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Creamy turkey soup recipe.

Creamy Turkey Soup Recipe

A deliciously creamy turkey soup recipe. Got turkey leftovers from the holiday, then try this soup. So warm and creamy you will wonder where it has been all your life!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Turkey Soup Recipe
Prep Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 385 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 whole turkey carcass, with giblets, if desired
  • 3 large carrots
  • 4 stalks celery stalks
  • 1 whole white or yellow onion
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, or dried if no other choice
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole fresh cloves
  • 3 whole cloves garlic (optional)
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 3 large bay leaves
  • 6 qt water
  • 6 c leftover turkey meat (amount can vary)
  • 2 large carrots, cubed small
  • 3 large celery stalks, cubed small
  • 1/2 large onion, cubed small
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced thick
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 3 c leftover gravy
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste


  1. To make the broth, combine the turkey carcass, 3 carrots, 4 celery stalks, 1 whole onion, parsley, peppercorns, cloves, thyme, bay leaves and water.

  2. Cover leaving a small opening in the lid for about 4 hours.

  3. Strain the broth through a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Place broth back on the stove.

  4. Bring broth to a slow simmer. Add leftover gravy to taste. At this time add any thickener to make the soup as thick as you like. 

  5. Once the soup is thickened, add the rest of the ingredients except the turkey. At this time you can add more spices to taste if needed. I keep the spices simple, kosher salt, black pepper, minced garlic, parsley, and basil.

  6. Simmer for about thirty minutes or until the vegetables are mostly cooked

  7. Add the meat and simmer another 10 minutes. 

  8. If you would like to add noodles or dumpling do so in about the last ten minutes.

  9. Let cool slightly before serving.