Slow Cooker Turkey Soup

Slow cooker turkey soup recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
597 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
73g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 597
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 768mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 73g
Calcium 134mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, you might have some leftover cooked turkey in your freezer. Even when it's not a holiday, having a roasted bird is great for making comforting soups like this recipe. This one is especially easy since the turkey is already cooked. Just add some simple ingredients you probably have in the fridge and then throw it all in your crockpot. Coming home after a long day of work to the smells of delicious turkey soup will make preparing a bird ahead of time worth it. It makes enough to eat for a few days, so you can even freeze into perfectly portioned containers for easy grab-and-go lunches for work. 


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 shallots (minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup carrots (sliced)
  • 1 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups cooked turkey breast (chopped)
  • 4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 4 cups chopped kale (stems removed)
  • Optional topping: 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley, grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for slow cooker turkey soup
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  2. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook the shallot, garlic, carrots, and celery, stirring frequently until everything is softened, about 10 minutes.

    Heat onions and carrots
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  3. Add the salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and thyme and cook for a minute more.

    Cook carrots and onions
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  4. Add all the ingredients to a large crockpot.

    Add ingredients to crockpot
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  5. Cook 6 to 8 hours on high until rice is tender.

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  6. Top with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.

    Add parsley
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

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