Turkey Wild Rice Soup

You roasted a great big amazing Thanksgiving turkey, and invited everyone you love to share in it. They came, they ate and they left. Somehow not all the turkey was devoured, so what do you do?  Well I salvage every possible edible part of that bird and use it later.  One of my favorite “after the big occasion” uses is to wait for a cold winter day and make a hearty creamy turkey soup.  This easy recipe tastes like a warm hug!


  • 2c cooked wild rice
  • 2c cooked shredded turkey
  • 2c half and half
  • 1 8oz brick of cream cheese
  • 1 medium onion chopped small
  • 3 cloves fresh chopped garlic
  • 1c thin sliced celery
  • 1c thin sliced carrots
  • 2c thin sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2c butter
  • 4c chicken broth
  • S&P to taste
  • Dried parsley flakes

To make your wild rice, follow package directions. Sometimes that means soaking the rice in water overnight, then actually making it the next day. You can make a big batch of wild rice ahead of time, then package and freeze it in portions to use later without needing all that preparation (which is what I do).


  1. Put the half and half into a sauce pan and s-l-o-w-l-y heat without boiling—stirring often.
  2. Add the cheese, and cook on low to heat through and melt the cheese—again, do not bring to a boil.
  3. Set aside once cheese is melted.
  4. Place the butter in a soup pot and saute’ the onion and garlic until soft.
  5. Add broth, thyme, celery and carrots and simmer until vegetables soften – about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Add mushrooms and simmer another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the thyme sprig, it’s done it’s job.
  8. Add the rice and turkey, and simmer another 10 minutes.
  9. Fold the hot cheese mixture into the turkey pot and combine well
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste

Get the bowls out and enjoy a cup of warm hug!

Garnish with parsley flakes.

Goes great with sliced sour dough bread

Serves 6 – 8 people


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