Duck Soup

This year I served an oven- roasted Marinated Duck for Christmas dinner. There isn’t all that much meat on a duck, but our 4-pound bird fed two of us amply with a nice amount of meat still left on the carcass. I love to make soup from leftover fowl carcasses, so soup it was today! After simmering the carcass for an hour and cooling, it yielded about 2-2½ c. duck meat for my soup pot. I wanted my soup fairly simple, with rich depth of flavor, so I added the duck fat it rendered during the initial roasting. I also used some homemade chicken broth to add even more flavor to the final soup. We were both very pleased with this creation! I used no recipe, but threw in the “usual suspects” for tasty game birds. My Marinated Duck had some bay leaf in it, so you will want to add a bay leaf to your pot.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers.


4 slices thick bacon, cut into 3/4″ dice

1 c. chopped onion

1 c. chopped celery

1 c. chopped carrot

½ c. chopped parsley

2 cloves minced garlic

¼ c. duck fat (use butter if not available)

1 c. chicken broth (I use salt-free homemade)

water to cover meat and veggies

3/4 tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. coarse black pepper

1 large bay leaf (or 2 small)

3 T. Hemp Seed Hearts

1 4-oz can mushrooms with liquid

1 duck carcass (mine was from a 4# duck) or 2½ c. cooked diced duck meat

7 oz. pkg. shiritaki noodles with oat fiber, rice-shaped

DIRECTIONS: Brown bacon in soup pot over high heat. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery, garlic and parsley. Saute until onion begins to go translucent. Add all remaining ingredients to pot, bring to boil and lower heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for about 1½ hours, stirring every half hour.  Remove duck carcass and strip meat off bones, replacing meat into soup pot.  Discard bones.  Open package of noodles and rinse well in a sieve under running water. Add to pot and simmer 15 more minutes. I recommend serving this rich soup with a buttered low-carb dinner/sandwich roll if you have cooked and at the ready. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 large bowl, each contains:

454 cals, 37.2g fat, 10.1g carbs, 3.85g fiber, 6.25g NET CARBS, 21.9g protein, 635 mg sodium


2 thoughts on “Duck Soup

  1. Hi Peggy I love this recipe! Duck is one of my favorite, especially at Christmas. I check in on the Gardening website from time to time but it’s been pretty quiet. My email will not accept pics from my phone which is a real pain and keeps me from posting pics there. I got kicked off of the lowcarb website for talking about covid meds… I would post on your blog but I don’t have an account with any of those sign-ins. Google wants a phone number to confirm and I don’t want that made public because of scam calls. Or maybe this reply will post automatically. Hope you y’all had a good Christmas and happy new year! Colette

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    1. I think you’ll like this soup, Colette. We found it delicious! Sorry to hear about your experience on the low-carb site. I assume you meat the LowCarbNeighborhood site? I’m just not getting into the groove there since Netrition dissolved the old group. So many great cooks were posting on the old forums but not so much on the new forums. 😦 Our Christmas was “quiet” like most people’s this year. We lost our little rat terrier in October so we were really feeling ‘alone’ without her presence. My family are all gone now. My husbands are virtually noncommunicative nowadays. So the ‘stay-at-home’ request was easy to accommodate. So I cooked duck, which always perks our spirits up. 🙂 Hope your holiday season is filled with family and lots of love. Happy New Year to you!

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