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After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

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How do you host Thanksgiving without an oven?

I don’t know, but we almost found out!

Last Thursday, a mere week before we were to host Thanksgiving, our oven stopped working (just as we put a creamy ham casserole in the oven too). The range worked fine, but pan frying an 18 pound turkey wasn’t going to happen.

My sister enthusiastically recommended we deep fry, but I didn’t see that going so well either – I have trouble enough not making a mess frying bacon.

So again, how do you host Thanksgiving without an oven?

turkey soup

After a bit of Google research and a trip to an appliance parts store, I somehow managed to (mostly) fix the oven.

I say mostly because I did in fact fix the oven. I just didn’t know it because when I pushed the “on” button, nothing seemed to happen. So I turned it off again. It took a $70 service fee from a local repair man to come in, push the same button on the oven, and tell me that I just need to give it a full minute to turn on after the initial, successfully completed fix.

Brilliant! Now couldn’t he have told me that over the phone?

But happily the oven is fixed and working, and we don’t need to worry about any contingency plans involving deep fried turkey or Chinese take out. Phew.

Moving on…

turkey soup

I’ve been making Turkey Soup for a few years now, having first tried it from a local grocery store. It’s pretty much a tradition now that after Thanksgiving I have to make this soup.

After the turkey has been carved, dinner served, and guests stuffed to the gills, I boil the leftover turkey in a big pot of water to make broth. Then the next day I use that broth and some saved turkey meat to create this creamy soup. Sometimes I like to put a scoop of leftover stuffing on top, really making it taste like a little bit of Thanksgiving in each spoonful.

This year, whether you are cooking or just enjoying the day having others cook for you, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

PS – Today is the last to enter the Panera Gift Card Giveaway. Visit our Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo post to leave a comment to enter to win!

turkey soup


After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup!


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove carcass; cool. Set aside 3 qt. broth. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. (At this point you can put your broth in the fridge or freezer to save and make in the future)
  3. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots and celery in butter until tender. Reduce heat; stir in flour until blended. Gradually add 1 qt. of reserved broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add cream, rice, salt, bouillon, pepper, remaining broth and reserved turkey. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender.
  5. Bonus Tip: Add some leftover stuffing to your bowl of piping hot Turkey Soup for extra goodness!



15 thoughts

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Hahah. Thanks Katrina 🙂

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Oh yea, bread bowls all the way 🙂

  • Kandy
    November 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This looks good and is a great way to use the leftovers. Will have to try!

    Thank you!!

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Kandy! It’s great to use up every bit of the meal. We freeze individual portions of the soup so we can have it over the course of winter. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Hahah. I know. Panera really needs to open closer to you so you can get them easier 🙂

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Tara! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving too 🙂

  • November 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Best use of the turkey carcass is making soup! I usually make turkey noodle soup but I’ll have to give your creamy soup a try. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

    • Chris
      November 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Miss! Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family 🙂

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