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Leftover Turkey Recipe

Hang onto those carcasses!

If you were celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday or fighting the crowd for black Friday today, I don’t know if you can handle a dose of personal finance, so I’ll share a recipe for what to do with leftover turkey.  I know you have all wanted to make extra use out of a turkey carcass. This recipe swears you will be begging others for their carcasses as well. If that doesn’t get you committed, you might be able to rack up on this recipe.

Leftover Turkey Soup


1 Leftover cooked turkey carcass (I bet you could also use chicken to vary your poultry)

3 Medium onions, chopped

2 Large carrots, diced

2 Celery ribs, diced

1 Cup butter

1 Cup all purpose flour

2 Cups half and half cream

1 Cup uncooked long grain rice

2 Teaspoons salt

1 Teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

3/4 Teaspoon pepper


1)Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for one hour. Remove carcass. Cool.

2)Set aside three quarts of broth. Remove turkey from bones in bite sized pieces. Set aside.

3)Saute onions, carrots, and celery in butter until tender. Reduce heat. Stir in flour until blended.

4)Gradually add 1 quart of reserved broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

5)Add cream, rice, salt, bouillon, pepper, remaining broth and reserved turkey. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender. Eat and enjoy!

What other uses are there for poultry carcasses?

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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Sounds yummy- we usually make turkey manhattans with the leftovers….or turkey noodles. Have a great weekend Kim!

  2. Looks good! We usually use a lot of it for sandwiches for my wife and I, the kids have not gained an appreciation of turkey yet.

  3. That’s what I need for Christmas this year, a stock pot. We don’t have anything near big enough to put the turkey carcass into, so I had to throw it out. But my grandmother made turkey soup every year with the bonus.

    I haven’t decided yet what leftovers recipe I’m going to post this year. A recipe for leftovers has become a tradition of mine for the Sunday after.

  4. I think I actually prefer the homemade turkey soup to the turkey itself. Yummy!

  5. We love soup and it’s amazing how many people don’t use the turkey to make a lovely soup. It’s so easy and delicious. Cheers Mr.CBB

  6. Wish I would have read this post last night! This sounds absolutely delicious and I’m marking it for definite use next time I fix a turkey. We brined our turkey this year and I’m sure that would have made this soup that much more flavorful.

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Since my parents hosted, we don’t have much leftovers but I do want to make Turkey soup someday when we have a lot of leftovers. My father-in-law’s girlfriend’s family makes an entire extra turkey JUST for Turkey soup!

  8. No I want to crack a turkey’s neck just to try that recipe! If there is too much broth I usually reuse in a risotto, or freeze in portions for winter bowls of soup.

    • Ooh, a turkey might be harder to crack than a chicken, but turkeys are really dumb. My friend raises them and they will literally drown drinking water if you aren’t careful.

  9. Mandy - Money Master Mom

    I’m a big fan of turkey stew. It’s pretty similar to your recipe, we just don’t saute the veggies in butter first. That sounds really tasty.

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I bought a 19 pound turkey for four adults and two kids to eat, and now we have piles and piles of leftover. We are big soup-eaters, so this is a great recipe!

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