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:

2,161 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 375g 578%
  • Carbs 180g 60%
  • Saturated 95g 477%
  • Fiber 11g 45%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 115g
  • Polyunsaturated 94g
  • Protein 2,111g 4,222%
  • Cholesterol 6,607mg 2,202%
  • Sodium 22,119mg 922%
  • Calcium 1,235mg 124%
  • Magnesium 2,565mg 641%
  • Potassium 22,769mg 651%
  • Iron 90mg 499%
  • Zinc 175mg 1,163%
  • Phosphorus 17,969mg 2,567%
  • Vitamin A 2,812µg 312%
  • Vitamin C 30mg 51%
  • Thiamin (B1) 6mg 373%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 18mg 1,064%
  • Niacin (B3) 753mg 3,764%
  • Vitamin B6 60mg 2,999%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,007µg 252%
  • Vitamin B12 117µg 1,942%
  • Vitamin D 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 50%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 43%
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