Grandma’s Carcass Soup Recipe



  • leftover turkey carcass (meat and bones)
  •   Chicken stock (enough to cover the carcass)
  • bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs  thyme
  • 1 stalk  celery
  • yellow onion, quartered
  • carrots, peeled
  •   Mirepoix (carrot, celery, and onion), cut into medium dice, to taste
  •   Leftover turkey meat, sliced, to taste
  •   2-4 cups cooked rice
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

Grandma’s carcass soup — that says it all. Take your extra turkey meat, simmer it in chicken stock, add diced mirepoix, fresh herbs, and then finish it off with cooked rice. The recipe is hers, but not the Thanksgiving turkey, so keep that to yourself.


Place the entire turkey carcass into a large stock pot and cover with chicken stock to help intensify the rich poultry flavor. If needed, break the carcass apart to fit into the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat to let simmer. Add the bay leaf, fresh thyme sprigs, celery stalk, quartered onion, and 2 whole carrots. Cover and let the ingredients simmer for 1 hour.

After simmering, remove the bay leaf, thyme sprigs, and the vegetables. Then remove the full carcass. Pick off any meat still left on the bones and set aside. If the meat is in large chunks, dice into smaller portions. 

Add the mirepoix to the stockpot and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Take the leftover meat (both from the carcass and any sliced meat you have leftover from your original meal) that has been set aside and add to the simmering stock. Add the cooked white rice to your level of preference and heartiness, and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve and enjoy. 


Calories per serving:

1,017 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 105g 161%
  • Carbs 174g 58%
  • Saturated 25g 127%
  • Fiber 11g 45%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 18g
  • Monounsaturated 27g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 1,073g 2,146%
  • Cholesterol 3,152mg 1,051%
  • Sodium 10,566mg 440%
  • Calcium 704mg 70%
  • Magnesium 1,366mg 341%
  • Potassium 12,020mg 343%
  • Iron 48mg 269%
  • Zinc 89mg 594%
  • Phosphorus 9,189mg 1,313%
  • Vitamin A 1,996µg 222%
  • Vitamin C 30mg 51%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 220%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 9mg 542%
  • Niacin (B3) 387mg 1,933%
  • Vitamin B6 31mg 1,562%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 671µg 168%
  • Vitamin B12 58µg 966%
  • Vitamin D 10µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 43%
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