How to make turkey soup

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How to make turkey soup
Turkey soup is a delicious winter warmer. (Getty Thinkstock)

Homemade turkey soup, made with the left-overs of your cooked turkey, is the ultimate no-waste recipe and a great way to use your thanksgiving leftovers. This turkey soup recipe serves about 10.

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Things you need

  • 3 chopped carrots divided
  • 3 ribs chopped celery with leaves
  • 2.5 g (1/2 tsp) dry thyme
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) chopped fresh parsley
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 chopped onions divided
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 4 cups cooked turkey cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 chopped turkey carcass
  • 1 medium peeled and chopped turnip
  • 1 bay leaf

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  1. 1

    Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.

  2. 2

    Add half the onions, carrots and celery. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. 3

    Add the turkey carcass and cover with cold water to 2.5 cm (1 inch) above the turkey.

  4. 4

    Raise heat to high, bring to a boil, and skim off any foam that rises to the top.

  5. 5

    Add the parsley, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, at least 2 hours, and up to 4 hours. Add water as needed to keep the carcass covered.

  6. 6

    Pour the soup base through a colander, reserving the base liquid.

  7. 7

    Discard the solids and let the base sit for 5 minutes. Skim any fat off the top of the base.

  8. 8

    Cool completely and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

  1. 1

    Melt butter over medium heat in a large soup pot.

  2. 2

    Add remaining onions, carrots, celery, turnips and garlic. Cover and cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. 3

    Add 2 quarts of the soup base and the parsley and bring to a boil.

  4. 4

    Reduce heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour.

  5. 5

    Stir in the turkey in the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

  6. 6

    Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey soup hot.

Tips and warnings

  • The base will keep about three days, refrigerated.
  • You can freeze this turkey soup for up to three months.

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