Classic Turkey Broth



20 min


1 h 50 min


12 cups

Classic Turkey Broth

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The turkey from your holiday dinner is a gift that just keeps giving—use the carcass to make this flavourful broth (it’s way easier than you might imagine).


  • 1 carcass from a roasted turkey , meat removed and reserved
  • 16 cups cold water
  • 1 onion , coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots , coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks , coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , lightly crushed
  • 2 leeks , (dark green parts only), chopped
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns


  • PLACE carcass in a large (about 6-qt) pot and cover with water. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, leeks, thyme, bay leaves and peppercorns. Set pot over medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 1/2 hrs. Pass broth through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding carcass and vegetables.


Make-ahead tip

Cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing for later use.

This broth makes a delicious base for our Classic Turkey Soup.

Here are more of our best recipes for turkey leftovers.