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Leftover Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

This Leftover Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is a great way to use up any remaining turkey carcass you have on hand. The entire dish is made in one pot with veggies and hearty ingredients. It’s freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep, too!

leftover turkey wild rice soup in a Dutch oven

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broth, greens, carrots, celery, onion, spices, and lemon in separate bowls

I make soup using leftovers or random things in my fridge all of the time. If you have the soup basics: carrots, celery, onion, and broth you have soup! You can even swap out those veggies for whatever you have. It’s so simple.

cream cheese, almond milk, and heavy cream in separate bowls

What Spices to Use

  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Feel free to add in any of your favorites!

How to Cook Wild Rice

Rinse the rice first. I like to rinse it in a mesh strainer.

I like to use my Instant Pot because it’s full proof. If using the Instant Pot add 2 cups of rice along with 4 cups of water to the pot. Pressure cook for 30 minutes with a manual release of steam.

For stovetop, follow the instructions on the packaging.

You can also buy pre cooked, packaged wild rice that you microwave.

uncooked wild rice in an Instant Pot

What Vegetables to Use

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Greens (like spinach, kale, collards, etc.)

You can also add green beans, potatoes, broccoli, whatever you want.

cooked turkey breast cubes in a glass bowl

How to Make Turkey Soup with Leftover Turkey

  1. Place a Dutch oven or large soup on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, carrots, celery, and onions. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add in the garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in broth, cooked rice, cooked turkey, thyme, oregano, milk, heavy cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, Better than Bouillon, spinach, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. Adjust the heat to medium and simmer.
collage photo showing how to make turkey wild rice soup, vegetables sauted in a Dutch oven with broth and wild rice

How to Make it Creamy

I like to use a combination of milk (you can use any, including something like almond milk), heavy cream, and cream cheese.

How to Make it Dairy Free

You can substitute milk and heavy cream for coconut milk if you wish. I find full fat works best.

uncooked turkey wild rice soup in a Dutch oven

How to Cook Turkey Breast

If you don’t have any leftover turkey breast, and you just want to make this recipe check out my Air Fryer Turkey Breast and Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipes.

leftover turkey wild rice soup in a Dutch oven
leftover turkey wild rice soup in a Dutch oven

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

It will last in the fridge for 3-4 days, tightly covered.

leftover turkey wild rice soup in white bowl

Freezer Tips

I like to freeze this soup using these soup molds from Amazon. I defrost them overnight or using this Crockpot warmer.

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leftover turkey wild rice soup in a Dutch oven
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Leftover Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

This Leftover Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is a great way to use up any remaining turkey carcass you have on hand. The entire dish is made in one pot with veggies and hearty ingredients. It's freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep, too!
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword leftover turkey rice soup, leftover turkey soup, turkey and wild rice soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 266kcal

Ingredients

Instant Pot Wild Rice

Turkey Soup

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup celery
  • ½ cup onion
  • ½ cup carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups cooked turkey I cut it into cubes. You can also shred.
  • 4 cups broth I used chicken broth.
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Optional, adds immense flavor.
  • 1 fresh lemon Zest and juice of the full lemon; use less if you don't want lemon flavor.
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups spinach or mixed greens

Make it Creamy

  • 1 cup milk You can use any, including something like almond milk.
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce cream cheese

Instructions

Instant Pot Wild Rice

  • Rinse the rice. I like to use a mesh strainer.
  • Add the rice, water, and salt to the Instant Pot. Cook for 30 Minutes on Manual > Pressure Cooking.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 15 minutes.

Turkey Soup

  • Place a Dutch oven or large soup on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, carrots, celery, and onions. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in the garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the broth, cooked rice, cooked turkey, thyme, oregano, milk, heavy cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, Better than Bouillon, spinach, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Adjust the heat to medium and place the lid on the pot. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the soup is hot and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Cool before serving.

Notes

  • You can substitute milk and heavy cream for coconut milk if you wish. I find full fat works best.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g
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Recipe Rating




Shaundrika Stevenson

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Wow! This was so easy to make and came out so delicious! Everyone in my family even the picky eaters enjoyed this meal! So happy I found your site been loving these healthy meal options that also taste delicious!! Thank you <3

Mike

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Made this tonight using leftovers. I used the bones to make broth and added the little bit of gravy we had left to make it extra creamy. Came out fantastic!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Trista

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

First of all, I cannot believe I am just now making rice in the instantpot. I should honestly be ashamed because Brandi has told us how much easier it is! It was cooked perfectly following her steps. While the rice was cooking, I prepped the vegetables and everything came together so quickly. I froze most of the recipe using Souper Cubes, but I had to taste it after I finished cooking. It is SO DELICOUS. I had it last night, for lunch today, and I'm going to have it again tonight. A great soup with a bunch of veggies, you can't beat it!

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Yes! I totally agree with you!

Jahari Jacobs

Sunday 29th of November 2020

made this tonight with our leftover turkey, added in turkey bones for flavor while cooking and it was delicious!

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup.

Keri

Sunday 29th of November 2020

FABULOUS! On day 3 of leftover turkey it was time for a change. All the leftover veggies that weren’t used for Thanksgiving went into this soup. Carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach, greens.. you name it. And it is perfect. My fridge is happy and so is my family. Highly recommend!

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I love that idea!