Hearty Turkey Frame Soup


Leftover turkey and the turkey frame create the flavorful base for this low-fat and luscious soup. Whole wheat pasta and plenty of vegetables make it healthy and delicious.

Turkey Frame Soup
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 meaty turkey frame

  • 4 cup water

  • 4 cup turkey or chicken broth

  • 1 large onion, quartered

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Chopped cooked turkey

  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into thin strips

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 cup sliced or cubed vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, or turnips

  • 1 ½ cup high-fiber or whole wheat pasta, such as rotini or penne

  • 1 15 ounce can Great Northern beans or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Break turkey frame or cut in half with kitchen shears. Place in large pot. Add water, broth, onion, garlic, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

  2. Remove turkey frame. Cool; cut meat off bones; coarsely chop meat. Add enough turkey to equal 2 cups. Set aside. Discard bones. Strain broth; skim off fat.

  3. Return broth to pot. Stir in tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Stir in vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 5 minutes. Add pasta. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and still firm and vegetables are tender. Stir in turkey and beans; heat through. If desired, serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
4g Fat
42g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 965mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 15.4mg 77%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 715mg 15%
Folate, total 137.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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