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Michael Chiarello's Leftover Thanksgiving Soup

Turn Leftover Turkey Into Turkey Soup

What's one to do with all that leftover turkey? You could settle for turkey sandwiches smothered in stuffing and cranberry sauce, or you could make a healthier choice and toss it into a tasty broth for a healthy serving of turkey soup! Got left over celery and carrots? You can toss that stuff in there, too. A filling warm stew, it's the perfect way to wind down the Thanksgiving holiday and take a breather from all that heavy eating.

Come check out the yummy recipe.

Michael Chiarellos's Next Day Turkey Soup Recipe

Michael Chiarellos's Next Day Turkey Soup Recipe


  1. 2 quarts chicken broth
  2. 1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
  3. 1 onion, halved, plus 1 onion, minced
  4. 1 carrot, halved lengthwise, plus 1 carrot, minced
  5. 1 whole stalk celery, plus 1 more stalk, minced
  6. 2 bay leaves
  7. 3 cups dark turkey meat
  8. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  9. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  10. 1 carrot, minced
  11. 1 stalk celery, minced
  12. 3 cups leftover cooked Thanksgiving side vegetables (Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans)
  13. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves


  1. Put chicken broth, turkey, onion halves, carrot halves, one celery stalk, and one bay leaf in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer about 1 1/2 hours. Finely dice the remaining onion, carrot and celery and reserve.
  2. Dice the turkey meat. Make sure meat pieces are no larger than the size of a soup spoon. (If preparing soup the next day, be sure to store leftover turkey meat in an airtight container before placing it in the refrigerator, top with one or two ladles full of broth to keep meat moist.)
  3. Before straining broth, remove large bones and carcass with tongs. Strain the broth through a sieve, covered with wet cheese cloth. Discard the solids. Transfer broth to a bowl set in a bath of ice water, which will cool the broth quickly and help keep it fresher longer. This can be done the night before and stored in the refrigerator until the next day.
  4. In a large soup pot, heat garlic cloves in the olive oil. Allow to brown slightly and add minced carrots, celery, and onion. Sweat over medium-low heat until softened, about seven or eight minutes.
  5. Dice the leftover vegetables (here Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and green beans). Add the chopped sage to the soup pot along with the turkey broth and the remaining bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. When simmering, add Brussels sprouts, green beans and diced turkey meat to the soup. Bring it back up to a simmer. Finally, add the sweet potatoes to the center, and gently push them down. Turn the heat off and cover. Allow to sit and steam for five to sevent minutes.
  6. Let simmer for five more minutes and serve.

Makes six to eight servings.

Nutritional Source: CalorieCount

Photo courtesy of Food Network

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fitnesscheerleader fitnesscheerleader 3 years
Mmmmmm love this!
rivrchild rivrchild 6 years
We made turkey soup the day after Thanksgiving, but we used the chicken broth because we had plenty left over and weren't going to use it again any time soon. We also threw in some of the wild rice stuffing which was delicious in the soup. It had dried apricots and cranberries in it, which gave the broth a slightly sweet flavor once it simmered for a while.
mikiismum mikiismum 6 years
chicken broth for turkey soup??why not just turn the bones, (that you were going to just throw out anyway) and make your own turkey broth. then you'd control whats in it, (grewat for those with allergies) and there's no added preservitives :) and its cheaper :)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My grandma always made turkey noodle soup after Thanksgiving. It was SO yummy!
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