thanksgiving leftover soup

Alright, we all love Thanksgiving leftovers. A good turkey sandwich is divine, but at some point the thought of taking one more bite of green bean casserole has me gagging a bit. Of course, being one for frugality and efficiency, the thought of wasting food makes me sicker than the leftover casserole. In an effort to use up the food and make a new dish that my family would eat willingly, I came up with this soup. It’s so easy that a recipe is hardly necessary and there’s lots of wiggle room, so feel free to experiment!

Easiest Soup Ever

If you have the turkey carcass, there is a ton of great meat left on it. Trust me on this. Put it in a large stock pot and cover it with chicken or veggie stock (or turkey if you have it,) bring it to a simmer and let it bubble gently away until the carcass has fallen to pieces. Now, here is the one hard part; you want to get all of those bones out of there. Turn off the heat, let it cool slightly and grab your tongs. Pull out everything you can and then switch to a skimmer or slotted spoon. You may not actually get every single bone and that’s fine as long as you warn people. Once you have all the bones out, you’re left with a beautiful rich broth full of turkey bits. You can pull the bits out and chop them up if you want, or you can leave as is, completely up to you and your taste.

Psst… If you don’t have a turkey carcass you can just start here, once you have stock in a pot.

Finishing the soup is easy. Chop up any carved turkey meat into bite sizes pieces and throw them in. Then add in the leftover gravy and stuffing. Yes, add the stuffing. The stuffing will add all the spices you need as well as some veggies. The bread in the stuffing will thicken the soup and make it a bit creamy without added dairy. If you have leftover mashed potatoes you can thrown them in too. Once everything’s added, bring back to a simmer and let everything warm up. Add salt and pepper to taste and you are done.

See? No recipe and no special skills needed. Soup is a brilliant, simple, and frugal meal. Go for it! And share your favorites with us here or on Facebook.