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Turkey Carcass Soup With Tomatoes, Carrots and Wild Rice

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.

turkey carcass soup with carrots, celery, potatoes and tomatoes in a dutch oven with kitchen towel and parsley beside it.

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.

leftover turkey soup with celery, tomatoes, carrots and wild rice in a white bowl with spoon.

Recipe Ingredients

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.

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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.

  1. Add turkey carcass and water to a large pot. Boil 1-2 hours. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the bones.
  2. Add broth and all other ingredients to the pot according to the recipe below.
  3. Bring to boil, then let simmer until veggies are tender.
  4. 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.

close up of carrots, celery, and potatoes in turkey carcass soup.

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.

close up of vegetables, turkey and rice in bowl with parsley sprinkled on top

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Turkey Carcass Soup With Tomatoes, Carrots and Wild Rice

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.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Turkey Broth:: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

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!

Recipe Notes:

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.
Nutrition
Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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.

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