Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup

My mom always made turkey soup the day after Thanksgiving with the turkey carcass and all the Thanksgiving leftovers.  And I mean right down to adding cranberries and sweet potatoes to the soup, too.  What I always liked about her recipe was that it wasn’t based on exact ingredients, but rather what was left over and what she dared to put in it.

I hope everybody who is celebrating Thanksgiving is enjoying their holiday.

Here is an easy recipe for using up all of your leftovers.

Like my leftover grilled steak soup recipe, everything can be measured to more or less of what is listed and the result will still be delicious, guaranteed !  



Making the broth:

Fill large soup pot 2/3rd full

Turkey carcass

3 stalks celery with leaves, cut down just enough to fit

3 carrots unpeeled, cut down just enough to fit

1 large onion quartered, but  not peeled

2 cloves garlic, halved, but not peeled

4 sprigs fresh parsley, or two teaspoon dry

1 teaspoon dried thyme, sage or basil (crushed)

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

– Bring all of the above to a boil, and then simmer for 2-1/2 hours.

– Strain broth into another large pot, or several smaller pots (we use a pasta strainer)

– Pull out any turkey meat pieces that look good enough to go back into the soup

– Discard all of the remaining bones, veggies, etc…


Making the Thanksgiving leftovers soup

– Pour all broth back into the large soup pot

– Cut up any left over turkey into bite size pieces and add to the broth

– Add 2 more stalks celery and carrots, bite size,  peeled, no leaves

– Add any or all of your Thanksgiving leftovers using your own discretion

Here are some portion suggestions:

1 cup mashed potatoes

3/4 cup gravy

1 cup turkey dressing

1 cup stuffing

2 cups green bean casserole

1 cup greens or spinach

And, so on according to your leftovers.

Lastly add any additional frozen or fresh veggies to your liking.

Bring all to a boil, and then simmer for another 2-1/2 hours.

 My mom used to add sweet potatoes and leftover cranberries, too, so don’t be afraid to mix these flavors together.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy ~ Amy


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2 Responses to Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Soup

  1. Feral Turtle November 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I think our Moms had the same recipe! She made the best soup! Hope your holiday weekend is wonderful Amy!! xoxo

  2. Heather December 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Where’s my mom’s turkey carcass when I need it? Love this recipe!!

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