Day After Thanksgiving Soup

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I always make this soup the day after Thankgiving or anytime we have a turkey carcass. It is very adaptable depending what vegetables and pasta that you have on hand. Some years for a change of pace I use uncooked rice instead of the pasta. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit (October 1985)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 cooked turkey carcass, chopped in big pieces in order to fit in the soup pot
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 -3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pinch dried thyme or 1 pinch subsitute dried sage
  • 6 -12 cups water
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes (optional for added flavor)
  • 1 tomatoes, chopped (or add 1 six-ounce pan tomato paste or 1 can tomato juice, depending on what is on hand)
  • turkey gravy (optional)
  • pan juices (optional)
  • For soup

  • 6 -8 ounces pasta (small shapes or egg noodles) or 12 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup mushroom, sliced (or subsitute another vegetable-green beans is also good)
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add turkey carcass and brown lightly, stirring occassionally (8-10 minutes).
  2. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme (or sage) to pan and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add water (enough to cover turkey carcass), bouillion cubes, tomato, gravy (if available) and pan juices (if available). Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours.
  5. Strain broth, reserving turkey pieces (I usually get 1-3 cups turkey pieces).
  6. Return broth to pan (I use a clean pan). Bring to a boil and add pasta (or rice), celery, carrots, and mushrooms (or other vegetables). Bring to a boil and cook for 10-20 minutes or until pasta and vegetables are done.
  7. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper.


Most Helpful

Cool, never tried to brown the carcass before. Soup came out great, very similar to mine but I never used sage and garlic. I think it will become my standard. Didn't add the pasta since my daughter is going carb free, but a very good soup. Thanks for a great dinner on a cold night ellie! Made for PRMR Nov 2012

Buzymomof3 November 27, 2012

This made a great tasting soup for dinner tonight. I used lima beans, ring shaped pasta, about a1/4 can diced tomatoes leftover in the fridge, and a little leftover gravy. Thanks Ellie!

Sharon123 December 29, 2004

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