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Homemade Turkey Soup

homemade turkey soup Entree
Homemade Turkey Soup
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 55 min
  • Servings 10

The guests have gone home, the dishes are done--and now the fun part begins. Turn the day after the big meal into a turkey soup-making day, when you can spend a few hours gently simmering a meaty broth and tossing in vegetables and any leftovers you’ve got on hand. The result will be a homemade creation that might soon become your “next day” tradition. MORE+ LESS-

October 1, 2018

Ingredients

Carcass from cooked 10- to 12-lb turkey
3
quarts (12 cups) water
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon poultry seasoning or dried sage leaves
1
dried bay leaf
1/2
cup uncooked pearl barley
3
medium carrots, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1
cup chopped onions
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
3
cups cut-up cooked turkey
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Break up turkey carcass to fit 6-quart Dutch oven. Add water, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and bay leaf. Heat to boiling over high heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Skim off any residue that rises to the surface. Remove bones, meat and bay leaf from broth; cool. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones, and cut into bite-size pieces; reserve. Discard bones and bay leaf.
  • 3
    Skim fat from broth; discard. Stir in barley. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4
    Stir in carrots, onions, celery, 3 cups cooked turkey and reserved turkey cut from bones. Simmer uncovered 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables and barley are tender. Stir in parsley.

Expert Tips

  • If you have the time, strip as much meat from the bones as you can so it stays moist. Don’t worry if some is left clinging to the bones; it will flavor the broth. Refrigerate the meat until the soup is nearly finished.
  • A large Dutch oven or soup kettle (at least 6-quart size) is roomy enough for the bones from a large turkey, allowing the liquid to circulate slowly around them, releasing the essential flavors from the turkey. If you’d like, add a quartered onion with the skin still on—it will help add a nice rich color to the broth.
  • Barley is a favorite soup grain because it holds up well to long simmering and reheating. But other grains, like farro (a type of wheat berry), wild rice or brown rice can all enrich a hearty turkey soup.
  • Stirring in a generous handful of chopped parsley when the soup is done brightens the color and brings up the herbal notes in the broth.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140
Calories from Fat
30
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
5%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Potassium
270mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
2g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • It’s hard to believe that picked-over turkey bones can make such a nourishing soup, but turkey carcass soup is a day-after-the-party tradition in many households, and for some very good reasons. It’s simple to make, it uses up any leftovers from the night before and it tastes absolutely delicious. Nothing can beat the flavor and comfort of a bowl of soup, especially a homemade one like this turkey vegetable soup. By using the bones of the turkey you roasted the day before, you’ll already be far ahead of the game for savory, spoon-licking flavor. There’s something wonderfully peaceful about making a batch of homemade soup after you’ve hosted a big gathering. It requires some thoughtful preparation on your part, but then all that’s needed is a stir or two as you pass through the kitchen, savoring the scent and anticipating the delicious meal to come. If this turkey soup recipe inspires you, check out our entire turkey soup collection. There are plenty more where this one came from!

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