This hearty and healthy turkey stew recipe is just about the best use of Thanksgiving leftovers we can think of. And we don't just mean the turkey. The stew is packed with leftover roasted vegetables--use whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as Brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potatoes and green beans. And leftover gravy is used to add depth of flavor and body. Possibly the best part of this stew recipe? It comes together really quickly--because don't we all need a 20-minute dinner after the craziness of Thanksgiving? Add some leftover bread or rolls and dinner is done. This recipe is equally delicious with leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, and we've included instructions for making a quick gravy in case you don't have leftovers, so you can serve this Thanksgiving-in-a-pot year-round.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, September 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Add broth and gravy; let the mixture come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Stir in leftover vegetables and turkey; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper.



Tip: If you don't have any leftover gravy: Cook 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 2 cups unsalted chicken broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons each chopped fresh sage and chopped fresh thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and ground pepper.

Nutrition Facts

428 calories; protein 38.5g 77% DV; carbohydrates 27.8g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 4.7g 19% DV; sugars 9.8g; fat 15.6g 24% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 88.3mg 29% DV; vitamin a iu 5939.4IU 119% DV; vitamin c 18.8mg 31% DV; folate 80.1mcg 20% DV; calcium 71.7mg 7% DV; iron 2.1mg 11% DV; magnesium 72.4mg 26% DV; potassium 960.6mg 27% DV; sodium 870.8mg 35% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.

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I love how this recipe uses multiple Thanksgiving leftovers -- and it's so flexible. Read More