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    Day After Thanksgiving Soup

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    3 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    3 hrs

    ellie_'s Note:

    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)

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    For soup

    • 6 -8 ounces pasta (small shapes or egg noodles) or 1/2 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. 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. 2
      Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme (or sage) to pan and cook for 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add water (enough to cover turkey carcass), bouillion cubes, tomato, gravy (if available) and pan juices (if available). Bring to a boil.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours.
    5. 5
      Strain broth, reserving turkey pieces (I usually get 1-3 cups turkey pieces).
    6. 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. 7
      Stir in parsley and salt and pepper.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 27, 2012


      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

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    • on December 29, 2004


      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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Day After Thanksgiving Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (277 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 175.5
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 10.4 mg
    Sodium 555.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 4.3 g
    Protein 5.3 g

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    turkey carcass

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