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“I always prepare way too much for my Thanksgiving spread, but it’s totally intentional. I find joy in utilizing my leftovers in repurposed recipes, so I make more food than I know our guests can eat. I often make casseroles, breakfast hashes or sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving, but soup is my favorite way to use leftovers. Since it is generally cold around Thanksgiving, there is nothing better than cozying up to a bowl of this Thanksgiving Soup that utilizes some of your best leftovers.” — Naomi Seifter of Austin’s Picnik

Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup

Serves 4-6

Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup

By Camille Styles


  • 4 lbs leftover turkey bones
  • 2 lbs leftover turkey meat
  • 4 quarts chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups green beans, chopped
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, small cubed
  • 2 cups butternut squash, small cubed
  • 1/3 cup fresh sage
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp himalayan sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 quart leftover mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash


  1. Cover turkey bones with chicken bone broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Cook for 2 hours on low. This will get you a yummy, flavorful turkey stock. Alternatively, you can cook stock for 48 hours, but this is a shortcut.
  2. Remove carcass from stock. Add all additional ingredients, besides turkey meat, salt and mashed potatoes. Turn soup up to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 60-90 minutes until all vegetables are soft and delicious.
  3. Once vegetables are soft, add turkey meat and mashed potatoes. Please note: this recipe was built with very creamy cauliflower mash or potatoes. If you are using chunky potatoes (similar to potato salad texture), please puree to smooth before adding to soup. The mashed potatoes will add a delicious creaminess to the soup. Add salt to taste (will vary depending on the salt level in your potatoes).

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