Tina’s Family Recipe: Turkey Soup

Homemade Turkey Soup

Tina Kauffman, Client Services Coordinator

My sisters and our families have a tradition…of gathering the day after Thanksgiving to play games and make holiday goodies to share. Of course, we need to take a break to enjoy a meal together! This soup is one of our favorites – hope it will become one of yours too!


1 leftover turkey carcass

8 cups water

1 medium onion, halved

½ teaspoon salt

2 bay leaves

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup uncooked long grain rice

½ cup chopped celery

¼ cup chopped onion

1 can (10 ¾ ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted


  • Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, halved onion, salt, and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim off fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, rice, celery, and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender (approximately 20 minutes).
  • Remove turkey from the carcass bones; cut into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream of chicken soup to broth; heat through.

Serves 8-10

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