Savory Turkey Soup, using Thanksgiving leftovers

Savory Turkey Soup, from Thanksgiving leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for so many blessings but at this moment I’m most thankful to relax. I can put up my feet, savor another pomegranate cocktail and watch good-boy hubbie  clean the kitchen.

Sigh – not just yet. Richard’s gripping that picked-plucked turkey in a vice, making moves to discard it in the trash.

     “Drop that bird and put the carcass in the pot!”

Did he forget the value in those bones? That carcass will make the best soup of the year! My job isn’t over until the turkey bones, stray bits and juices are in my largest pot, simmering on the stove.

This recipe is loosey-goosey, the ultimate “kitchen sink” soup, as the end result largely depends on your holiday leftovers. I used my leftover turkey meat, “Wild Rice, Fennel and Sausage” stuffing as well as leftover “Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mushrooms”–the mashed potatoes slightly thickening the stock into a silky, savory brew.

Recipe: Savory Turkey Soup Using Thanksgiving Leftover


  • Turkey carcass, including skin and accumulated juices
  • 1 onion, quartered (skin on)
  • 2 carrots, washed, unpeeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • Celery tops, optional
  • 3-6 black peppercorns
  • Leftover fresh herbs, optional
  • Bay leaf, optional
  • Leftover turkey, cubed
  • Additional Thanksgiving leftovers, such as gravy, potatoes, rice and vegetables*


  1. Remove all usable turkey meat from turkey carcass. Chop and reserve meat with leftover turkey.
  2. Place carcass, skin and juices into a large stock pot and completely cover with water to exceed carcass by 1-2 inches.
  3. Place yellow onion, carrots, celery tops, peppercorns, herbs and bay leaf, if desired, into pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer, skimming off any foam accumulating on the surface of stock.
  4. Simmer until flavorful, about 4 hours, uncovered, occasionally skimming off foam.
  5. Strain stock through a very fine mesh strainer. (At this point you may refrigerate stock for later use. When proceeding with recipe, remove and dispose accumulated fat congealed at the top of the stock.)
  6. Add leftover turkey and additional leftovers to the stock, reheat and serve.

*No leftovers? Simply simmer egg noodles in strained broth for a soul-satisfying meal.

Active Time: 30 minutes

Simmer Time: 4 hours

Number of servings (yield): 12

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