Homemade Turkey Soup

Use your leftover holiday turkey to make from-scratch soup packed with barley and vegetables.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 2 hr 55 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 10

Ingredients

Carcass from cooked 10- to 12-lb turkey
3
quarts (12 cups) water
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon poultry seasoning or dried sage leaves
1
dried bay leaf
1/2
cup uncooked pearl barley
3
medium carrots, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
3
cups cut-up cooked turkey
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired
  • 1 Break up turkey carcass to fit 6-quart Dutch oven. Add water, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and bay leaf. Heat to boiling over high heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • 2 Skim off any residue that rises to the surface. Remove bones, meat and bay leaf from broth; cool. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside. Discard bones and bay leaf.
  • 3 Skim fat from broth; discard. Add turkey meat cut from bones to broth; stir in barley. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4 Stir in carrots, onion, celery and 3 cups cooked turkey. Simmer uncovered 20 to 25 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and barley are tender. Stir in parsley.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    140
    (
    Calories from Fat
    30),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    3 1/2g
    3 1/2%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    40mg
    40%;
    Sodium
    330mg
    330%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    13g
    13%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    2g
    2%
    ),
    Protein
    15g
    15%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    70%;
    Vitamin C
    4%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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