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BEST Turkey Soup Ever!

The BEST Homemade Turkey Soup Ever

from Ginny Love’s

Simply Love – A Family Cookbook

 “Some people roast turkey at Christmas just so they can eat turkey soup a few days later.” – Ginny Love

Yup, that would be me!

Kitchen Supplies:

  • Large Soup Pot w/ lid
  • measuring cups
  • strainer/ sieve
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • garlic press


  • 1 – 2 diced onions
  • 2 – 3 peeled & diced carrots
  • 2 – 4 diced celery stalks
  • 3  Tbsp. melted unsalted butter (I used Ghee)
  • 12 Cups homemade Turkey broth
  • 1 – 2  pressed or minced garlic cloves
  • 2 – 3 Cups chopped turkey meat
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Cups uncooked Rice or Barley
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper for taste
Because I was making two batches of this soup at the same time I cut up more vegetables.
I make one batch with barley and a second with brown rice to be gluten free.
If you like more heartiness in each spoonful, as opposed to mostly liquid
then you’ll have to experiment with quantities for yourself.
Keep a record of how many cups of each diced vegetable, chopped turkey and grains
you use so you’ll know for the next time around.

Pressed garlic.

Heat pots on medium.

Once pot is warm add unsalted butter or Ghee.

As butter begins to melt, add diced carrots, celery and onions.

Saute until soft. Below.

Once softened, add pressed or minced garlic. Above.

Let garlic cook for a minute or two before adding the stock.

[I added 14 Cups stock to my large pot and

10 Cups stock to my smaller pot.]

While the homemade turkey stock comes to a boil (above)

chop the turkey meat (below).

I divided the meat for my two batches:

4+ Cups for the large pot w/ Barley

2+ Cups for the smaller pot w/ Rice

This is the rice I used.

 Once the stock comes to a boil, turn down heat to a simmer.

Add the grains and meat.

 Add 1/2 Cup Brown Rice (rinsed and drained).

[I added the rice to my smaller pot.]

 Pot barley.


Add 1/2 to 3/4 Cups of pot barley (rinsed and drained).

[I added the barley to my larger pot.]

Or maybe you would  like a combination?

Adding a cup of Pasta is another option.

Add chopped turkey meat.

 Cover. Simmer for 45 minutes.

(until rice or barley is cooked through)


I find that when I reheat soup on the stove the next day it tastes even better,

rather than reheating it in the microwave.

This soup freezes well.

Be sure to cool overnight in the refrigerator before transferring to plastic freezer containers.

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