Yum! This homemade turkey soup is even better for body and soul than chicken soup. And it makes enough turkey soup to freeze and take the chill off cold winter days ahead.
I've been using this delicious, nutritious homemade turkey soup recipe for many years. After every turkey dinner my family looks forward to leftover turkey soup made with the bones and scrapes. They all know I couldn't bear to throw away a perfect turkey carcass.
The healthy homemade turkey soup recipe below takes several days and makes a large 12 quart pot of soup. If you prefer a smaller batch, it's simple to cut the recipe in half.
Rich Turkey Soup Stock
You'll need the following:
- 6.5 qt. pot (for half the recipe) to 12 qt. soup pot
- Slotted or perforated spoon to scoop out bones
- Stainless steel skimmer to strain away small bits
- Quisinart for cutting up vegetables (optional)
- The bones, skin and scraps from a large 15 to 20 lb. turkey. (If your turkey carcass is smaller you can add some chicken necks or other poultry parts).
- 1 small beef shank bone (helps harden the fat so you can remove it easily).
- 8 ½ qts. of water
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 bay leaves
In the morning, when your stock has cooled, remove the bones, bits and pieces and, in order to let the fat harden so you can skim it off, refrigerate the stock for at least a day.
Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe
When you're ready to make soup, remove ALL fat from the top. Then place stock on burner and turn to high. Once it comes to a boil turn burner to low and simmer for the rest of the cooking time. As soup heats up, prepare and add the following ingredients:
- 1½ cups raw brown rice (I use a mixture of basmati brown rice with a little wild rice)
- ½ cup dry vegetable broth (my preference is Gaylord Hauser's All Natural Instant Vegetable Broth)
- ¼ teaspoon shredded thyme leaf
- 4 pinches or 6 shakes nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 2 medium onions chopped fine (in quisinart)
- 2 large or 4 medium peeled sweet potatoes chopped small (in quisinart)
- 3 tablespoons dry parsley (or several stalks of chopped fresh parsley)
- (Optional – add celery, zucchini or summer squash, chopped small)
- 2 packages of frozen petite green garden peas (or use 2 drained cans black beans)
- 2 large bunches of kale, chard or other dark green leafy veggies (chopped fine)
- 4 cups of chopped leftover turkey meat (or use 2 lbs. ground lean turkey – 6% fat –pinched into small bits and added a little at a time)
This homemade turkey soup recipe is not engraved in stone, so feel free to experiment and create your own. But whatever you do, don't let another turkey carcass go unused.
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