Turkey Vegetable Healing Soup

Turkey Vegetable Soup - This soup recipe will heal what ail's ya in a hurry. It's a great way to use turkey leftovers from Christmas dinner and Thanksgiving. The bone broth is healing, and the vegetables provide more nutrients. Make lots and freeze so you have back ups in a pinch! Recipe found at The Bewitchin' Kitchen.
Thankgiving here in Canada has come and gone and I was left with an abundance of turkey. So I did what many others do and made a few pots of turkey vegetable soup, which is one of the healthiest and most beneficial soups a person can make. It has special healing properties.

I’m currently going to school to become a Holistic Nutritionist and learning the value and importance of healing with food. I’m really enjoy learning about the health benefits of certain foods and why we should include them into our diets. A few weeks ago my son, my husband and I were laid up on the sofas with an awful flu and I was not prepared. We were both too ill to cook anything, and relied on Ichiban. It was not a healthy way to heal, and I made a mental note that I was going to make a massive amount of soup to freeze for next time.

Turkey Vegetable Soup - This soup recipe will heal what ail's ya in a hurry. It's a great way to use turkey leftovers from Christmas dinner and Thanksgiving. The bone broth is healing, and the vegetables provide more nutrients. Make lots and freeze so you have back ups in a pinch! Recipe found at The Bewitchin' Kitchen.


I can appreciate that nothing goes to waste when it comes to making turkey vegetable soup, even the turkey carcass. Boiling the bones, fat, and skin make the deepest and richest broth possible. The longest you let it simmer, the better. The best broth I have ever made was when I boiled the bones for 12 hours, I had to add more water every once in a while but all the nutrients were incredibly concentrated in the turkey stock.

Boiling bones is incredibly healthy for you.

  • It helps heal (and in a sense) “seal” your gut. Digestion is the door to optimal health and repairing and restoring our digestive system is very important.
  • It reduces joint pain from the glucosamine extracted from the cartilage.
  • Extracts the magnesium and calcium from the bones of the turkey and replenishes your own body with those minerals.
  • It also helps with hair and nail health, fights infections and reduces inflammation.

Those are just a few of the medicinal qualities that bone broth has. It very healing. Let’s not forget the smell and the warmth feels healing in itself.

Turkey Vegetable Soup - This soup recipe will heal what ail's ya in a hurry. It's a great way to use turkey leftovers from Christmas dinner and Thanksgiving. The bone broth is healing, and the vegetables provide more nutrients. Make lots and freeze so you have back ups in a pinch! Recipe found at The Bewitchin' Kitchen.

Homemade turkey vegetable soup – there is nothing more comforting then a pot of soup simmering for the afternoon


On top of the bone broth,  you have your vegetables – which we all know are good for you. The fact that the veggies boil in the stock, means that the bone broth has even more minerals (depleted from the vegetables) and makes it that much more healing.


The choice of vegetables is really a personal preference. I love carrots in my soup (they add a sweetness) and are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene, my son loves corn so I added some for him and some green beans to add a bit of colour. I’m going to be honest here, my fridge and pantry were pretty bare so I grabbed what I could to add as “fillers”. I had some lentils and quinoa,  more great sources of finer and protein. Making this meal wholesome and healthy.

The best thing about turkey vegetable soup recipes is that it’s versatile. Don’t like the vegetables I used? Don’t use them. Customize the recipe to what works best for your family.

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Turkey Vegetable Soup


  • Turkey carcass (bones, skin, drumsticks, etc)
  • Water (enough to cover the turkey parts)
  • Onion
  • 3-4 carrots, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1/4 cup quinoa


For The Bone Broth:
  1. Break apart your turkey carcass and place in soup pot (I had to use two). We don’t eat dark meat, so I added the drumsticks in there as well. Fill with water. Chop an onion in half and add that if desired. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer, cover and let it do it’s thing for a few hours (the longer the better) This time I did mine for roughly 12 hours, but in the past I have done a total of 24 (boiled for half a day, cooled and put in the fridge and then boiled the next). You may have to keep adding water.
  2. Strain the broth and set aside. Pick through the meat and add to the broth.
For The Soup:
  1. Add the rest of the ingredients to the soup pan (with the turkey meat and broth). You may have to add more water. The amount of bouillon is really up to you, as every batch needs a different amount. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Simmer for at least an hour.

When refrigerating the broth will turn into a gel – don’t panic it’s very healthy for you. It’s because you have taken the gelatin from the turkey. Once heated, it will liquify.

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If you’re planning on cooking up this turkey vegetable soup after a turkey dinner but you’re not sure where to start, check out this guide to How To Cook a Turkey Like a Boss.

How to cook a turkey like a boss. Step by step instructions on how to make the best turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner or just because.

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28 comments on “Turkey Vegetable Healing Soup”

  1. I love making home made soups…. I made turkey stock after cooking our meal this weekend and put it in the freezer for later use

  2. So glad you posted this! We didn’t have turkey for thanksgiving but I am making one tomorrow and I love using the leftovers for a good soup but haven’t really had a great recipe to use. I will definitely try this one now!

  3. This is what I will make with my turkey leftovers. I just had turkey for lunch. LOL. Now I will make soup. I never knew that boiling the bones made a difference in terms of helping your gut. That’s very impressive actually. I learned something eyer today. Thanks.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever made a soup out of a carcass, nor did I know the health benefits of using the bones. I love the idea of using everything and not just carving off the white meat and calling it a day. Your recipe sounds excellent.

  5. Your soup looks wonderful! I will definitely try it. I usually make my own broth too. Thank you for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning and sharing!

  6. Randa I can tell you this in all honesty..I love this post and this recipe! Anyone who knows me knows that I really don’t like to cook, and even when I do it never turns out, lOL. I think part of the problem is that I never know what to make. This Turkey soup looks and sounds so delish and I think I am going to give it a whirl.

  7. We just made some soup with our Thanksgiving leftovers! I had no idea boiling the bones was so good for you!

  8. Thank you for sharing this kind of delectable dish. Perhaps its time to add this great menu for our upcoming reunion party. 🙂

  9. This looks so delicious, hearty and wholesome. Too bad Thanksgiving dinner this year was seafood lasagna!

  10. Turkey soup is one soup I’ve never made, maybe I’ll take it on after Christmas this year

  11. That sounds excellent. All except for the turkey. I don’t touch that stuff. I would use chicken breast. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. Yum! I could use a bowl of that right now!!

  14. Looks tasty. I will be making this when it cools off a little more here.

  15. i have heard about boiling bones before but and that it has many benefits but didnt know they were so many thank u for opening my eyes when it comes to cooking not just to enjoy a meal but to enjoy something that would do good for ur body.

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  17. Love this idea – I can smell it now! Will be reading more of your healthy tips for sure Visiting from freshmommyblog.com

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  20. I’ve made turkey or chicken stock several times now and love it! But I was ready to try an actual soup recipe – this sounds perfect, especially for our random snow day here in Tennessee. =) 

  21. I have never eaten turkey much. We made one and just two weeks ago I found I have brain cancer. We did not know any correlation was made with turkey. It was after I’d stuffed myself with this new I can’t stay away from this stuff. By the evening I was in absolutely no pain anywhere. I told my other it’s got to be this turkey. I didn’t understand so I decided to just take a peak at what I could find. Wow!!! Just make the turkey carkus soup.y mentioned to me the many benefits to me. I was floored. I do know that it’s not a cure for cancer but the complete pain free day, I’ll be having atleasy a cup a day. Thank you SO very much for shairing what you know. It has made my world open up to a level like no other.

    • Wow Tammy, wow. From what I know of food and nutrition I’m not sure if it’s the turkey soup or what but all I care about is that you’re feeling better. This makes me so happy to hear <3

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