CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Turkey Vegetable Soup

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. But don’t tell that to those who consider the leftovers from a big feast such as “Turkey Day” a mere extension of the holiday.

Not only do you have plenty of meat, potatoes, stuffing and gravy in the refrigerator for a nice day-after meal or two, there is the traditional turkey soup.

Making soup is what’s on my agenda today. I have a pot simmering on the stove now, and it will serve as lunch for the next two or three days.

And it’s not just plain old turkey soup. I’ve incorporated the leftover whole-kernel corn and some of the carrots from the relish tray as well as some frozen beans and peas, a couple of small potatoes, an onion and celery. What I’ve got might be considered a vitamin bonanza by most dietitians and nutritionists.

And that’s why all of the hard work that one puts into a 10- to 15-minute Thanksgiving Day meal well worth it.

The coolest thing about making the soup? You can extend the satisfaction of all the hard work that went into the Thanksgiving Day meal in just 15 minutes of effort.

Turkey Vegetable Soup
1 turkey carcass
8 cups water
1 cup frozen peas
2 to 4 medium carrots, sliced
1 to 2 cups green or yellow wax beans (can used canned beans)
1 cup whole-kernel corn (can used canned corn)
2 small potatoes, cubed
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
Salt and pepper to taste
Place turkey carcass in pot of water. Bring to boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Take out carcass and remove meat. Strain broth in large bowl as to remove any bones. Return both to post and add remaining ingredients and cook until vegetables are cooked through.

4 thoughts on “CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Turkey Vegetable Soup”

  • Helen Murphy November 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Sounds yummy. Making soup is on my agenda too. It would be helpful to include directions to remove the carcass, remove any meat still on the bone and to strain the broth to make sure no little bones remain. I add the other ingredients after this step. A novice may not know to do this. My sister in law had a problem with bones the first time she made turkey carcass soup and never tried again. I got the carcass from her yesterday and will bring her soup to thank her for including us in their dinner yesterday. Win, win.

    1. Jeff Tiedeman November 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks, Helen. Will do.

  • Chuck Haga November 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Mine is simmering, chef. I skipped the peas, though. I hate cooked peas.

  • Lucy Matejcek November 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm



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