Quick, flavourful, and super filling- this crockpot turkey and rice soup recipe is all that and lots more. Go give it a try!
I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of utilizing leftovers. Not only is it a good way to prevent food wastage, but it also helps me save a few bucks.
And if you’re like me, and have a bit of cooked turkey (or chicken) that you want to put to use, this crockpot turkey and rice soup is an absolute must-try.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about it.
Can I Make it in a Pot?
You can definitely cook the soup in a regular pot as opposed to cooking it in your crockpot. You might need to cook the rice separately in another pot and add it to the soup once it is about 80% done. And of course, you can always throw in all the ingredients together, and cook it together as a one-pot meal.
Can I Use Pasta Instead of Rice?
While long-grained rice is the best choice for this soup, you can use your favorite pasta too, as an alternative. Elbow pasta is great, but you can opt for practically any other shape of your choice too. What Else Can I Add to the Turkey and Rice Soup?
This flavorful turkey and rice soup is super versatile, so you can add in a lot of different veggies and ingredients to make it even more nutritious and healthy. Here are a few ideas to consider.
- Sliced mushrooms
- Chopped spinach
- Bok choy
- Chopped kale
- Cauliflower florets
- Green peas
- Green beans
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Turkey and Rice Soup
This simple soup takes just a few minutes of prep time, but don’t forget to implement these additional tips and tricks to nail the recipe.
- While the turkey broth has enough flavor for the soup, you can lend this soup a bit of a ‘wow’ factor by adding some cayenne pepper or some chili powder into the mix.
- To lend some extra creaminess into the soup, you can add some sour cream or heavy cream towards the end, and give it a good mix.
- Depending on the kind of rice you are using (quick-cooking or regular), the cooking time might vary. Check to see if the rice is just done. Overcooking the rice will cause it to break down in the soup, and you won’t be able to enjoy the texture that you are looking for.
- This soup is a crockpot recipe, which is why it is a good idea to add the rice directly and not rinse it before you add it in. This way, the powdery starch coating will thicken the soup a bit- which is exactly what you need!
- To bump up the flavors of the soup, and give it an extra dose of the immune-boosting vitamin C, squeeze some lemon juice on the top.
How to Serve the Turkey and Rice Soup
This turkey and rice soup is a heartwarming meal in itself- just top it with a generous sprinkle of chopped parsley or green onions before you serve. You can also pair this with a side of grilled chicken caesar salad skewers or some vegan air fryer avocado rolls.
Crockpot Turkey and Rice Soup
- 2 c cooked turkey chopped or shredded
- 4 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 64 oz turkey broth
- 1 c long grain white rice
- Chop or shred your turkey.
- Peel and chop the carrots.
- Chop celery.
- Add turkey, carrots, and celery to the crockpot.
- Add spices and turkey broth.
- You may add the rice now, for a thicker broth, or wait if you want more of a liquid broth.
- Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. **If waiting to add the rice, add it 20 minutes before your soup should be done.