Turkey Carcass Soup

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Save that leftover turkey carcass and enjoy every last scrap from Thanksgiving with this delicious turkey carcass soup. Paired with hearty grains, beans and veggies, this turkey soup is the perfect day-after Thanksgiving meal the whole family can enjoy!


  • 1 turkey carcass (any size will work)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup of grains (I prefer barley, farro or wild rice)
  • 1 can of beans, rinsed and drained (white or lima work great)
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • optional: 1 can of green chiles for added kick

*spices will need to be adjusted based on soup


  1. Place turkey carcass in a large stock pot and cover with water. Amount of water will depend on the size of the carcass
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling lower heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour.
  4. Turn off stove and carefully remove turkey carcass from pot and place in a large shallow dish.
  5. Once turkey carcass has cooled, remove meat from bones and set meat aside.
  6. Add onion, carrots, celery, grains and beans (and chiles if using) to stock and once again bring mixture to a boil before setting to simmer for 30-45 minutes or until grains are cooked through.
  7. Add turkey meat to soup and stir in spices. Adjust spices to taste.
  8. Cook on low for another 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Will keep for up to one week in the fridge or several months in the freezer.