Turkey carcass soup is a delicious way to use the leftover turkey bones from holiday dinners. Made with fresh vegetables, leftover turkey, and wild rice, this recipe is healthy and flavorful. First, a homemade turkey bone broth is simmered on the stove, then used to create the delectable soup.
Use Your Turkey Leftovers
This soup is a delicious way to enjoy your leftover turkey and use up that carcass. 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.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this soup:
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!
VEGETABLES: It’s piled high with veggies including carrots, celery, potatoes, tomatoes and onion.
RICE: This adds nice texture to the soup! I recommend using wild rice, but brown or white rice should also work.
SEASONINGS: It’s a flavorful soup all thanks to the homemade broth, worcestershire sauce, poultry seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper.
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.
- Add turkey carcass and water to a large pot. Boil 1-2 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the bones.
- Add broth and all other ingredients to the pot according to the recipe below.
- Bring to boil, then let simmer until veggies are tender.
- Serve with crackers or warm crusty bread and enjoy!
How To Store Leftovers
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 all 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.
Here are some more easy dinner recipes using turkey:
- Leftover Turkey Pot Pie has a creamy, gravy-like filling that’s loaded with vegetables and inside a flaky pie crust.
- Ground Turkey Soup with Kale and Beans is healthy, hearty, and made with lean ground turkey.
- Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is 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.