Turkey Stock


Make a great turkey stock with the carcass and then create wonderful soups. This recipe is the basic stock recipe my great-grandma used and her mother before her. Once you have a basic stock you can add leftovers, use it to cook rice, or make a soup with dumplings — the uses are endless! Hot stock with a few veggies and alphabet pasta is a great after-school warm-up. I have soup made in the fridge so hubby can snack on it instead of junk.

close up view of Turkey Stock in a bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 turkey carcass

  • 3 onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 1 bunch celery, coarsely chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, or to taste

  • 3 bay leaves

  • water to cover


  1. Combine turkey carcass, onions, carrots, celery, green bell pepper, garlic, chicken bouillon cubes, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a stockpot; pour in enough water to cover. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until flavors blend, about 1 hour. Remove stockpot from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.

  2. Strain stock through a cheesecloth and discard solids.

Cook's Notes:

I keep ends of root veggies and tops of bell peppers to use in meat stock when I make soup from leftover Sunday roast. Leaving the skin on the onion will darken stock and add more taste. I use roasted peppers and whole roasted garlic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
1g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 16mg 81%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 358mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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