Day After Thanksgiving Soup

"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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Ready In:
3hrs 20mins


  • 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 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


  • Melt butter in a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add turkey carcass and brown lightly, stirring occassionally (8-10 minutes).
  • Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme (or sage) to pan and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add water (enough to cover turkey carcass), bouillion cubes, tomato, gravy (if available) and pan juices (if available). Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours.
  • Strain broth, reserving turkey pieces (I usually get 1-3 cups turkey pieces).
  • 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.
  • Stir in parsley and salt and pepper.

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  1. 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
  2. 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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