Turkey and Rice Soup

Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup

Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup

Serves 6-8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 5 hours
Total time 5 hours, 20 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Soup
Misc Serve Hot



  • leftover turkey bones
  • 10-11 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon cane or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 chopped onion or 2 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic


  • 1-2 cup shredded or chopped turkey meat
  • 1 1/2 cup short grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup low salt soy sauce (add more if needed)
  • 1 " sliced ginger pieces

soup (Optional)

  • 1/2 can water chestnuts (diced or thin slivers)
  • chopped fresh parsley or green onions (garnish)


  • Can be served with additional fresh parsley or green onions.
  • Soup will thicken as the rice sits in the broth, so additional water may need to be added during the cooking process.


Step 1
Place turkey bones in a large pot and add water. Make sure water covers all the bones. Add the remaining stock ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 2(minimum) to 4 hours.
Step 2
After the stock is cooked, take out the turkey bones. When the bones are cool enough to handle, pick off any remaining meat and add it to the stock. *If you feel small bones fell off into the stock, strain the soup. Separate out the bones and the meat. Retun the meat and stock back into the pot.*
Step 3
Chop carrots, celery, parsley, and water chestnuts. Set aside. Wash the rice and add it to the stock. Cover and cook for 20 minutes on medium low heat. Make sure to stir the rice up every 10-15 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Step 4
After 20 minutes, add the chopped vegetables and all other ingredients to the soup. Cover and cook for another 40 minutes until the rice is soft. Again, make sure to stir the rice every 10-15 minutes to prevent sticking. *Add more water if the soup is getting too thick and adjust seasoning.*
Step 5
Take out slices of ginger before serving. Have additional fresh chopped parsley or green onions for garnish.