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How to Make Turkey Carcass Soup

Learn how to make Turkey Carcass Soup with this easy recipe! Use the whole turkey and make a delicious dinner with Thanksgiving leftovers all while combating food waste!

If you are looking for more Thanksgiving leftover recipes, try some of my other favorites like my Simple Turkey Salad, Turkey Jalapeno Grilled Cheese, or my Turkey Avocado Salad.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this recipe for Turkey Carcass Soup because it uses the whole bird! Instead of discarding the turkey bones and remaining bits, you can transform them into a healthy and delicious soup that’s not only incredibly flavorful but also eco-conscious as you are not contributing to as much food waste!

By simmering the carcass, you can extract every last bit of flavor and nutrition from your Thanksgiving turkey! You are turning what would have been waste into a delicious meal that you can enjoy all week long.

I created this recipe with my friends at Organic Prairie as our missions really align when we talk about food waste. While some people believe meat companies can get a bad rap, that’s really only because of the way most meat companies do business. Factory farms are wrong on so many levels. But, when you buy from Organic Prairie you can feel confident that your meat was raised on a loving family farm, with dignity, and by organic standards.

I’m very passionate about organic food, as you know! But meat is a really big deal to me since I eat it so often. Which is why I’m very proud to continuously partner with Organic Prairie and very proud to recommend them to you for the best premium organic meat.

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Ingredients for Turkey Carcass Soup

Organic Prairie Turkey Carcass

Organic Carrots

Organic Celery

Organic Yellow Onion

Organic Russet Potatoes

Organic Kettle & Fire Vegetable Broth (use code MIMIBAKESCOOKIES for 20% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Frontier Co-Op Organic Black Pepper

Tools Needed

Slow Cooker

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How to Make Turkey Carcass Soup

Step 1

Dice the celery stalks. Slice the carrots diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Slice the onion into 1 to 2-inch pieces. Add these veggies to a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Cut the potatoes into 1 to 2-inch cubes, add into a separate bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Add the turkey carcass and vegetable broth to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or until the meat easily falls off the bones.

Step 4

Remove the carcass, bones, and skin from the slow cooker. Pull the turkey meat off and add back into the slow cooker.

Step 5

Add potatoes cook for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Add the carrots, celery, and onion and continue to cook for 1 hour or until the potatoes and veggies are done. Add salt and pepper to taste.

turkey carcass soup

FAQ's

Can I use different veggies?

Yes, of course! Feel free to use whatever veggies you like or have in your fridge.

What can I serve this with?

This easy Turkey Carcass Soup is delicious on its own, but you can also serve this with toast or salad. Try my Honey Butter Dinner Rolls, Simple Green Salad, or Lemon Rosemary Sourdough.

How should I store this?

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Why go organic?

You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.

Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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How to Make Turkey Carcass Soup

Mimi Council
Reduce food waste and make this Turkey Carcass Soup with your turkey carcass from Thanksgiving! This simple soup is comforting and nourishing all at the same time!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Makes 6 servings
Calories 88 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large celery stalks
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 Organic Prairie Whole Turkey carcass
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Dice the celery stalks. Slice the carrots diagonally into ½-inch thick slices. Slice the onion into 1 to 2-inch pieces. Add these veggies to a bowl and set aside.
  • Cut the potatoes into 1 to 2-inch cubes, add into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Add the turkey carcass and vegetable broth to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or until the meat easily falls off the bones.
  • Remove the carcass, bones, and skin from the slow cooker. Pull the turkey meat off and add back into the slow cooker.
  • Add potatoes cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, celery, and onion and continue to cook for 1 hour or until the potatoes and veggies are done. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.05gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 674mgPotassium: 490mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5550IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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