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I have been making this soup since 2001 as away to use every bit of our holiday bird. It's very tasty. As I have become a little more concerned about fat I have played with the recipe & I find adding the fat free half and half works just fine...but skimping on the butter is a no no...I have made it with & without the rice...it is always a huge hit at my house and with all the neighborhood children that stop by to see my children & play...I can keep everyone fed. In fact one of those neighborhood kids is off to college & emailed me for my turkey soup recipe....I love that my meals are not only part of some one's fond memories but are part of some one else's holiday tradition!!!
This was wonderful. Added more of the vegetables, fresh parsley, thyme and a bay leaf. Used chicken thighs which made great tasting broth, a little dry sherry and heavy cream, because it was just a little thin and didn't want to dilute it further. Added cooked rice separately..didn't want the rice to get mushy being left in the soup. Wish I had run across this recipe earlier..definitely a warm comforting soup.
This is my first time using my turkey carcass instead of throwing it away. We really enjoyed this soup. My daughter, sarahbug, helped with the first step. I no longer have a stockpot for some reason, so I made this in a dutch oven. She said she used about 3 1/2 quarts of water, which was all that would fit. At the end I also ended up skipping the half-and-half because there was no way it would go in the pot. I would not make this again without replacing my stockpot. I made a massive mess! I was told that the half-and-half was not necessary, but sometime I might try it just to see. Really really good. No more turkey carcasses in the garbage!
My absolute favorite soup when I worked at Whole Foods was the Williamsburg Turkey Soup that was only served in Nov & Dec. I never got the recipe, and I've looked a few times to try to find a good one. This was FANTASTIC! I used homemade turkey stock that I had made earlier in the week, added a pound of tofu, because I only had a little bit of leftover turkey thawed, evaporated milk instead of cream, and added a small head of cauliflower that I needed to use up. I can't thank you enough for this recipe! Between my husband and I we ate the WHOLE pot (highly unusual for us to eat that much in one sitting!)
I was given this recipe 7 years ago and lost it. Thankfully the recipe was posted on this site. I love everything about this soup. Two things I did different from recipe were 1) omitted the celery since I didn't have any on hand and 2) added a tablespoon or so of dried Tarragon. I feel the Tarragon adds so much to the soup. It's an easy soup to make and is so enjoyable. You must try it!