Next Day Turkey Soup

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This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Leftover Turkey Recipes
This soup is gluten-free adaptable– see *tips below the recipe.

Next- Day Turkey Soup

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 2 hrs


2 quarts chicken broth (or mixture of vegetable broth, chicken broth & water)
1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
1 onion, halved
1 carrot, halved lengthwise
1 whole stalk celery
1 bay leaf

2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 medium onion, minced
1 large carrot, peeled and minced
1 large stalk celery, minced
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 bay leaf
1 cup trimmed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups shredded or cubed turkey meat


1. Prepare broth: Put chicken broth and other simmering ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer about 1 1/2 hours. Remove turkey carcass from pot with tongs (and discard). Strain the broth through a fine sieve and discard the solids. Transfer the broth to a bowl; cover and set aside. You can also prepare the broth the night before and store it in the refrigerator until the next day.

2. Make the Soup: In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and heat garlic cloves until lightly browned. Add minced onion, carrot, celery and sweet potatoes. Saute over medium-low heat until softened, about 7 or 8 minutes.

3. Add chopped sage to the soup pot along with the turkey broth and the bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. When simmering, add green beans and turkey meat to the soup. Bring it back up to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 more minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.


*If you're preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use chicken broth and turkey meat that are free of gluten.

Source: (Adapted from Michael Chiarello)

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  • Chris wrote:

    This recipe was so good last year, I back again!

  • Melanie Whaley wrote:

    Delicious soup. I do wish there was a breakdown of the ingredients for calorie, sodium etc…

  • Joe Weil wrote:

    Where do you find turkey or broth “with” Gluten?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      some brands of broth contain gluten, and some are noted as “gluten-free” on the label. It doesn’t matter unless you’re needing it to be GF.

  • DirtySocks wrote:

    We made this last night with the leftover turkey. We used black beans instead and we added kale, as well. It turned out ok.

  • SnoWhite @ Finding J wrote:

    Stopped by from Organizing Junkie’s menu link — this soup looks amazing and perfect for leftover turkey!

  • Kalynskitchen wrote:

    Oh yes, this does look good!