If you hate leftovers as much as I do, this turkey pot pie will be the perfect recipe to use after Thanksgiving

I HATE leftovers. I know, it’s a hot take and I’m not ashamed. I absolutely cannot stomach the thought of reheating food the next day in the microwave – like it actually makes me gag. However, I hate wasting food more than I hate leftovers, so this leftover Thanksgiving turkey pot pie is the perfect way to utilize that two day old turkey in a delicious and fresh way. Say goodbye to those rubbery bites of two day old microwaved meat – you can’t sit with us, gross leftovers.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Hate seeing food go to waste? Use up the rest of the leftover thanksgiving turkey in this turkey pot pie recipe. Made with homemade bone broth and lots of veggies

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This turkey potpie does have a little prep work involved, but it’s so worth it in the end. The first step is to make some bone broth with the leftover turkey carcass, scraps and some fresh veggies. Bone broth does take a few hours to perfect, but it’s crazy easy to throw together.


Turkey carcass

1 carrot, roughly chopped

1 yellow or white onion, roughly chopped

2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped

3 cloves of garlic

Handful of fresh thyme

8 cups of filtered water

Salt to taste

In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, add in the turkey carcass (especially the legs and wing tips – those have tonssss of flavor), chopped veggies, herbs and filtered water. This broth is so flexible, so feel free to add additional spices to your liking such as cayenne, more garlic, pepper, etc.

Bring the broth to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for 4-5 hours – checking every so often to stir it. Towards the end, I like to taste it and add salt as necessary. And that’s it – literally SO easy.


Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie

Hate wasting food? This easy home cooked recipe for turkey pot pie is the yummiest way to use up all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Servings 7


  • 4 cups turkey bone broth
  • 4 cups shredded turkey
  • 2 diced potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 bag frozen veggies (carrots, peas, corn)
  • 3 minced cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ c coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 pie crust
  • ½ c cold water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  • Ina Dutch oven, heat the avocado oil and add in the potatoes, onion and garlic.
  • Sauté for about 5 minutes – until the onion is translucent and add in the frozen veggies. Once the frozen veggies have started to heat through, pour in turkey bone broth and coconut milk.
  • Stir to combine and cook on medium heat until potatoes are soft. This should take about 15 minutes.
  • Taste as you go and add in salt and pepper to taste. Next, mix the arrowroot starch with the cold water. Arrowroot starch acts as a thickener, you can sub corn starch here if you prefer.
  • Now, slowly pour in the arrowroot starch + water combo into the Dutch oven, stirring as you add it in. Cook for a few more minutes as the pot pie mixture starts to thicken.
  • Pour the pot pie mixture into a deep glass casserole dish, similar to this one.
  • Rollout the pie crust so it is about ½ inch thick and cover the casserole dish. Pinch the edges so that it forms a thicker crust to prevent any of the mixture from bubbling out.
  • Feel free to brush a beaten egg over the crust to help the crust brown in the oven. Before baking, cut 3-5 slits in the crust to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  • After removing the potpie from the oven, allow it to rest for 10 minutes. ENJOY MY FRIENDS!!

This leftover Thanksgiving turkey pot pie is the perfect cozy winter meal – it’s filling, sneaks in some veggies and is warm and comforting in the chillier winter months. You can even freeze it and keep it for another time!

I hope this can help you use up those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers in a tasty way that won’t have you gagging at microwaved meat. This meal can also be frozen to be used at a later date.


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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie


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