I know, most everyone has a turkey soup recipe that uses their leftover holiday turkey. This recipe is for those folks who do not have one and for those who would like to try a new version. This one also works with ground turkey if you happen to be one of the folks that was not luck enough to have a spare turkey carcass hanging out.
For me, the key to a good turkey rice soup is the choice is herbs used in the broth. My preferred herbs are rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. I use them in equal parts, but have learned over the years that a base started with a turkey carcass needs more herbs than a base started with ground turkey.
Your base will be different too based on which way your start your soup. If you decide to go with a turkey carcass, you will need less soup base or bouillon, the roasted turkey skin and bones will provide quite a bit of flavor. In addition, I add my leftover turkey gravy.
First off, we all know that gravy is kind of weird heated back up. Secondly, I hate to lose my pan drippings or the broth that I cooked my goblets in. I always cook my giblets in some chicken broth and use this to moisten my dressing while I am waiting on the turkey to give up some drippings.