Turkey Soup

Recipe of the Month: Turkey Soup

Recipe of the MonthINGREDIENTS

  • 1 turkey carcass (leftover from Thanksgiving or Christmas)
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 small pablano chopped
  • 1 small red pepper chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 kalarabi (or turnip) peeled and chopped
  • 18 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz cannellini beans
  • Chicken stock (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Put the turkey carcass in a large pot, cover it with water, bring it to a boil and then lower to simmer and cover with lid. Let it cook for at least 4 hours adding more water (or chicken stock if you prefer) if needed.
  • Remove the carcass. Pick any meat off the bones and put it (the meat) back into the pot ā€“ discard the carcass.
  • Add all the other ingredients except the beans and simmer till they are soft ā€“ probably about another hour.
  • Add the beans.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook long enough to heat the beans ā€“ serve with a nice baguette and butter.
  • The spices that were on the turkey should have added some nice flavor to the soup. If you feel it needs something you can always add Italian seasoning and/or garlic.


This is like a vegetable soup. You can add any vegetables you have or leftovers you want to get rid of. My brother- in- law always did this the day after Thanksgiving and Iā€™ve always said I would do it too. This year I finally did. Great way to use up leftover turkey and turkey on the bone that might otherwise get thrown away.

Posted in Recipe of the Month.