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Turkey Vegetable Chowder

Although we are entering spring according to the calendar, it feels more like winter around here and so we are still enjoying our winter soups and fresh breads. I got this recipe for turkey chowder from a friend of mine many years ago, when she still had five children to cook for and this was one of their family favorites. What's not to like about it? It has become one of our family favorites as well and so I will pass it along for you to try.

Turkey Vegetable Chowder
  • 2 turkey legs
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery (with tops), chopped
  • 4-5 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1 can corn whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  1. Put turkey legs in a large stockpot with ten cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until turkey is very tender. Using slotted spoon, remove turkey legs and set aside to cool.
  2. Add onion, potato, carrots and celery, salt, pepper, and basil...and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cut turkey into bite sized pieces (discarding skin and bone) and add to the soup pot along with the corn.
  3. Using a wire whip, combine flour and milk and stir mixture into soup. Add grated cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until soup returns to a boil. Cook several minutes longer to melt cheese and thicken slightly. Sprinkle with parsley.

Notes: I buy turkey drumsticks in the frozen meat section of the grocer...and prefer the smoked turkey drumsticks. They are more pricey, but give the soup a bit a smokey flavour. I have also used turkey leftovers to make this soup. Fresh basil is a wonderful addition.


  1. it is still soup season around here, and we love soup. now i have another one to add to the menu list...thanks judy, i can smell it cooking....;-)

  2. We're a soup in all seasons family and this looks so good...

  3. This soup is fantastic. . I had some at Judy's and loved it .. we even had her go to her freezer to show us a frozen smoked drumstick so we'd know what to look for at the grocery store. Really tasty soup.

  4. Sounds like this sure warms the heart today...I'm off to make a big batch for Sunday lunch...I know it will be a favorite.

  5. I agree with that soup at any time. I make a very similar soup and whats not to like indeed! What a great shot...on this rainy noonhour coming up I sure could use some of that...can you send some my way? ooops...forgot, I do have some borscht in my lunchkit...grin But Turkey Soup seems more delightful after seeing that picture.

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  7. I like soup anytime of year but do make it more often in winter.
    Smoked turkey drumstick..yummy!

  8. Soup season is all year round at my house. ;) I think it looks fantastic. Our grocery store regularly clearances turkey drumsticks, now I know what to do with them!

  9. Brandt smoked turkey legs come in a two pack at Costco. They are much more reasonable than most supermarkets.

  10. Will this soup freeze well even with the cheese in it?

    1. It freezes well. Just allow the soup to cool completely before packaging for the freezer.