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Turkey carcass soup in a bowl that says thankful

Amazing Turkey Carcass Soup Recipe

Learn how to make turkey soup from a carcass! Turkey carcass soup is easy, delicious, and so comforting.
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade turkey soup, making turkey soup from a carcass, turkey carcass soup, turkey noodle soup, turkey soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 191kcal


  • Large heavy-bottomed pan or dutch oven
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tongs


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 4 large carrots diced
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 16 ounces pasta noodles of your choice; I used elbow macaroni
  • ¼ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper adjust to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan or Dutch Oven. Add garlic, onions, celery, and carrots, along with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook until browned, about 5-6 minutes. When browned, add half of your water.
    3 Tablespoons olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, 1 onion, 4 celery stalks, 4 large carrots, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper
    Vegetables in a pot with water
  • Add turkey carcass, parsley, chicken bouillon, and bay leaves. Add the remaining half of your water and bring to a boil.
    12 cups water, 1 turkey carcass, 2 bay leaves, 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, 2 chicken bouillon cubes
    Turkey carcass soup boiling
  • Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. After 2 hours is up, flip the turkey and begin picking pieces off of it into the soup using tongs.
    Picking pieces of turkey off the carcass using tongs
  • Remove the turkey carcass from the soup and set aside. Add pasta noodles to cook in the soup. Let the turkey carcass rest and cool before picking off more pieces to add back to the soup.
    16 ounces pasta noodles
    Adding noodles to turkey carcass soup
  • Once the noodles are cooked and meat has been added to the soup, stir through to remove bay leaves. Keep an eye out for any small bones and remove them. Taste and add more salt and pepper to the broth if needed.
    stirring turkey noodle soup



  • You can make the broth ahead of time without adding the noodles to keep it for longer. The broth itself, without the noodles, will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Be sure to remove any skin, bones, or cartilage before serving this soup.
  • If you don't have a turkey carcass, use pieces of turkey meat and replace the water with equal parts chicken broth. Don't add the bouillon. If you use a salted chicken broth, make sure to check the flavor before adding any seasoning of your own.
  • Celery, onion, and carrots are staples, but any vegetables you want can be added to make this turkey soup recipe exactly how you like it, like corn or peas.
  • Make sure to let the turkey carcass rest and cool before picking off more pieces to add back to the soup!


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6275IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg