From The Reluctant Gourmet


  • 1 roasted turkey carcass
  • water
  • bouquet garni
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large parsnip, chopped
  • 2 turnips, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • celery leaves from stalks
  • 6 medium potatoes chopped
  • Salt and Pepper


Place the carcass (and trimmed legs and wings) in a heavy bottomed soup pot and add enough water to cover the turkey carcass and then some. Add bouquet garni and simmer until the meat falls off the bone, approximately 4-5 hours. Remove the bouquet garni and strain the soup. Add the broth back to the pot along with all the meat that fell off the carcass. Remove any meat still on the bones and add it back to the pot. Add carrots, parsnip, turnips, celery leaves and continue to simmer 1-2 hours. Add salt & pepper to taste and then add the potatoes & celery, simmer 30 – 45 minutes. Serve with fresh bread. Enjoy!