Simple Turkey Soup Recipe

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 Updated 31/12/2015

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This is a simple recipe for turkey soup that makes the most of the leftovers from the Christmas meal. As an added bonus it also makes the disposal of the carcass easier. Add any cooked vegetables that you have in the house, perhaps from the Christmas meal too, such as roast potatoes, parsnips, Swede etc. Celery is also a good addition as it adds some extra flavour. Serve with crusty bread and butter.


  • 1 turkey carcass, mostly stripped of meat
  • leftover vegetables of choice
  • salt and pepper
  • stock cube for added flavour if required
  • cold water, enough to cover carcass
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put the turkey in a large pan and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring to the boil.
  3. Allow to simmer for 2 - 3 hours.
  4. When the carcass becomes soft, crush it down into the pan to extract maximum flavour.
  5. Strain carefully through a wire sieve into a clean saucepan to ensure all the bones have been removed from liquid.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. When cool enough, remove any remaining bits of meat still left on the bones and discard bones.
  8. Depending on whether you want a chunky or smooth finish to your soup, you can add a few small pieces of meat at this point.
  9. Add vegetables of choice, chopped into bite-size pieces.
  10. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  11. Taste and season accordingly - you may want to add a stock cube for more flavour.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 180 minutes

Yield: 2 - 4 portions


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