What to do with the leftover turkey carcass from Thanksgiving? Make this delicious, rich soup with loads of fresh vegetables, Diestel Turkey and beans!

Hearty Turkey Minestrone Soup


1 Large Diestel turkey carcass
1 large onion, large chunks
3 carrots, large chunks
3 celery stalks and leaves, large chunks
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic

1 medium potato, cubed
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 cup green beans, 1″ pieces
1-14.5 oz. can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. dried basil
1 cup squash (zucchini, crookneck, etc.)
1 cup pasta, such as fusilli or penne (“Mom” prefers organic)
1-15 oz. can Cannellini (white kidney beans, (rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)


break up carcass and place in large pot. Add cold water to just cover, approximately 3 quarts. Add the next 5 ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and, with lid ajar, simmer for 3 to 4 hours. Remove carcass from liquid. Strain broth and cool. Remove turkey from carcass. Degrease broth and discard bones and vegetables.

to broth, add first 8 ingredients and turkey meat. Bring to Boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add squash, pasta and beans. Boil until pasta is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and pass the cheese.

Serves 6-8.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Diestel.*