Turkey Soup From My Kitchen To Yours

DON’T THROW THAT CARCASS AWAY MAKE TURKEY SOUP TODAY

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Making soup of any kind is really quite easy. It is healthier for you and cheaper than buying canned or packaged soups. Mind you it does take more time to prepare but in the long run homemade does taste better.

Whenever I make a turkey my family knows that soup is likely to follow within a few days. If I don't have time to make soup that week I will put the carcass in a freezer bag and freeze it until I am ready to use.

The ingredients I use depend on what I have on hand. For the turkey soup pictured these are the ingredients that I used.

5 stars from 3 ratings of Turkey Soup

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Serves six or more people

Acini di Pepe Pasta

I like using this type of pasta, as it does not need to be pre-cooked before adding to soups.

Ingredients

1 turkey carcass from a 13-pound bird

1 sweet onion chopped

2 stalks of celery chopped

2 large carrots sliced

3 potatoes cubed

1 large clove of garlic thinly sliced

1 1/2 boxes of Campbell’s low sodium chicken broth

1 TBS. powdered chicken broth *optional

2 good pinches of parsley flakes

2 good pinches of thyme

Fresh ground pepper

2 dashes of hot pepper sauce *optional

1 ½ cups of Acini di Pepe Pasta *Optional

(This is the tiny little ball type pasta)

Almost completly cover the carcass with water.
Almost completly cover the carcass with water.
Strain the broth to make sure there are no bones.
Strain the broth to make sure there are no bones.

Lets Get Cooking

  1. I start my soup off by breaking the carcass in pieces to fit into the pot that I will be making the soup in. Cover or almost cover with water and cook on medium-high for about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the broth off into a bowl and allow the carcass pieces to cool.
  3. Chop the vegetables and slice the garlic clove or cloves.
  4. Pull all the meat off of the carcass once it has cooled enough to handle and set aside.
  5. Pour the broth from the bowl back into your soup pot and set the burner on medium.
  6. Add your vegetables, garlic, chicken broth spices and hot pepper sauce and bring to a boil.
  7. Add the turkey meat, cover and simmer until your vegetables are cooked about 45 min – an hour. Have a taste of the broth, and at this point you may want to add more of the powdered chicken broth or other spices to enhance the flavor.
  8. If you are adding pasta to your soup add it now and bring the soup to a boil.
  9. Serve nice and hot. ENJOY!

This soup makes a wonderful lunch dish or can be served for dinner with a salad and bread.

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I bet yours is delicious! Thanks for the votes Mary.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peg, Our Thanksgiving here in Canada is in October, so I'll be making this soup soon myself.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Bonnie!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I love making turkey soup! My mother-in-law used to say it had thebest flavor. As always, your directions are impeccable!

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Looking forward to the cooler weather so I can make this soup. I love using the holiday leftovers to make casseroles and soup.


beliza 2 years ago

Looks great!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Christy, Homemade soups are so easy to make and much healthier than canned soups :) I hope you try the recipe.


Christy Zutautas 2 years ago

I have to try making homemade soup, especially with all of the leftover turkey I have after the holidays. This recipe sounds great!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cyndi, I made turkey soup yesterday. There's something so comforting about homemade soups. Thanks for the votes. Happy New Year.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

I'm making turkey soup at this very moment. I'm going back to add potatoes. Thanks for that ingredient.

I also add a little hot sauce.

Great recipe you've given. Voted up and tasty.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

jellygator, I freeze homemade soup in one portion sizes quite often and then heat in the mornings for thermos lunches.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

I do this with chicken, too, and freeze the broth as well. Easy, quick meals on short notice? Yes, please!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

GoodLady, I enjoy making soups especially ones I can freeze. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Good on you! It's just so sensible and so delicious and there are so many uses for it, agreed. I make it and freeze it!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, We hardly ever have leftovers with 3 sometimes 4 guys in the house, but when I make a turkey I always make one that is way too big not to have leftovers :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is great Susan! I always love a receipe that helps me use all the leftovers. Well done!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I'd never heard that before - it's the measuring stick of a good chef.

I have 3 turkeys still in my freezer to eat over the winter. Hit a good sale ... what can I say :) Enjoy your turkey and your new roasting pan.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm making my grocery list and checking it twice! I always miss just one thing :-/ I hate that! I can't wait to try my roasting pan so Turkey is in this week! Now I'm glad we didn't have it for Christmas. They say if you can make good soup - it's the measuring stick of a good chef!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Rebecca.


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Rebecca Scudder 5 years ago from Upstate New York

This looks really good - and I have this turkey in the kitchen right now....


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Stephanie, Sinea and cre8ivOne, Thanks for stopping by and hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I am wishing today that I'd of cooked a turkey yesterday myself.


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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

My mother in law was just telling me yesterday she would be making turkey soup today! Your recipe looks delish!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

My mom always made chicken soup after we'd had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious. This recipe with acine di pepe sounds wonderful.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Perfect timing! I'm going to make turkey soup tomorrow! Thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Margie, Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the soup.


Margie's art 5 years ago

I will try this out this Sunday, its suppost to get in the 40's and I will want some home made soup! Thx.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Steph, I love this time of year. Still warm enough to BBQ but chilly enough to cook inside too. Thanks so much for your comments.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

This looks so easy, and I love all your own photos of the process of making the turkey soup. Fall is here and its time to get the kitchen smelling delicious again. Best, Steph


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Teresa, Hope you enjoy it.


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Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I will be trying this as a slow cooker version. Yum!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Movie Master, I have been freezing for two days now. I think our summer here is done so soup will be on the menu quite often. Thanks for your comments and hope you enjoy this recipe.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Susan, another mouth watering recipe, Autumn is almost here and I am looking forward to soup already.

Bookmarking and voting up, thank you for sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dave, Next time I make it I will try it without the Campbell's broth if I can keep my sons from eating the wings.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Susan I love this recipe. I have cooked a similar one many times over the years. Yours mirrors my own except I don't see the reason for the "Campbell's" as you can get just as much flavor without it especially from those nicely browned wings.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cloverleaf, Thanks so much. I am always making some kind of soup starting at this time of year. Hope you enjoy the soup.

Ruby, Please let me know how you like.

Ken, I couldn't wait till October this year and turkeys were on sale a few weeks ago, so I bought a few for the freezer and cooked one.

Kathy, I make turkey quite often during the fall and winter seasons. One of those meals that sure can stretch the dollar.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

One of my favorite things to make, especially after the Holidays! Must bookmark! Thanks for sharing Susan!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nothing better than fresh home made turkey soup, made from the left over carcass of our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. I find it so tasty and comfort food for sure. Just sipping on it and taking my time to enjoy it's flavor is so pleasant. Thank you for sharing this one Susan. I can just taste it now...yummy.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've never made turkey soup. I make home-made soup all the time. That's what i'll do with left over turkey. It looks and sounds really good. Thank you....


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

This is a really neat recipe for homemade soup, so much healthier and yummier than store-bought. I'm bookmarking and sharing..bring on the turkey!!!

Cloverleaf.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, You may like my pea soup recipe but just omit the ham :) Thanks so much for the great comment.

RH, Sometimes I make this soup in my huge lobster pot and freeze it in single quantities for Al's lunch. Tortilla soup sounds good although I have never had it. You should do a hub recipe.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Just in time! My sister is coming over this weekend and we are going to try to cook as many meals in advance to freeze as we can. I have a great chicken tortilla soup we're making but not one for turkey soup. You don't hear of that much where I live. Thank you!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I love homemade soups. Being vegetarian, I will pass on this one though. The recipe and Hub are very well laid out and presented attractively. How is that for "I am not eating your soup, but aiming to please?" laugh


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, You can follow the exact same recipe for chicken as well.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I agree with Wesman, we do need a yummy button. I love soup and I'm sure I'd enjoy this but we don't make turkey much here. I will do it at some point for my fiance because he has never had turkey!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Awesome! Thanks :-)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Susan, Thanks so much.

mythicalstorm, If you need any help I am usually signed in to Facebook so just give me a shout.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Well I will have to try it sometime soon then! I am sure I could do it since I love to cook, I'm just always scared of trying something I've never done before! I look forward to the attempt though!


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Susan52 5 years ago

Turkey soup from leftover roast turkey is one of the great pleasures this time of year. Love the pictures you included with your recipe!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Todd, Fall is a great time of year and I always look forward to the beautiful colors that it brings.

mythicalstorm, Turkeys are really easy to cook and the great thing about them is you can live off of a big one for days :)

Patricia,Turkey spaghetti is delicious. Nice to meet Todd's Mom and thank you for stopping by.


Patricia Shaw 5 years ago

Todd shared a link to your hub and I am happy to have it! The soup sounds really yummy! I always save the carcass too but usually make turkey spaghetti in a couple of weeks. I see we both like to make the most of our food purchases so I salute you!!!

Mythical, You could make the same soup with chicken carcus,or just buy a couple breasts or leg quarters and cook on!

Keep writing. Excellent hub.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Sounds wonderful! I have never made a homemade soup before and I've always wanted to try to make one... unfortunately I do not believe this will be the one because I have never made turkey before either. lol.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I think we need a "yummy" button to push!!!

I can't hardly wait for the Fall Holidays and foods!

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