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Home Health Library Recipes Home-style turkey soup

Home-style turkey soup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size About 2 cups
Calories 178

Amount Per Serving
Monounsaturated fat < 1 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Total fat 2 g
Sodium 131 mg
Cholesterol 23 mg
Dietary fiber 5 g
Protein 15 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

Use the turkey leftovers from a holiday meal or family gathering to make a hearty, low-sodium turkey soup.


(Serves 10)

For the broth:

  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 large onions, 1 quartered and 3 chopped

For the soup:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced rutabaga or turnip, peeled
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 can (14 ounces) unsalted tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound leftover light turkey meat, cut into bite-size chunks


In a large stockpot, combine the turkey carcass, water, broth and quartered onion. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the mixture, discarding the carcass and onion. Chill the liquid in the refrigerator — overnight, if possible — and skim off the fat from the broth's surface.

Return the liquid to the stockpot. Add the soup ingredients to the broth mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 1 hour. Ladle into individual bowls and serve immediately.

Last Updated: March 30th, 2017