Slow-Cooker Turkey Soup


If you don't have a turkey carcass you can substitute 2 1/2 pounds of fresh turkey legs in this soup. Slideshow: More Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes 

Slow Cooker Turkey Soup
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
12 cups


  • 2 tablespoons rendered turkey fat or unsalted butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 turkey carcass with some meat attached, cut into pieces

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried sage

  • 8 cups turkey or chicken stock

  • 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Heat a slow cooker on high until hot. Stir in the turkey fat, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the turkey carcass, thyme, sage, and stock. Reduce the heat to low and cook the soup until the turkey meat is falling off the bones, 6 to 8 hours. Discard the turkey bones and season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve sprinkled with the parsley leaves.

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