Every year we go to my husband’s Aunt Roxane’s for Thanksgiving dinner. With the leftovers from the Thanksgiving turkey, she makes a Turkey Soup recipe passed down by her mom. This recipe is really special. The entire family raves about it and looks forward to it every year.
Aunt Roxane has allowed me to post this family tradition for you here. (Another plus about this soup? It freezes well, which makes it perfect to have on hand during the holiday season when friends and family might drop by unexpectedly.) I hope it becomes a treasured tradition at your house too.
- 4 quarts water
- 1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
- 1 onion, halved
- 1 carrot, halved lengthwise
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups turkey meat, diced
- 2 cups leftover stuffing
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cups leftover cooked mashed potatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1 tsp. dried sage)
- 1 stick of butter
- 1½ cups uncooked barley or rice (wild or brown would be great!)
- PLEASE NOTE: If preparing soup the next day, be sure to store leftover turkey meat in an airtight container before placing it in the refrigerator, top with 1 or 2 ladles full of broth to keep meat moist.
- Put water, turkey carcass, onion halves, carrot halves, 2 celery stalks, and 1 bay leaf in a large stock pot.
- Bring to a boil, and then simmer about 3+ hours.
- Before straining broth, remove large bones and carcass with tongs.
- Strain the broth through a sieve, strainer or cheesecloth.
- In a large soup pot add minced carrots, celery, and onion, and saute with 1 stick of butter.
- Cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 7 or 8 minutes.
- Add turkey broth (from step 1), sage, and the remaining bay leaf.
- Bring to a simmer.
- When simmering, add diced turkey meat to the soup.
- Bring it back up to a simmer.
- Lastly, add the mashed potatoes, barley or rice, and stuffing.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, then turn the heat off and cover.
- Allow to sit and steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
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Recipe developed by Kelly Hancock ©2010 Faithful Provisions. For personal use only. May not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed for capital gain without prior permission from Kelly Hancock.