Turkey Carcass Soup {What to do with Leftover Turkey}

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Turkey Carcass Soup, the most flavorful turkey soup you will ever make.  Don't throw the carcass away, it's the star of this recipe!  

Instead of throwing out the turkey carcass, I put it in a stockpot and filled it with water. Simmer it for an hour or two and then easily remove the meat.  Discard the bones and add your vegetables and 15 minutes before serving add the pasta shell.  

You will be surprised how much turkey meat remains on the bones after carving it.  I hope this year you save your turkey carcass and make this delicious from scratch soup.  Enjoy!

Turkey Carcass Soup
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can whole kernal corn
  • 1 can English peas
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 oz. pasta shells
Place the turkey carcass into a large stock pot.   Add water to just over the carcass. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until meat starts to release from the bones.  Remove turkey carcass and any other bones left in the bottom of the pot.  Chop any of the bigger pieces of remaining turkey meat.  

Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a large container.  Pour broth back into the stock pot.  Add the chopped turkey to the strained broth; bring to a boil.  Add celery, onions, tomatoes, corn, peas, carrots and bay leaves.  

To season add coriander, onion powder and garlic powder.  Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Cook for an hour and add pasta and cook 15-20 minutes.  Remove bay leaf before serving.

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Kay Little
Kay Little

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