Turkey carcass soup is a delicious way to use the leftover turkey bones from holiday dinner. Made with fresh vegetables, leftover turkey, and wild rice, this recipe is healthy and flavorful. First, the turkey bone broth is made, then the soup is cooked.
Turkey Carcass Soup
This soup is a delicious way to enjoy your leftover turkey and use up that carcass from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The recipe is created in two steps, first the turkey broth is made using the turkey carcass. Next, the bone broth is used to create a delicious healthy soup using leftover turkey meat.
I love this soup recipe because it’s loaded with healthy vegetables! It’s a great meal to serve after the holidays when you want to get back on track with eating healthier.
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Ingredients Shopping List
Here’s what you’ll need to make this soup:
- 1 Turkey Carcass – You might have to break the carcass into smaller pieces in order to fit into your pot. Be careful as the bones can be sharp!
- Water – Used to make the turkey broth in the first step of this soup.
- 28 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes – You don’t normally see diced tomatoes in leftover turkey soup, but trust me it’s a delicious addition! > Buy Large Canned Diced Tomatoes Here.
- 3 cups Leftover Turkey Meat – This can be light or dark meat from your turkey.
- 2 cups Chopped Potatoes – You can use any kind of potatoes you want. I ended up using russet potatoes, but baby potatoes would taste great too!
- 4 Large Carrots – These are peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces.
- 3 Celery Ribs – I used 3 sticks of celery, chopped small.
- 1 cup Yellow Onion – You could also use a white onion.
- 1 cup Uncooked Wild Rice – Adds a nice texture to the soup! > Buy my favorite organic Wild Rice Here.
Here’s what’s used to flavor the soup:
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce – I prefer gluten-free versions, but regular will also work. > Buy Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce Here.
- 1 Bay Leaf – This is discarded at the end of cooking soup. > Buy Bay Leafs Here.
- 1 tsp Poultry Seasoning – Adds incredible fragrance and subtle flavor while the soup is simmering. > Buy Poultry Seasoning Here.
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley – You can also use fresh parsley. I prefer dried parsley in my soups. It’s just easier. > Buy Dried Parsley Here.
- ½ tsp Salt and Pepper – I used ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp ground pepper. Feel free to add more or less if needed.
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Recipe Cost = $5
I’m not including the turkey carcass in the price of this soup as it’s considered a leftover that many people discard. The potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, rice, diced tomatoes and spices cost less than $5! This is certainly a cheap and affordable meal to make for your family (these prices will vary slightly depending on where you live).
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Kitchen Equipment I Used
- 7 qt Cast Iron Dutch Oven – The entire recipe was cooked in my large 7 quart dutch oven. It is large enough to hold a turkey carcass and make a large pot of soup! > Buy 7 qt Dutch Oven Here.
- Fine Mesh Strainer – A fine mesh strainer is perfect for making the turkey broth. It will stop the smaller pieces of bones from getting into your soup. > Buy Fine Mesh Strainer Here.
- Wood Spoon – Used to stir the soup without scratching the enamel surface of the pot. > Buy Wood Spoon Here.
- Soup Ladle – The easiest way to pour soup into bowls. I love mine with a wood handle and silicone base. > Buy My Soup Ladle Here.
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How To Make Turkey Carcass Soup
Everything is cooked in one pot: First, the bone broth is cooked and strained. Next, all other ingredients are added to make the soup.
Here’s an overview of how to make it with the full recipe instructions at the bottom of this post.
- Make The Broth – Add the turkey carcass to a large pot. You might need to break the carcass in order for it to fit (note: the bones can be sharp so do this carefully). Pour enough water to fill the pot ¾ full. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer for 1-2 hours. The longer you simmer, the deeper the flavor and nutrition of the broth. Feel free to add more water to the pot during the simmering process as it will start to cook down. See my homemade bone broth recipe with instant pot and slow cooker instructions.
- Strain Broth – Once broth is done, lay a fine mesh strainer overtop of a bowl. Use a soup ladle to pour the broth and bones through the strainer. Discard any excess bones. Turkey meat on the bones can be saved for the soup.
- Make Leftover Turkey Soup – Add 10 cups of turkey bone broth to a large pot (if you have extra you can save the rest for future recipes). Add all other ingredients, and bring the soup to a boil then reduce to let simmer until the vegetables are tender when poked with a fork.
- Serve – Use a soup ladle to pour the soup into bowls. Serve and enjoy!
How To Store Leftover Turkey Soup
This soup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days, or frozen for up to 6 months. To thaw, defrost the soup in the fridge overnight, then add to soup pot to reheat leftovers.
Turkey Carcass Soup Tips and Tricks
Break The Turkey Carcass Into Smaller Pieces: The bones will be too big for most pots. It’s easier to break the weaker pieces off in order to make them fit. Be careful during this step – the bones are sharp!
Use the Skin, Bones, Unwanted Turkey Meat: Save any pieces of the turkey you aren’t serving at the dinner table. These are perfect for making the turkey bone broth.
Make Extra Broth For Future Recipes: Any extra bone broth can be added to an ice cube tray and frozen. Add the cubes to a freezer bag for later use in soups and stews.
Store Broth In Mason Jars: I love to use 8 qt mason jars to store extra broth in the fridge. They’re cheap and affordable.
Make Broth The Day Before Soup: This soup is a 2-step process. I ended up making the bone broth the day before, storing it in the fridge, and making the soup for dinner the following night.
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Here are some more easy dinner recipes using turkey:
- Leftover Turkey Pot Pie – This recipe has a creamy, gravy-like filling that’s loaded with vegetables and inside a flaky pie crust.
- Ground Turkey Soup with Kale and Beans – Healthy, hearty and made with lean ground turkey.
- Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet – Easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights.
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Turkey Carcass Soup With Tomatoes, Carrots and Wild Rice
- 1 turkey carcass - broken into smaller pieces to fit pot
- water - enough to fill the pot ¾ full
- 1 28 oz canned diced tomatoes - drained
- 3 cups chopped turkey meat
- 2 cups chopped potatoes
- 4 carrots - peeled and chopped
- 3 celery ribs - chopped
- ½ yellow onion - diced
- 1 cup wild rice - uncooked
- 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp salt and pepper - ½ tsp each
How To Make Turkey Broth:
- Add the turkey carcass to a large pot along with any leftover turkey bones and unwanted turkey pieces. Pour enough water to fill the pot ¾ full. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to let simmer for 1-2 hours. The longer you simmer, the deeper the flavor an nutrition of the broth.
- Once broth is done, remove carcass and pour broth into a bowl through a strainer. Discard smaller bones and unwanted pieces. Meat on bones can be saved for the soup.
- Pour 10 cups of turkey bone broth into a large pot. Extra broth can be saved in the fridge or frozen for future recipes.
Turkey Carcass Soup:
- Add all other ingredients to the soup pot: diced tomatoes, turkey meat, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and uncooked wild rice.
- Add in all the seasonings: worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, poultry seasoning, dried parsley, salt and pepper.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer until all vegetables are tender when poked with a fork. This will take 15-20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
- Use a soup ladle to pour soup into bowls. Serve and enjoy!
Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.