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Beans & Bones Turkey Soup

Beans-n-Bones Turkey Soup

Lisa Kamolnick
There’s a lot of meat left on that turkey. This soup embraces frugality while elevating leftovers. Great with a salad or sandwich.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 11 cups



  • Turkey carcass and other meaty turkey bones still remaining from Thanksgiving dinner neck, organ, spine, wings, etc.
  • 1 to 2 apples and oranges cut in pieces can take from stuffed turkey or fresh
  • 12 C water


  • 6 C turkey stock
  • 2 ½ C pinto beans cooked and drained (navy beans would also work)
  • 2 C turkey meat leftover and/or culled from strained broth
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 sweet peppers diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped celery up to equal amount of onion, to taste
  • 1 tsp ground cilantro
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper



  • Break turkey carcass into moderately sized pieces. Place turkey carcass and any other bones along with neck and organ meat into 12 C water, or enough to cover the top of the pieces.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours. (You can also use Instant Pot stock setting to significantly speed up this step.)
  • Strain liquid and reserve portion for use in soup. Store remaining stock.
  • Set aside strained turkey for use in soup.


  • Chop onion, sweet peppers and celery.
    beans & bones turkey soup at a glance
  • Mince garlic.
  • Cull meat off of turkey bones and sort through strained stock, grabbing only tender turkey meat. Most meat will fall right off of the bones.
  • Pour oil in bottom of heavy stock pot and heat.
  • Add onion, peppers, celery, garlic and seasonings and sauté until onions become translucent.
  • Add turkey meat and beans.
  • Add 6 C of stock to pot.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about a half hour.
    Beans & Bones Turkey Soup


Serving Suggestions
Serve warm with a side of bread or vegetable of choice. Pairs well with traditional Thanksgiving leftover sides such as dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans.
  • This stock freezes well. Pour into ice cube trays and place cubes in a marked container or bag.
  • Beans-n-Bones Turkey Soup is easy to prepare in rice cooker on heat & simmer setting or in instant pot in soup mode.
Keyword beans, soup, turkey, turkey soup, turkey stock