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Family members make turkey jokes around me all time because they know how often I cook turkey :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks! Yes I do with more to come :)

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      4 years ago

      What a great idea to buy several turkeys while they are on sale. Turkey soup is just as good for the soul as chicken soup.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      another great looking soup recipe! you have quite the collection


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