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:

2,157 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 63g 96%
  • Carbs 29g 10%
  • Saturated 16g 80%
  • Fiber 2g 6%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 16g
  • Protein 352g 704%
  • Cholesterol 1,101mg 367%
  • Sodium 3,667mg 153%
  • Calcium 203mg 20%
  • Magnesium 426mg 107%
  • Potassium 3,762mg 107%
  • Iron 15mg 83%
  • Zinc 29mg 194%
  • Phosphorus 2,991mg 427%
  • Vitamin A 384µg 43%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 7%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 62%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 177%
  • Niacin (B3) 125mg 627%
  • Vitamin B6 10mg 499%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 166µg 41%
  • Vitamin B12 19µg 324%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 6%
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