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Turkey Frame Soup

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1 Hr 40 Min

There's more than one way to get leftovers out of a whole turkey, and our recipe for homemade Turkey Frame Soup will take advantage of every part of our turkey. Think of it as an eco-friendly recipe you'll love.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 leftover turkey frame
  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • Leftover pan drippings, if available
  • 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups leftover chunked turkey
What To Do:
  1. In a soup pot, combine all ingredients except the turkey. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, then simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. Stir in the turkey, let simmer 10 minutes, then serve.


  • You can add some cooked egg noodles to make this an even heartier soup.
  • And if you should be lucky enough to have leftover turkey breast, we really recommend you try our Cranberry Turkey Melts over the holiday weekend!

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i think next year i will try this recipe as it sounds yummy! i let some of my friends know that i use the turkey carcus to make stock and also to make my turkey soup with the left over turkey. i remove as much of the meat off the bones as possible and then i allow the bones to cook for several hours; the longer you cook the bones, the more nutrients (i.e. marrow) are released into the stock (you can make good, nutritious stock from any bones whether it be turkey, chicken, beef, or fish). i also save any of the drippings from the roasting pan and save it for added flavoring. i remove the big bones from the pot and with a wide slotted spoon remove the smaller bones. if you don't have any drippings, you can use any left over skin to cook with the turkey bones. i like to dice up celery, onions, and mushooms (this year i used portabella mushrooms as that is what i had on hand) and saute them with diced garlic (before sauting the vegetables) in a small amount of olive oil or clarified butter (better to prevent burning like with regular butter). i then add a small amount of white pepper and salt, and finally some wine (usually whatever i have on hand) and allow the wine to cook down. i then add these vegetables and diced leftover turkey to the broth. if there is too much fat in the stock, you can allow to cool, place in fridge, and remove the fat (which usually rises to the top). then cook everything together and add a medium package of yokeless noodles and cook for 20 minutes (usual time for noodles to cook). sauteing the vegetables separately really give the stock and soup a rich and not overwhelmingly strong taste that some folks have mentioned. it goes well with a small salad and left over dinner rolls or cornbread. i've been making this turkey noodle soup for over 30 years, and as Mr. Food always said, "O0h, it's so good!" i will certainly miss this wonderful man! my condolences and prayers to the family! A. Hernandez, R.N.

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My family and I have made this soup for years! My Dad always used bones to simmer with unpeeled veggies (wash, leave whole, do not peel) to make a beautiful, rich stock, and of course you strain and throw out used veggies, pick bits of meat off bones. This now makes the base of your soup! Works with ham bones, beef bones (think bone-in prime rib and beef veggie soup). We always add to our turkey frame stock diced carrots, celery and onions, bits of turkey meat from the frame and cook some regular rice in the simmering broth. DELISH!! Love and miss you Dad.

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After Boiling the carcass how do you keep the water from turning to gel?

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Yes, you take the carcass out before you put the turkey in the soup. God bless you and your family, Mr Food. You made cooking FUN!!!

So,-----are you leaving the "turkey frame" in the pot OR removing before serving?

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R.I.P. Mr. Food. Now the recipe: Those new to cooking from scratch may have been a bit confused because the step an experienced cook would have known is: remove the frame and check the broth for bone fragments before adding the chunked turkey.

Did you wrap your frame in cheese cloth? my soup was full of little bones.

Since i did not make turkey at home. I tried to make turkey soup i bought turkey backs and the neck,also a package of chickens gizzards. The soup tasted a little to stroong. I did use chicken broth onions,carrots celery. i did not mind it but my sons were not happy. Could it have been the chicken gizzards. Roni Help !!!!!

We cook the bones and chunks of veggies for several hours, then remove bones, pick out meat chunks, strain the broth and chill. Next day remove fat, cook broth and veggies for 30 min. then add the meat and barley or noodles and cook until done (15 min.), serve with bread and cheese. wonderful, delicious soup for day after Thanksgiving.

This sounds good, But it comes 18 hours AFTER I thru the frame away. Maybe a little earlyier next time? thanks boB


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