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This recipe calls for a turkey carcass - perfect for making scrumptious leftovers after Christmas.

186 people made this

IngredientsServes: 10

  • 1 picked over turkey carcass
  • 300g leftover stuffing
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1L water
  • 1.5L chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 300g long-grain white rice
  • 300g frozen garden peas

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:1hr25min ›Ready in:1hr45min

  1. Place the turkey carcass in a large, deep pot, and add the stuffing, celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, sage, water and chicken stock. Pour in additional water if needed to cover. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 1 hour, skimming off any foam. Remove the carcass and any bones. Pick any meat off and return to the pot, discarding bones and skin.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the rice and return to the boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the peas, and continue to simmer until rice is tender, about 10 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste.

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Tasty use of leftover Christmas Dinner-02 Jan 2013

by LML

I made this soup this morning and we just had it for lunch. I followed the recipe exactly except for the peas (didn't have any on hand) but next time will be sure to add those. This soup is so great!! Everyone loves it and several people had seconds - the flavors are excellent and we really like how the stuffing adds another dimension to the soup. Definitely a keeper - next time I'll probably cut back on the rice by about 1/2 cup - the proportion of rice to other ingredients was a little heavy. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!-23 Nov 2007

by Thisni Caza

The flavor is OK but the consistency is that of a rice casserole. I thought two cups of rice was a lot. Maybe I did something wrong. (I don't think so.) I followed the recipe except that I didn't have any sage (but my dressing had a lot), and I forgot to add the peas. I didn't follow the methods as I didn't want to cook my fresh veggies for an hour and a half, which can render them essentially flavorless, not to mention mushy. I cooked the turkey bones and broth; removed the bones, strained the broth, then addeded the stuffing, veggies, and rice. Anyway, the idea of using stuffing and rice is a novel use of leftover stuffing and does taste good. If I try this recipe again, I would not use (canned) chicken broth due to the high sodium content, and because simmering the turkey bones is basically making stock anyway.-01 Dec 2007


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Am I the only one excited about leftovers? I don’t think so but regardless, in due time, you will thank me for this delicious leftover turkey soup recipe. Perhaps you’re still planning your Thanksgiving (or Christmas) menu but don’t forget about all the leftovers.

A fridge full of delicious food from the big feast but you’re tired of turkey sandwiches. You want something warm and cozy, a bowl of food that you can enjoy while lounging on the sofa. This turkey soup is what you need! Easy to make in less than 30 minutes and so flavorful and delicious. This soup transforms leftovers into rich and creamy deliciousness!

So if you ask yourself what to do with all the leftover turkey, trust me and make this easy turkey corn chowder! No turkey? No problem! You can also use rotisserie chicken.


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Who here is obsessed with carcasses? Spoiler alert: I am.

Fact or fiction?: Julia made The Most Epic Turkey Stock Evah last week.

You see this soup here? Totally not made with The Most Epic Turkey Stock Evah. Totally made with store-bought chicken broth.

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is the turkey carcass. My family always leaves a uuuuuge amount of meat on the bones and no one ever wants the carcass. I want the carcass always. So per usual, I got my carcass after our Thanksgiving feast was over, and I determined I would make the most bangarang turkey stock ever. And so I did. And guys, it really was bangarang. Like I even told my mom, &ldquoMah. I made bangarang turkey stock.&rdquo For the stock-ing process, I left the remaining meat on the bones and allowed the stock to cook on low overnight. This resulted in super flavorful stock and super tender leftover meat.

When I pulled the meat off the bone, eating bits of delicious succulent dark meat along the way, and strained the stock, my knees were weak with love. I had love-weak knees. That&rsquos how great this whole experience was. Bonus points: I ended up with like a gallon of stock. That&rsquos money saved in the ol&rsquo piggy bank times one gallon! Let&rsquos put it all that money-saving stock in a big ass mason jar, shall we? Sure!

You see where this is going.

Bones in trash, meat in a zipperlock baggie, stock in jar. Bueno.

Time to put my jar o&rsquo stock in the fridge. You know how sometimes you luck out when you drop something made out of glass and your fragile-istic item doesn&rsquot break, and you&rsquore like, &ldquophew! Thank GAH I had luck today!&rdquo? That didn&rsquot happen in this case. I went to put my big ass mason jar of fabulous stock in my refrigerator, and the thing took a flying leap into the air like a possessed wombat and chucked itself at the floor.

Okay, what really happened was butter fingers here dropped the jar from like 4 inches above the kitchen tile (4 INCHES. ) and the whole thing shattered in the most obnoxiously dramatic way. Glass all asunder, turkey stock splooooooged everywhere. I stood there in a puddle of delicious stock, my fancy boots soaked (like it would have been convenient to be wearing galoshes, but again: no luck was found the day I dropped The Most Epic Turkey Stock Evah).

When things like this happen, it usually takes me a hot minute to figure out to do. Like, I mentally search for the Edit -> Undo option in the magical place where reality meets fantasy land, and once I&rsquom unable to find it (which is always), I then make my plan of attack. Long story short, I clean the gallon of stock off my everything and abandon the idea of making soup, because: no stock.

and then, after a couple of days of mourning my loss, it dawns on me that I can just use store-bought chicken broth with my leftover turkey. So that&rsquos what I did, and the rest is history.

This soup is heart-aaaay! It&rsquos all spruced up with root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and turnips, and is packed with all sorts of herb-y turkey flavor. If you still have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, this is a great way of putting it to use. You can even make a double or triple batch to freeze for later. If you&rsquore fresh out of turkey leftovers, you can totes use chicken.


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I know many of you foodies love turkey, especially around holidays.

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or a family get-together, you just can’t go wrong with turkey, right?

But I want to know, what do you do with the leftovers?

And what if it comes out a bit dry or overcooked?

Well, don’t! Because all is not lost. There is a way to make it delicious again and it’s easier than you might think.

One of my favorite quotes by Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (18th-century French chemist) says that ‘in nature, nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes’.

I know it may sound a bit academic, but I think it often makes a lot of sense in the kitchen.

I mean, think about it for a second. Don’t we all throw away leftovers without giving it a second thought?

But at the same time, don’t you hate it when you waste food?

So if we were to heed this theory we shouldn’t get rid of leftovers. Instead, we could try to make something else of them.

I know this is not possible every time, but today I am happy to say I made it.

I had some leftovers from a huge roasted turkey and instead of wasting them away, I made a delicious leftover turkey noodle soup which is probably the best turkey soup ever.

And it’s not just delish, but it’s also healthy. It has plenty of ginger and garlic which makes it perfect to fight the cold weather blues.

Yet, that’s not all. You can make this turkey noodle soup recipe in under 30 minutes and it’s so easy even a kid can make it.

Just take a look at the recipe and you’ll notice that it has only 5 easy steps.

Now, I know most foodies like chicken more, so I have a tip for you. You can replace the turkey with shredded chicken (leftover or rotisserie).

You don’t need to change anything else, just the meat.

So if you have one big roasted chicken that you just can’t gobble up entirely, this would be the best way to make use of what’s left.

I served this leftover turkey noodle soup as a main but if you are one of those insatiable foodies (like my hubby) here are some other recipes that you can pair it with:

And now it’s time to show you how to make this easy turkey noodle soup recipe.

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Put the turkey carcass, with any remaining turkey meat on it, into a large pan. Add the gravy, onion and herbs and pour in 1 litre (1¾ pints) water. Season well.

Put the lid on the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Lift out the turkey carcass, pulling off any turkey meat left on there, if you like.

Add the mushrooms and simmer for 15 mins. Use a stick blender to half-blend the soup in the pan, or blend about half the soup in a food processor and then pour it back into the pan. Stir in the milk and warm through to serve. Add slivers of cooked turkey, if you like.


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Add grains to make it heartier

You can add rice, barley, quinoa, pasta, or another grain to this soup to help bulk it up a bit.

You&rsquoll need to add more chicken stock to help it cook, and it will take a little longer. For example, after you sauté the peppers and onions and add the spices, you can add 3/4 cup basmati (or other long grain white) rice. Then, add an extra 1.5 cups of chicken stock, and simmer until rice is tender.

Then, you can stir in the turkey, beans, and corn, and continue as directed.