Thanksgiving’s over and you’re left with a few turkey scraps and the carcass. You might be tempted to throw it out, but don’t! That bird still has one more trick up its wing. Here’s an easy soup recipe you can make with your leftover turkey and carcass.
If you’re just too tired to think about cooking something else right now, no problem. Just wrap up the turkey carcass and scraps and put them in the freezer for a couple of weeks and come back to this recipe. Otherwise, let’s get started making a hearty turkey soup.
My original recipe from Thanksgiving leftovers
Stretch your food dollars and make homemade turkey soup
I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to make Thanksgiving dinner, and even luckier that my hostess sends me home with the carcass and some leftover meat. So I came up with this turkey soup recipe that’s foolproof and tasty every time. And you wouldn’t believe how wonderful it smells while it’s cooking! Savory poultry seasoning is the key.
And you’re not limited to just using turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving. This is a great recipe to make year round using leftover chicken carcasses. Think about those yummy rotisserie chickens you can get at the market, Costco or Sam’s Club. Wrap up the carcass and stick it in the freezer. When you get two or three of them, go ahead and make this recipe. You’ll get a few extra meals from those $5 chickens. How’s that for stretching a buck!
- Turkey carcass and leftover turkey (cut into chunks)
- 12 oz carrots peeled and sliced
- 1½ onions chopped
- 5 stalks of celery sliced
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 2½T poultry seasoning
- ½ tsp pepper
- 6 chicken bouillon cubes
- ½ stick of butter (2 oz)
- ¼ to ½ cup of regular or whole wheat flour
- Place the turkey carcass in a large pot along with the vegetables, rice and seasoning. (The leftover turkey meat, butter and flour will be used later.) Put enough water in the pot to nearly cover the turkey carcass. Bring to a boil and cook for about an hour. The veggies should be tender.
- Remove the turkey carcass from the pot and take the meat off the bones. Put the turkey scraps back in the pot along with the leftover turkey meat.
- In a small frying pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook 3 to 5 minutes to make a roux. Gradually add some broth into the roux and stir all the lumps out. When the roux is about the thickness of gravy, gradually add it into the soup. Mix well and cook until the broth is thickened, about 15 minutes or so. Add more salt and pepper if desired.
Poultry seasoning, the key to a flavorful turkey soup
Poultry seasoning, a blend of sage, marjoram and thyme, makes a tasty soup with leftover turkey. Here’s a good recipe to make your own poultry seasoning blend with spices you probably already have in your cupboard.
Pictorial for making turkey soup from a carcass
Put the turkey carcass, spices and vegetables in the pot with enough water to almost cover the carcass.
Remove the carcass after boiling for an hour and take the meat off the bones.
Make the roux. This is what it looks like after cooking for about five minutes, prior to adding broth.
Add broth to the roux until it’s about as thick as gravy, then mix the roux into the soup.
Cook the soup for about 15 minutes after adding the roux.
Time to eat!