3 1/2 quarts

After you've feasted on your holiday bird, here's an idea for the carcass.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place turkey carcass in a large stockpot or Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove carcass from broth, reserving 10 cups broth. Cool carcass, and pick meat from bones. Set meat aside.

Step 2

Melt butter in stockpot over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. (Roux will be a blond color.) Add onion, shallots, carrot, and celery to roux; reduce heat to medium. Cook 10 minutes, stirring often. Stir in reserved broth, turkey meat, rice, salt, pepper, and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Add whipping cream; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or to desired thickness.

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Ratings & Reviews

Wiffleball's Review

November 30, 2010
We thorougly enjoyed this. It does need a touch more salt and we added a cup of cooked wild rice, which added nice texture, color and great flavor. I would also use a touch of wine to deglaze and add some depth. As for the guy using cool whip instead of cream...ugh. That's hydrogenated oil and sweetner dude. It won't make for a creamy soup. If you can't have dairy then maybe use unsweetened almond milk.

NY2COMunchkin's Review

November 26, 2010
Delicious! I make this soup even when I don't have a turkey carcus. For the person who used cool whip, the recipe called for WHIPPING cream, not WHIPPED cream, and certainly not Cool Whip. WHIPPING cream is purchased in liquid form in the dairy case and used to make WHIPPED cream. You could also substitute table cream or half & half.

adriana20's Review

December 29, 2008
This turned out great for me! I think it's one of my new favorite soups ... and I love soup!!!! I used a raw carcass which made this very flavorful (versus cooked carcass) and an additional dash of salt but no other alterations to the recipe. It was a delicious, hearty and savory soup. I will definitely make it again!