Your holiday event was a blast, the turkey turned out to be a big hit, and now you can use that turkey carcass to make yet another delicious meal from all your efforts. Turkey carcass soup is nutritious and easy to make, and helps you to minimize the waste after the holiday season.
Making the turkey broth from the turkey carcass is similar to making chicken broth after cooking a whole chicken.
Add the bones into a bit pot (or an Instant Pot if you have one) and cook it for several hours. If you are going to make this in your Instant Pot, you will only need to pressure cook it for 1 or two hours to get the same effect as cooking the bones on medium for several hours stovetop.
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I recently made a bone broth with beef bones on our stovetop. If you are interested in how to make bone broth on the stove, you can check out that video here.
For the turkey broth, I used our Instant Pot because it is slightly quicker and the turkey carcass soup was our dinner for the evening.
Turkey Carcass Soup in an Instant Pot
Directions for making a turkey carcass soup in an Instant Pot:
- Place the turkey carcass to the Instant Pot
- Add water to above the carcass (usually 1 part bones to 2 parts water)
- Pressure cook on high for 3 hours
- Add ingredients for soup (left over turkey meat, fresh carrots, fresh celery, and a cup of rice)
- Return lid and pressure cook another hour
Turkey Carcass Soup Recipe
The main secret to a turkey soup recipe is the turkey carcass broth and the ingredients that are added to flavour your soup. The turkey carcass will add a delicious flavour base, but the ingredients you pair with it will create the overall taste of your soup.
While you can add near most anything to a soup that you have on hand in your house, I’m going to add flavours that paired well with the original turkey we made for our holiday dinner.
Our recipe includes:
- turkey carcass broth
- leftover turkey meat
- brown rice
- salt and pepper
Other Mountain Valley Refuge Dinner Ideas
- Cottage Pie
- One Pan Fried Zucchini, Sausage and Relish
- Pot Roast
- Lasagna (takes a little longer but can be quick if you have pre-made mince)
- Boboti (South African Mince Curry) with Yellow Rice
- Beef Heart & Liver Stew