Turkey & Brown Rice Soup

I really, really enjoyed this soup!
It was hearty, loaded with turkey and veggies, and so comforting!
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And as a bonus, I was able to use up most of my Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers,
so we weren’t left eating turkey everything for the next week!
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Even though I was exhausted (in a good way) after hosting our dinner, I was glad that I took the time to make turkey stock for the base of this soup.  It’s very easy, and so satisfying to know it was homemade!
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So when American Thanksgiving comes around next month, remember this tasty way to use up leftovers!
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I made a big pot of this soup so that I could send it with the kids in their school lunches, so I doubled the recipe.  If you don’t want any leftover soup, just cut this recipe in half.
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Turkey & Brown Rice Soup


  • 8 cups of turkey stock (I like to make my own my recipe is here.), or chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt (if necessary adjust to taste)
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2-4 cups leftover turkey meat shredded or finely chopped (basically use as much as you would like)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 carrots chopped
  • 2 celery sticks chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups peas


  1. Bring your stock to boiling, then add the rice. Lower heat to low-medium heat and cook until the rice is done.
  2. In the mean time, fry the carrots, celery, onion and green pepper in the butter until soft. Set aside.
  3. Once the rice has cooked, add the cooked vegetables and turkey.
  4. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add peas, simmer for about 5 more minutes.

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  • You can use this recipe as a base for Chicken Noodle Soup, or a Chicken & Rice Soup
  • Use what ever ingredient ratios you like – the more, the heartier!
  • This soup is also very good with wild rice.
  • Serve with Sweet Potato Biscuits!

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  • Reply Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com October 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM Yum Jo-Anna! That looks delicious! I am totally getting back into eating soups now that the cooler weather is back!
  • Reply E @ Act Fast Chef October 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM Yum...love soups and love the suggestion for wild rice!
  • Reply Ali Richardson October 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM Mmmmm! That looks so yummy for a cool fall evening! YUM!
  • Reply Barb October 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM That does look delicious and so handy for busy days. Love the photography!
  • Reply Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses October 24, 2011 at 1:14 AM This looks yummy!! I do hope you'll come by and link up at my party, Stitch n' Niche Saturdays. Here's the link in case you want to join in. http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-4.html
  • Reply abeachcottage October 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM This looks perfect for a night in cuddled up. Thanks for the recipe.
  • Reply Jamie October 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM Sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to stop by and link up your project to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up.

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