Creamy Turkey, Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup Recipe

In this post I share my favorite soup recipes to create using left-over turkey.  This is my creamy turkey, wild rice and vegetable soup recipe.  Below you will find ingredient list and recipe.

The Creamy Turkey, Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup Recipe

This is my favorite soup to make on Thanksgiving weekend using left over oven roasted turkey.  We are usually finishing up outside chores or getting ready to decorate for Christmas so a bowl of warm soup is the best!   If you do not have turkey leftovers you can also use chicken and white rice for this recipe.

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Below is the list of ingredients you will need for this tasty meal.   Remember when using fresh herbs you need a little more than with dried.


  • Leftover Turkey
  • Wild Rice
  • carrots, celery and onion
  • butter
  • half and half
  • flour
  • can of cream soup (mushroom) if you want to cheat for cream!

How to make this recipe is super easy.  I’ve provided notes and a printable recipe card below.  I hope you consider leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of this recipe.

Creamy Turkey, Wild Rice and Vegetable Soup Printable Recipe Card

Creamy turkey, wild rice and vegetable soup recipe

Am I the only one who enjoyed learning how to make a ‘roux’ for cream in jr. high?  I really hope they still teach everyone how to make a soup base.  This soup was inspired by that recipe along with left over turkey.

Easy To Make Creamy Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Easy To Make Creamy Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped
  • 4 cups turkey broth/stock ( chicken works if you don't have turkey broth)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice (wild rice varieties are the best!)
  • Salt if needed
  • Pinch of black pepper
    for cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • or use 1 can of condensed cream soup (mushroom)
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked, chopped leftover turkey


  1. In a large saucepan or stock pot that will hold up to 8 cups, heat the butter until hot over medium heat.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, thyme and rosemary and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are slightly tender (takes about 4-5 minutes)
  3. Add the broth, rice. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the rice is tender. The exact time will depend on variety of rice and package directions. Wild rice takes about 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk together or blend the half and half and flour until smooth and there are no lumps in separate bowl. You can also 'cheat' and use a can of condensed cream soup like mushroom. Stir the flour mixture into the soup (or condensed cream soup) whisking quickly, and simmer.
  5. The mix should start thickening as you stir. If too thick add a little more half and half.
  6. Stir in the cooked turkey and heat through.
  7. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

The roux recipe is super easy.  In the days to come I will try and load a short video featuring how to mix this up using basic ingredients.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Be sure to click over and check out my other favorite recipes using turkey! 

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My leftover turkey recipes make me want to have Thanksgiving dinner all cold season long.   I would love to hear from you and what you do with your leftovers so please be sure to comment on this post.  Did you try this creamy turkey, wild rice and vegetable soup? Reach out to me anytime on my website to share your thoughts.

Happy Left Over Thanksgiving Turkey Day,

Bren Haas

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