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Leftover Turkey Soup with Kale and Wild Rice

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt


Don’t let any part of your turkey go to waste with this Leftover Turkey Soup with Wild Rice. A healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipe made with leftover turkey, kale, carrots, peas, celery, onions and wild rice. 



3 cups turkey meat

1 turkey carcass

8 cups water

2 tsp poultry seasoning

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic salt

2 whole bay leaves

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped small

1/4 cup shallot, diced

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced thin

1 cup celery, chopped small

1/2 cup wild rice

2 cups kale, chopped small

1/2 cup peas

oyster crackers (optional)


Cut any remaining meat off your turkey, cut 3 cups worth of turkey meat into bite sized pieces, set aside

On the stove top, place your turkey carcass in a large pot* and pour in the water

Add the poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic salt and bay leaves

Turn the heat on to medium-high and bring to a rapid boil

Reduce heat to simmer

Simmer for 4 hours

Strain to remove the turkey carcass and the bay leaves, set turkey broth aside

**Add butter to a dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat

Once butter is melted, add the onions and shallot, sauté 2-3 minutes

Add in the carrots and celery, sauté 1-2 more minutes

Pour in the wild rice and the turkey broth

Increase heat to medium-high, bring soup to a rapid boil

Reduce to a simmer for 1 hour

Add in the 3 cups reserved turkey meat, kale and peas

Serve hot with oyster crackers (optional)


*Needs to be large enough that the whole turkey carcass fits below the rim and can be covered with water

**If you don’t want to use your turkey carcass to make broth, use 8 cups turkey stalk and start recipe at this step

  • Category: soup

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