4 tbsp unsalted butter
5-1/4 c diced onion
2-1/2 c diced carrots
2-1/2 c diced celery
1/2 lb unsalted butter
3/4 lb all purpose flour
1 Gallon TURKEY STOCK or low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 c chopped Italian parsley
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 Medium bay leaves
1 (10-oz) package frozen green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (10-oz) frozen sweet corn
1 (10-oz) frozen peas
1-1/4 c heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper As needed
4 c shredded COOKED TURKEY OR PULLED TURKEY
2 c cooked white, long grain rice
Chopped parsley for garnish As needed
Heat a large (10-12 quart) soup pot over high heat. Add 4 tablespoons butter and sauté the onions, carrots and celery until very soft.
While the vegetables are cooking, in a medium saucepan make a roux - melt 1/2 pound butter, add the flour and cook until the color is pale yellow and sandy.
While the roux is cooking, heat the stock in another pot.
Add the hot stock to the roux while whisking. Continue to whisk until mixture is smooth. Cook over low heat until thickened slightly and not lumpy.
Add the thickened stock to the sautéed vegetables. Stir in parsley, thyme, bay leaves, green beans, corn and peas. Simmer until vegetables are cooked.
Add the heavy cream to the soup, season with salt and pepper, and adjust consistency as needed with cream. Add cooked or pulled turkey. Continue to heat until soup gently simmers for 2-3 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
Place 1 tablespoon cooked white rice in bowls. Ladle soup on top and garnish with chopped parsley.