AMAZING Thanksgiving Leftover Soup
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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!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword hearty soup, rice soups, soup, soup recipes, thanksgiving, turkey, turkey recipes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Author Beth Gorden


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4-5 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups wild rice, cooked
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, cut up
  • 8-10 cups turkey broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry, optional


  • 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.
  • Make wild rice soup per package directions. I like to use extra turkey broth instead of water to give it extra flavor.
  • In soup kettle over medium heat melt butter; add onion, celery, garlic, and carrots until transparent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and add in flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Gradually add in broth; stirring constantly. Add seasonings while bringing to a boil; cook for 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to low; add wild rice, turkey, and sherry and simmer 20 minutes.