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A Delicious Homemade Curry Turkey Soup from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Updated on August 20, 2014

Turkey Soup with Apples and Curry | Unusual, Delicious and You Can Make It From Leftovers

What's the difference between Christmas and Thanksgiving? After Christmas you have to throw away the tree. After Thanksgiving, you can take that turkey carcass and turn it into more mouth-watering meals.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make this soup after Thanksgiving. I was usually pretty picky about my food (I didn't like the vegetables touching the meat on my plate, and I wasn't a curry fan), but even I liked it. Now as an adult I love this soup and can't wait for the day AFTER Thanksgiving so I can make it.! It has ingredients you don't usually find in soup (apples, curry), but the combination is an amazing synthesis that is satistfying, delicious and light at the same time. And the best doesn't seem like Thanksgiving dinner served again.

In this lens, you'll learn how to make turkey broth from scratch (it's easy), and how to make the soup. As a bonus I'll throw in another recipe that's also super economical, easy to make and makes you look and taste like a Top Chef!

Time to Confess!

Which holiday is your favorite?

After Thanksgiving Recipes

Turkey Stock with an Accent

Luci Loc has a lovely English accent and quickly shows you how simple it is to make turkey stock. She keeps hers plain. I recommend adding celery, onions, garlic and whole peppers.

Really Important!

Don't make turkey stock with a smoked turkey.

Turkey Soup with Curry - The best home-made turkey soup after Thanksgiving


1 Turkey carcass

1 green apple, cored and diced with skin

2 stalks celery, diced

2 stalks carrot, diced

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 t. curry

1 T. Salt

Cook carcass in water in large kettle. Simmer until meat comes off bones easily. Cool. Skim off fat from broth. Remove meat from bones and chop. Measure 8 Cups turkey broth. Add turkey and remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer about 1 hour.

Serve with fresh bread or tortillas.

Chef gia's Tip:

Let the broth cool overnight for easy removal of fat.

Sour Cream Chive Bread - This homemade bread is easy to make

Homemade bread is one of the cheapest yet yummiest things to make. You don't need a bread machine or any special knowledge to make this bread. Serve it with your soup.


6 cups unsifted flour

2 pkgs dry yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons chopped chives (fresh or dried)

1 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature



Combine 3 cups of flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, salt, baking soda and chives.

Heat milk and water until very they just start to simmer (but don't let it become a full boil). Add to dry ingredients and beat well. Stir in sour cream and remaining flour to make a stiff batter.

Spoon into two bread loaf pans that have been sprayed with Pam (or nonstick spray) and sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle more cornmeal on tops.

Lightly cover with a plastic ziploc bag and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for 45 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Turn out of loaf pans and let cool on a rack.

Slice and serve with soup (good for dunking in the broth). Also makes great toast the next morning.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

What's your favorite?

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Cooking Resources

How To Make Great Soups

Soups are an incredibly easy to master and they are so economical in time and money. Sunset Cook Books have the best recipes and suit the modern lifestyle.

Soup Skimmer

Great for making homemade soups and getting rid of excess fat off the broth.

Trudeau 0991105 Gravy/Fat Separator
Trudeau 0991105 Gravy/Fat Separator

Save money and make soups from scratch.


No Time? Get a Crockpot

Soups can be put together in the morning and left to simmer in a crockpot. When you come home from work or a long day shopping or meetings, your dinner is all ready!

Nonstick Bread Pans

An essential for your bread to come out easily without tearing is a good pan.

Chicago Metallic Professional Nonstick 1-Pound Loaf Pan
Chicago Metallic Professional Nonstick 1-Pound Loaf Pan

Get a medium size loaf pan for this bread recipe.


Get A Bread Knife

If you are making your own bread, you need a great knife for slicing. Nothing is sadder than smashed home-made bread!

Look Who's Talking!

Thanks for stopping by. I love your comments. Don't forget to add your favorite Thanksgiving leftover!


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    • giacombs-ramirez profile imageAUTHOR

      gia combs-ramirez 

      7 years ago from Montana

      @RinchenChodron: You always get me with this comment!

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      very pretty lens and the recipes look very inviting.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      I'm lensrolling this to my winter comfort soups lens. The curry sounds like a great addition. I'll try it.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      9 years ago from Montana

      Oh my tweet about my winning LOTD lens has been picked up by someone else and showed up in the Twitter Search module above. That's me they're talking about! Surreal!

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      Lexi LM 

      9 years ago

      I think I will just come visit you the day after Thanksgiving...

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      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Yum! :D Good Luck on the Challenge, and congrats on the blessings. 5 stars, Fav, and lensrolling to my Thanksgiving lens.

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      Very nice, I love all the recipes Blessings :)

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      9 years ago

      Your Turkey Soup with Curry looks delicious and your bread looks easy !!

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      9 years ago

      This is a great lens for the cookoff. Blessed! :) Be sure to stop by and add it to my angel lens.

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Certainly looks like a delicious use of the Turkey (although for us it will be Christmas rather than Thanksgiving) :-) Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      9 years ago

      This Turkey Soup looks yummy - SquidAngel Blessings for you!


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