Turkey Soup


After you make a turkey for the holidays are you ever wondering what to do with the carcass and/or the left over turkey meat?  I had so much turkey left over from Thanksgiving a week after the holiday and I decided to make soup with it.  I had both legs and the wings left and a bunch of the dark meat left.  I decided to use my knowledge from making chicken noodle soup and make a soup broth with the bones and vegetables and I also flavored with spices used in the Thanksgiving meal; so it made a Thanksgiving dinner turned into a soup.  I ended up making so much soup that i had to put some in the freezer which will be nice on a cold winter night when I don’t feel like cooking or going out for dinner.



  • Left over legs and wings from the turkey
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 onions, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 4 bay leaves


  • turkey meat, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 qt chicken stock
  • 4 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


Use whatever turkey you have left. Usually its the legs and wings since everyone always goes after the white meat.

Add all the broth ingredients to a large stock pot and boil on medium heat for at least an hour or until the flavors infuse together.

While the broth is cooking, chop up the vegetables that will go into the soup.

Once the broth is done cooking, strain out all the vegetables and turkey bones leaving only the liquid. Pour the broth back into the pot and add the chicken broth, chopped vegetables, bay leaves and salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat until the vegetables are soft (30-45 minutes). Remove bay leaves before serving.


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