Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew #SundaySupper

Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew.

I don’t host for Thanksgiving, so don’t have quite as many leftovers to contend with as you might. But I usually leave my folks armed with a couple of pretty well-packed containers of turkey and sides, so I do have some experience. I got in the Thanksgiving spirit earlier this month and roasted a turkey. That gave me turkey bones as well as meat to work with, so making a stew was a must! The result was this tasty Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew perfect for sharing for this #SundaySupper focused on Thanksgiving leftovers. Before I get into my recipe, let me say thanks to Jennie at the Messy Baker Blog for hosting us!

Potatoes might be more common in a stew of this sort, but I had a lot of squash on hand from our fall farmshare. So I put a whole butternut squash to work in this stew with tasty results! If you had some leftover pureed squash from the Thanksgiving table, you could add that into the stew, and then add a couple of chopped potatoes for texture. This recipe is flexible–experiment with what you have on hand!


If you left someone else’s house with turkey meat, you can make the stew with some store-bought stock–skip on down to the stew recipe below! But homemade stock adds so much flavor! I describe the process for making stock with leftover chicken here, and the process is pretty similar with turkey.

For the stock in this turkey and butternut squash stew, I used a slowcooker which made the process quite easy. I removed the leftover meat form the turkey, leaving bits on the bone here and there. I broke up the carcass a bit, and filled my crockpot with the leg and wing bones. I roasted the turkey with a flavorful garlic butter, along with some parsnips and carrots. I tossed the remaining veggies into the crockpot to add flavor to the stock. Then, simply cover the turkey bones with water, and set the crockpot on low for at least 12 hours. I got this going on a Sunday night, and let the stock simmer in the crockpot for a full 24 hours, making the stew when I got home from work. The house smelled so awesome when I got home that night!

Prepping turkey for stew

I finished the stock by dumping the crockpot contents through a strainer into a large pan. I pick through the turkey bones to get more meat I can add to the stock, which wound up being quite a bit, as you can see. Homemade stock ready to go for some turkey and butternut squash stew!

Wine Pairing: I’m inclined to go with Pinot Noir for turkey, and the butternut squash seals the deal! I recently shared my 10 Pinot Noir Picks for Thanksgiving, in case you didn’t wind up with any leftover wine and need to choose a new bottle to go with the leftover stew.

Turkey with Butternut Squash Stew paired with Pinot Noir.

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Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew
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This hearty and flavorful stew is a great way to use leftover turkey!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup green peas, frozen OK
  • 4 cups or more cooked turkey, cut or shred into bit sized pieces
  • 7 cups turkey or chicken stock (if you have less than 7 cups stock, add water to bring you to 7 cups of liquid).
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  3. Add the carrots, butternut squash, and garlic, and sauté for about two more minutes.
  4. Add the stock to the pan, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer on medium low.
  5. After the veggies simmer for about 10 minutes, stir in the turkey and peas.
  6. Let the stew simmer uncovered at least 30 more minutes until the veggies are good and tender. A full hour of total cooking time is ideal to really let the flavor build up.
  7. Stir occasionally as the stew simmers, and break up a few pieces of the squash as you do to distribute the flavor throughout the liquid.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve in a bowl along with crusty bread. Enjoy!

Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew


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Turkey and Butternut Squash Stew


  1. says

    This looks absolutely delicious. I really love butternut squash so I am happy to see this rather than potatoes in your stew! (I’m not such a huge fan of potatoes – I know, shocker!).

  2. says

    What a gorgeous stew. I love butternut squash, it’s definitely one of my favorite ingredients to use this time of year! PS- good choice pairing with a Pinot Noir :)

  3. says

    Two birds with one stone! (Well, really only one bird and one squash–but still…) I love this pairing. It just screams autumn and Thanksgiving awesomeness to me!

  4. says

    Turkey soup in our house was hit or miss. It usually was a turkey and rice soup and if we forgot to refrigerate it after it cooled it got tossed. So, 50% of the time, we got to eat it.. The instructions to the recipe are just that. LOL THIS would definitely be saved for later! YUM!

  5. says

    This looks so comforting! I always save and freeze the turkey bones with the intent to make stock, but unfortunately I never follow through.

    Although I love butternut squash and have some sitting in my fridge…perhaps this will be on the menu this week! Thanks for sharing and have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Cooking Chat says

      Hi Amy–bones in freezer sound familiar! If I don’t make the stock right away it rarely happens, I’m afraid.

    • Cooking Chat says

      Thanks Julie! We have definitely been working on getting our photos to look as good as the food tastes, so appreciate the feedback :)


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