Updated March 2022!
After you’re finished with your Thanksgiving celebration, don’t throw away that turkey carcass! In fact, don’t bother picking the bones completely clean. With a little work (and a few hours, in which your home will warm up and smell divine) you can get a few more meals out of that bird with my Turkey and Rice Soup! Free of the top 9 allergens!
I made this a few weeks ago with a leftover turkey carcass I had in the freezer. We had a major cold snap and I was in the mood for soup week after week. I don’t make homemade soup often enough and so the boys usually spurn this soup, but Zax actually liked it this time! He even chose to eat it over the simple “Letter Soup” I’d made for the two of them! It warms a Mama’s heart!
This soup works just as well with chicken. You can make this soup after roasting a chicken, eating a store-bought rotisserie, or even make it with a few raw chicken breasts or thighs (you’d get more meat that way.) You could also substitute your choice of chopped, fresh veggies rather than use frozen, but you’d have to cook them for longer. And of course, make sure your bird is allergy-friendly to begin with!
And if you still haven’t decided how you’ll handle Thanksgiving this year, perhaps my Thanksgiving Turkey in a Crockpot will make your holiday easier?
***ETA: If you’re coming over from the Corn-Free Everyday link party, you may notice that there is corn floating in this soup. I’m including it in the linky because that is the only corn-derived ingredient. Simply add the safe vegetables of your choosing, and you, too, can enjoy this scrumptious soup!
I also made Pumpkin Biscuits to eat with the soup. I had 1/2 cup of pumpkin left in the fridge, and so I added it to 2 1/4 cups of Bisquick, and had to add about 1/4 cup of milk as well. To add more of a fall flavor, I also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg.
These were okay. We mostly just tasted the cinnamon, and it was a mild flavor at that. I think I would need more of each ingredient if I were to do it again.
If not soup, do you do anything special with your leftover turkey?