Creamy Lemon Turkey Rice Soup

Creamy Lemon Turkey Rice Soup

There are many times during the year when a good recipe for leftover turkey will come in handy – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and more
Course Soup


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 cups turkey broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup long grain rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh cilantro minced


  • Add the butter to a heavy dutch oven and saute the onion, chopped carrots and celery over a medium low setting for about 3 to 5 minutes. The vegetables should be softened, but not starting to brown.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable mixture, and stir to coat evenly.
  • Pour in first the milk, and then the turkey broth, slowly as you stir continuously.
  • Measure in the uncooked rice to the pot. Cover, and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  • Add the turkey, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir together.
  • Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes to combine the flavors.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and zest, and chopped cilantro, just before serving.
  • Garnish with lemon slices if desired.


Note: To make the turkey broth from a carcass, first cut off most of the meat, leaving some on the bones for flavor. Add the carcass to a large soup pot, and cover with water. Cover and boil for 1-2 hours. Remove the bones and skin, and it’s ready to use.
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