AMAZING Thanksgiving Leftover Soup!

This Thanksgiving Leftover Soup is going to become your families favorite recipe! Our family is known to cook up a turkey just to make this turkey leftover soup recipe!
Amazing Thanksgiving Leftover Soup. This soup recipe is easy, healthy, creamy and flavorful you may find yourself making turkey just to get to this leftover soup. This is a fantastic Winter Soup Recipe.

With Thanksgiving coming up most people are thinking about what they will make for the big day…..we spend most of our time dreaming of the day after.

Nope – not talking about leftover turkey sandwiches (although those are super yummy =-) I am talking about our Thanksgiving Leftover Soup.

This soup is so good we are known to make turkey just to get to make this soup!! Seriously!!!

How to Make Turkey Broth from Scratch

boil turkey in water to make broth and get the remaining turkey off the carcass

First you put the turkey carcass (with some meat still on it) in a large stock pot and cover it with water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a couple hours. You are making homemade turkey broth! (No mgs or artificial nonsense!)

easily pull off remaining turkey from the whole turkey

Pull out the carcass and put it in a strainer. Let it cool a little bit so you can touch it without burning your hands. The meat will just “melt” right off it! Pull off meat and with your fingers (checking carefully for bones) and put aside. I get about 4 cups of meat from our turkey carcass – and we pick it pretty clean for dinner! Note: Make sure you check the broth for meat that came off during boiling. Put it aside as well. DO NOT DISCARD BROTH!

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup Recipe

chop onion, celery, carrots, and garlic

Next chop up 1 large onion, 4-5 ribs celery, 3-4 carrots, and 4 cloves garlic.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a stock pot. Add veggies and sauté over medium/high heat until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The flour is going to thicken up your soup. You need to cook it with the flour on to loose the powder flavor!

easy homemade turkey broth

Gradually add 8-10 cups of the turkey broth you made to you veggies.

Season your soup with 1 teas thyme, 1/2 teas parsley, 1/2 teas pepper, 1/2 teas salt, and 1/4 cup sherry (optional – note alcohol cooks off!). Bring to a boil.

add in your wild rice

Add 2 cups+ cooked wild rice to the stock pot.

Note: I use turkey broth instead of water to make the wild rice as it adds more flavor! I make 2 cups dry wild rice which = more than 2 cups cooked.

As wild rice takes about 20-30 minutes to cook I recommend starting it as soon as you begin sautéing your veggies.

make your Turkey Wild Rice Soup creamy

At the same time as you add the rice, add 2 cups half and half and reserved 4 cups of turkey to the stock pot and simmer 20 minutes to blend flavor. Serve warm with good dipping bread – YUMMY!

thanksgiving leftover soup

Our Families Favorite Soup

This makes a LOT of wonderful soup and is a real penny pincher! We usually freeze a pitcher worth and still have soup for 2+ meals.  As the rice will absorb the liquid as it sits you may want to add additional turkey broth the next day when reheating to make it “soupier”. If not it will be a thick stew – equally yummy in my opinion =-)

*This recipe was tweaked from a recipe my neighbor Tyra shared with me. 
**Refreshed photography by Patty Kraikittikun-Phuong

turkey soup recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings

AMAZING Thanksgiving Leftover Soup!

prep time: 2 hourcook time: 30 MINStotal time: 2 hours and 30 mins
This Thanksgiving Leftover Soup is going to become your families favorite recipe! Our family is known to cook up a turkey just to make this turkey leftover soup recipe!


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4-5 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teas pepper
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups cooked turkey
  • 8-10 cups turkey broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry (optional)


  1. Cover turkey carcass in water; boil. Reduce heat & simmer 2+ hours (the longer you simmer, the more flavor). Pull off loose meat and save (about 2 cups). Strain mixture to save broth for soup, discard bones.
  2. Make wild rice soup per package directions. I like to use extra turkey broth instead of water to give it extra flavor.
  3. In soup kettle over medium heat melt butter; add onion, celery, garlic, and carrots until transparent, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat and add in flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually add in broth; stirring constantly. Add seasonings while bringing to a boil; cook for 1 minute.
  6. Reduce heat to low; add wild rice, turkey, and sherry and simmer 20 minutes.
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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.