A great way to stretch the life of your Thanksgiving turkey! The carcass of a turkey is boiled in broth and joined by veggies, rice and beans to create a delicious soup.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the turkey carcass in a large stockpot with a lid. Pour the chicken broth over the turkey to mostly cover. Drop in the onion, celery, and garlic. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours, turning the carcass occasionally.

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  • Remove the carcass from the stock and set aside to cool. Remove the onion, celery and garlic from the stock and drop them into a blender along with about 1/2 cup of the stock, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the vegetable mixture moving before leaving it on to puree. Pour the pureed onion, celery, and garlic back into the stock.

  • Remove as much cooked turkey meat from the carcass as possible and add the meat to the stock. Stir in the chopped turkey breast, frozen mixed vegetables, rice, canned kidney beans, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and paprika. Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

1163.7 calories; 57.5 g protein; 25.1 g carbohydrates; 274.2 mg cholesterol; 295.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
I made this in my crockpot today. I made my broth with water as I didn't want my broth overpowering OR to have extra salt. I sauteed my veggies including carrot rings in a mixture of EVOO and butter before adding it to the stock. I also added a couple bay leaves. We don't really like kidney beans or frozen peas and carrots so we omitted those. This works really well in the crockpot just add the rice in right before serving. TIP: Add in your leftover gravy. It not only thickens your soup a bit it adds another layer of flavor! It's great to add in your leftover veggies too just to use everything up in one fell swoop. That's the great thing about turkey soup it's so forgiving and you can make it work to feed everyone you know. EDITED REVIEW: Yes I add my leftover gravy. I make sure to add cold gravy that I've skimmed off the fat previously. You can prevent fat issues by cooling the soup before serving so you can skim off the fat if you so choose. You can cut corners and use a canned gravy which makes the soup taste great with little effort. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
Have tried to make a good turkey bone soup 3 times, this is my third recipe. First, the photo is unappetizing. Mine did not look like that, mine was more green from the oregano, basil and frozen spinach I added. The recipe was very easy to make. Hubby did not like it, I thought it tasted okay but nothing to brag about. I liked the kidney beans, never had a turkey bone soup recipe with them before. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
I made this in my crockpot today. I made my broth with water as I didn't want my broth overpowering OR to have extra salt. I sauteed my veggies including carrot rings in a mixture of EVOO and butter before adding it to the stock. I also added a couple bay leaves. We don't really like kidney beans or frozen peas and carrots so we omitted those. This works really well in the crockpot just add the rice in right before serving. TIP: Add in your leftover gravy. It not only thickens your soup a bit it adds another layer of flavor! It's great to add in your leftover veggies too just to use everything up in one fell swoop. That's the great thing about turkey soup it's so forgiving and you can make it work to feed everyone you know. EDITED REVIEW: Yes I add my leftover gravy. I make sure to add cold gravy that I've skimmed off the fat previously. You can prevent fat issues by cooling the soup before serving so you can skim off the fat if you so choose. You can cut corners and use a canned gravy which makes the soup taste great with little effort. Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
I made this in my crockpot today. I made my broth with water as I didn't want my broth overpowering OR to have extra salt. I sauteed my veggies including carrot rings in a mixture of EVOO and butter before adding it to the stock. I also added a couple bay leaves. We don't really like kidney beans or frozen peas and carrots so we omitted those. This works really well in the crockpot just add the rice in right before serving. TIP: Add in your leftover gravy. It not only thickens your soup a bit it adds another layer of flavor! It's great to add in your leftover veggies too just to use everything up in one fell swoop. That's the great thing about turkey soup it's so forgiving and you can make it work to feed everyone you know. EDITED REVIEW: Yes I add my leftover gravy. I make sure to add cold gravy that I've skimmed off the fat previously. You can prevent fat issues by cooling the soup before serving so you can skim off the fat if you so choose. You can cut corners and use a canned gravy which makes the soup taste great with little effort. Read More
(86)
Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2008
Good recipe - we made it without the beans and liked it. My only complaint doesn't have anything to do with the original recipe but with a suggestion I took from another review of adding your leftover gravy to this recipe. I guess ours was really fatty because once we'd added it it made the broth very oily. Just a heads up. As for the recipe it's easy to make in the crockpot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2008
I basically used this recipe and instructions for making turkey stock except I used water instead of chicken broth. I then boiled carrots celery and noodles in the stock for turkey noodle soup. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2008
great recipe I ommited chicken broth and added Wild rice (I now live in minnesota) and Okra (mmm southern goodness) I'm from the south. Good bachelor chow. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2010
This soup turned out pretty good! Actually the best that I've ever made. I never followed a recipe before so that's probably why! haha Wasn't too sure about the kidney beans but had them in the cupboard so I threw them in. They were great:) I will follow this recipe again in the future. oh! I forgot to mention that instead of adding the frozen veggies I added the leftover steamed veggies from thanksgiving dinner. So I threw in the carrots broccoli and brussel sprouts into the blender with the 1/2 cups of stock. I also only had 1/2 cup of rice so I added a 1/2 cup of orzo. I found that this soup was even better the second day... and with a couple squirts of smoky tabasco in my bowl! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2010
Delish! My family likes their food spiced up and my soups have alwalys been bland. I followed this recipe to a T with one exception- I used orzo instead of rice. Perfect blend of seasonings to give it a perfect kick. Will definitelly make this again and again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
I didnt do the part about putting it all in a blender. I put the stock in the refridgerator overnight to skim off the fat the next day. I used a can of butter beans and Rice a Roni long grain rice and some brown rice. It came out great didn't really have to use any more spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2008
Used a leftover rotisserie chx so I only boiled it for one hour. Followed the rest of the recipe and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2010
We found the meat from the bones was quite enough without adding the additional breast. A good wholesome average soup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
Have tried to make a good turkey bone soup 3 times, this is my third recipe. First, the photo is unappetizing. Mine did not look like that, mine was more green from the oregano, basil and frozen spinach I added. The recipe was very easy to make. Hubby did not like it, I thought it tasted okay but nothing to brag about. I liked the kidney beans, never had a turkey bone soup recipe with them before. Read More
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