Hodge-Podge Turkey Bone Soup

by | Updated: December 27th, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Turning leftovers into soup after a big family-style feast may not be an original idea, but it certainly helps prevent food waste. Besides, if you’re tired of picking at the bones of your two-day-old turkey, why not give soup a shout out? You don’t need exact ingredient amounts to make this work. It’s more important that you use up whatever is in your kitchen. (Waste not, want not!) Plus, the freestyle cooking should spark some creativity.

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Leftover turkey carcass with meat and giblets
Carrots, chopped
Onions, chopped
Celery, chopped
Garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Bay leaves
Fresh thyme
Fresh rosemary
Lime wedges
Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place turkey bones in a large Dutch oven or deep, oven-safe pot. Place on top of stove.
  3. Add carrots, onions, celery and garlic to Dutch oven.
  4. Using kitchen twine, tie bay leaves together with thyme and rosemary. Garnish on top of turkey.
  5. Pour filtered water into pot, filling just enough to cover veggies.
  6. Bring all ingredients to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  7. Once simmering, remove from heat and cover tightly with foil or lid.
  8. Move to preheated oven and cook 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  10. Remove bones from pot.
  11. Add remaining meat, veggies and juices to high-speed blender and process on low until smooth.
  12. Serve in bowls, garnished with cilantro and lime wedges with a side of steamed veggies.