Easy Homemade Turkey Soup
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This post shows you how to make the best Easy Homemade Turkey Soup using a leftover turkey carcass. Add vegetables and brown rice for a delicious recipe!
Friends, since we’re literally snowed in, I took advantage of what was in the freezer this week, and made an Easy Homemade Turkey Soup.
Yes, I’m feeling a little housebound, but when you’re all together (two of our three kids are home), it’s kinda fun. Not only is it a lot of work, shoveling so much snow, it makes your hungry! :)
Easy Homemade Turkey Soup
We all enjoyed a bowl of Easy Homemade Turkey Soup for dinner last night, and you can’t get much cozier than that. [More soups to try: Coconut Butternut Squash Soup, Best Baked Potato Cheddar Ham Soup, and Easy White Bean Soup.]
How to make turkey soup
The best flavor for turkey soup comes from using a leftover turkey carcass. What is a turkey carcass? Leftover turkey bones–don’t throw them away!
You may remember your mom freezing the carcass after Thankgsgiving, and then making soup later. Well, it’s super easy. Of course the question is, how long can a carcass stay in the freezer? HA. If you’re like me, you put things in the freezer, and then you forget it’s there. ACK!
How long can you keep a turkey carcass before making soup?
A turkey carcass can be kept in the freezer for 2 to 3 months if stored properly. So guess what? My carcass was in the freezer three months to the day! Which meant it was time for Easy Homemade Turkey Soup. :)
After you cook a turkey, the carcass should not be kept in the refrigerator for more than 3 to 4 days, which is why I freeze it in a plastic Ziploc bag.
How to cook a turkey carcass
Now for the fun part; are you following me on Instagram (@reluctantentertainer )? I did a step by step of the process today!
How to make your own poultry seasoning
Did you know if you don’t have “poultry seasoning” that you can make your own?
Combine sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg, and black pepper together. You can store with your other spices until needed.
Homemade Turkey Soup Ingredients
Here are the basic ingredients that I use for this easy turkey soup recipe: Celery, carrots, onions, brown rice, seasonings like kosher salt and black pepper and poultry seasoning, the rest of the turkey carcass, and brown rice.
But here’s the secret to the best turkey soup. To make it even better, rummage through your freezer again and see what frozen veggies you have. We also used frozen peas, pearl onions, and green beans. I had a bag of frozen corn, but I didn’t want to add more starch (since we added brown rice).
How To Make Turkey Soup From A Leftover Turkey Carcass
My love for soup probably goes back to my favorite childhood soup, Campbell’s Tomato Soup. I have a Smoked Tomato Bacon Soup that I shared a few years back, too. Homemade is always better! But there is just something about the flavors of a turkey soup made from a turkey carcass.
- Place the turkey carcass (it can be frozen) in a large, deep pot, and add the celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer for one hour.
- Remove the carcass and any bones and all vegetables by using a large strainer. Pick any meat off the carcass (discard the bones), cut up the veggies, and place it all back in the pot of drained stock.
- Very important to season to taste with garlic salt and pepper.
- Stir in the rice and simmer 20-25 minutes. (If using white rice, cook for 15 minutes.)
- USE WHAT YOU HAVE: Stir in the frozen vegetables (use up extras in your freezer). I used peas, pearl onions, and green beans.
- Continue to simmer until rice is tender, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste and serve hot with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese.
Easy Homemade Turkey Soup
- 1 picked over turkey carcass
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- Leftover turkey meat, in small pieces
- 2 Tbsp. poultry seasoning
- 2 quarts chicken broth plus water to cover the bones
- Garlic salt or powder
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 cups uncooked brown rice
- 1 8 ounce package frozen green peas
- 1 8 ounce package frozen pearl onions
- 1 8 ounce package whole green beans
- Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
- Place the turkey carcass (it can be frozen) in a large, deep pot, and add the celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, and chicken broth. Pour in additional water if needed, to cover the bones. Place the lid on the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove the carcass and any bones and all vegetables by using a large strainer. Pour the stock back into the pot. Allow the turkey carcass, extra pieces, and vegetables to cool for about 15 minutes. Pick any meat off the carcass (discard the bones), cut up the veggies to small pieces, and place it all back in the pot of stock.
- Season to taste with garlic salt and pepper. Stir in the rice and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium, and simmer 20-25 minutes. (If using white rice, cook for 15 minutes.)
- Stir in the frozen vegetables: Peas, pearl onions, and green beans. Continue to simmer until rice is tender, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste and serve hot with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese.
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