Daddy’s Slow Cooker Turkey Soup

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I am going to gush for just a moment about my husband. I like to poke fun of him a lot in my posts. He is a really good sport about it. I tease about him being a “Yes daddy”, which he is, but he is the best “Yes daddy” out there. The truth is my husband is amazing. I often don’t give him enough credit for all that he does for the family. Lord knows, I am not always a picnic to be around, but he is consistently loving & supportive and I adore him for it.

Let me let you in on a little secret, I am not the greatest home maker. After the birth of our daughter, my housekeeping skills have become virtually non-existent. Thankfully, my husband helps with the household duties. He does the laundry & I hate doing it. I clean the bathrooms and floors & he rarely picks up a broom. We have a great balance for keeping our happy, messy home.

We also share in cooking duties. This weekend daddy did all the cooking. He made two of his specialties. He made his family recipe for venison mostaccioli, which unfortunately I can’t share & he made his famous crock pot turkey soup.

I am not much of a soup fan. It has never been a meal that excited me or filled me up, but my hubby’s soup is hearty & delicious and I love it. It is also a healthy and low fat meal option for those watching their diets.

Slow Cooker Turkey Soup


Leftover turkey carcass (12-14 lbs starting weight)

3 whole celery stalks

3 whole & peeled carrots

2 whole medium onions (peeled)

2 bay leaves

1 tsp dried minced garlic

1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper

1/4 tsp celery salt

1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder

1 tbsp salt

1 15 oz can of Veg-all (mixed vegetable blend)

1 14.5 oz can of chicken broth

1 2.25 oz pack of dry noodle soup mix (Lipton or store brand)

1/2 cup of pearled barley

Place all ingredients except last 4 to the bottom of a 6.5 quart slow cooker, with the carcass being added last. Fill the slow cooker with water. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. After 6-7 hours, strain the loose meat, whole vegetables & bones. Pick out the bones carefully, return the meat. Chop up the cooked carrots & celery stalks and add to slow cooker. Add the remainder of the ingredients & cook on low for 1 more hour.

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The soup was delicious as always. Our picky girl even enjoyed two bowls. Thanks daddy.

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  1. Looks quite tasty and thank you for sharing. My husband also is a great cook and love when he takes over in the kitchen. We usually come out with something that is out of this world to be quite honest if he is in the kitchen and so thankful that here, too!! šŸ™‚

  2. This looks so yummy! I should get my husband to make this šŸ™‚ He also helps a lot with cooking although only does laundry when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed. Haha. I thought it was great you posted this because I had just posted about my husband being my motivation this morning šŸ™‚ Anyway, love your blog… thanks for sharing!

  3. Yum! I think I will have to test out this recipe. I hate roasting a whole bird (I am assuming the recipe would be just as good with a chicken) because we always end up with a ton of leftovers I don’t know what to do with. This is a great way to use it all up and have a tasty, comforting winter meal.

  4. Thanks for the mention in your blog post! This turkey soup looks amazing. Definitely something to add to my winter rotation!

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