Turkey Leftovers Soup

Gluten-Free Turkey Leftovers Soup

Use the carcass from your Thanksgiving turkey to make this hearty leftover turkey soup. To keep the noodles from absorbing the stock, spoon cooked gluten-free pasta into the hot soup after it’s poured into individual bowls.

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Turkey Leftovers Soup
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Gluten-Free Turkey Leftovers Soup

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Beth Hillson


  • Bones of one roasted turkey (with some meat left)
  • 1 cup large dried lima beans , rinsed
  • 4 stalks celery , diced or sliced
  • 3 large carrots , peeled and sliced
  • 1 (18-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large onion , peeled
  • Several sprigs flat-leaf parsley , rinsed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 2-3 quarts cold water
  • 1 large potato , peeled and cubed
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut green beans
  • ½ (10-ounce) package frozen peas
  • Gluten-free pasta of choice


  • In a large stockpot, combine turkey bones, lima beans, celery, carrots, tomatoes, onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer 2 to 3 hours or until lima beans are soft. If you omit the lima beans, simmer 2 hours or until soup is flavorful.
  • Carefully remove the turkey bones, using two large slotted spoons. Transfer bones to an ovenproof platter and let sit until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones and return meat to the pot, along with a few large, solid bones.
  • Add potato, green beans and peas and simmer for 1 additional hour. If the broth becomes too thick, add a can of gluten-free chicken stock. Check seasonings and adjust for taste. Remove bones.
  • For Hearty Turkey Soup, spoon cooked rice or gluten-free pasta into individual bowls and then pour in hot soup. Don’t add rice or pasta to the stockpot as these tend to absorb liquid, making the soup very thick. Serve hot.


*Please note the nutrition facts does not include the turkey or the pasta, as this will depend on how much meat is left on the carcass and how much pasta you use per serving. The nutrition facts are calculated with the other base ingredients. 


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Turkey Leftovers Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 1011mg29%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 5315IU106%
Vitamin C 15.9mg19%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten Free Makeovers by Beth HillsonRecipe from Gluten Free Makeovers, by Beth Hillson. This recipe was originally published in 2009. Turkey soup photo by Lauri Patterson, Getty Images. Originally posted on Gluten Free & More.

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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