Creamy Turkey Soup

Creamy Turkey Soup

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Every year I look forward to Black Friday. Not for the reason that most women look forward to this day; unlike most women, I hate shopping. Especially if I have to deal with crowds. I’ll just pay full price, thank you very much. No, the reason I look forward to this day is that I get to make my special creamy turkey soup. By the way, I’m not the only one who thinks this turkey soup is special. Although the recipe has evolved over the years, I have been sharing some form of this recipe on my facebook page for many years now. Each Black Friday, friends tag me in their turkey soup posts, and photos. You see, they have made this Black Friday soup day a tradition as well.  What about you; are you ready to start this tradition with us?



creamy turkey soup in a ladle over a pot

Various Ingredients to Include in Creamy Turkey Soup

The most obvious ingredient you need to make this creamy turkey soup is a turkey! Additionally, you need butter and flour; they help with the thickening of the soup. You will also need is plenty of vegetables. I recommend carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and corn. If you choose to add potatoes, you’ll probably have to add more liquid, or the soup will be too thick. Also, if you don’t like barley, you can substitute rice instead. The addition of heavy cream, half and half, or milk make this soup extra creamy. But, in an effort to cut down on the calories, I use a combination of milk and 1/2 and 1/2. Finally, herbs like thyme and sage help to take this creamy turkey soup to the next level. What about you, what will you add?


creamy turkey soup in a pink cup with a spoon on one side and 2 slices of bread on the other


Creamy Turkey Soup Leftovers

This is one of those times that you are going to wish you have some leftovers. You see, you will need the leftover creamy turkey soup to make my  Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Pot-Pies. These mini pot-pies are absolutely delicious and perfect for a quick lunch or an easy dinner. They freeze well too! Alternatively, you can make the traditional-sized pies, but we are huge fans of the individual-sized ones. You will need the 5″ disposable mini tins which can be purchased on Amazon. I always make sure I have some on hand!


turkey pot pies



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4.6 from 5 votes
creamy turkey soup
Creamy Turkey Soup
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs

The best creamy turkey soup you'll ever have!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 1 cup servings
Calories: 256 kcal
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 10 cups reserved turkey broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-N-half
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups turkey (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  1. Begin by stripping your turkey bones of most of the meat. You will be adding it back in later!
  2. Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for one hour. Remove carcass and reserve 10 cups of turkey broth.

  3. Remove turkey meat from the carcass and cut into bite-size pieces. Add more turkey if necessary, to equal four cups.

  4. Melt butter in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Saute celery, carrots, onions, and garlic.
  5. Add flour, and stir for a few minutes.
  6. Gradually add half of the reserved broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened.

  7. Add remaining broth, barley, corn, salt, pepper, reserved turkey, and thyme. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35 minutes or until barley is tender.

  8. Add milk, and half and half, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Turkey Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 25g 50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Creamy Turkey Soup”

  • This was delicious! I substituted orzo pasta for the barley and it came out great. A hit with the entire family.

  • I made this tonight, terrific recipe, I didn’t have enough barley so I used rice and didn’t cook it as long. My mom and I both enjoyed it.

  • Delicious soup! My family loved it and this is one I’ll be making year after year. My daughter already asked for the recipe. Thanks Hilda!

  • HI Heidi,
    That’s so awesome, I love hearing back from friends who have tried my recipes, especially when they like them! 🙂 Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it!

  • Hilda, I made this last year. It was delicious! Planning on making it again this year. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow, you have been around! Are either of you in the service? I travelled like that when I was in the Navy. I miss it! Glad you enjoyed my daughter’s website, thanks for checking it out. 🙂

  • I love to cook/bake but I also love to travel. My husband and I lived in Singapore for 2 years, then Vitoria, Brazil for about 2 years and then back home to Mississippi. Talk about a culture shock for a Mississippian. I went to your daughter’s website. I loved it. She is very talented. I know you are proud. Cooking will come to her in time when she finds her mate, she will start trying to do everything for them.

  • You sound like my daughter, she will be 23 in December. Can you imagine my frustration, as someone who has authored a cookbook, but can’t get my daughter to step into the kitchen. She has zero interest in cooking, and assures me she will marry a man with cooking skills. One thing she loves to do is travel and blog about it! If you want to check it out it’s at:

  • Funny enough, I was just watching a cooking show where the host made soup and fried BLTs from leftover chicken. I love that you have provided a wonderful soup recipe, for the weather is continually dropping. I love it. I would love to try this recipe, so I will be pinning for later. My family is trying to domesticate me, so they’re encouraging me cooking more lol just in case my husband won’t know how to cook. I can, it’s just that laziness forces me not to. Anyway, great recipe.

  • Yup, you’re one of those people I look forward to tagging me in your soup photos! I use barley too! I don’t know if you noticed the recipe, but I’ve changed it a bit over the years, adding 1/2 the butter and flour, and substituting some of the 1/2 and 1/2 etc. It’s still delicious!

  • I’ve been making this soup every year for the last 7 years and my family loves it just as much as the big Thanksgiving feast itself. My favorite tweaks are to use a carcass from a deep fried turkey using Cajun seasoning and I like to sub out the rice and use barley. Happy cooking! I’ll share my results on Sunday after I’ve made ours!

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