Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup made with homemade turkey broth from the leftover turkey carcass, loaded with turkey and noodles. Perfect use of that leftover turkey.
Well it’s cold outside, and it’s white and pretty. But I mean super cold, like – 20 degrees C (-5 degrees F). It’s also full blown soup weather. And I love it. Seriously. I love everything about it. And now that Thanksgiving is over, I bet you have lots of leftover turkey!
And I, like many of you my dear friends, roasted a turkey. A big turkey and now we’re struggling with the leftovers. But I have the perfect solution for you. Ahem, I mean recipe. You need this recipe in your life. Especially if it’s cold outside.
Leftover turkey noodle soup, just the sound of that makes me all happy inside. But this is why I love this time of year. I love to eat soup with some nice crusty cheesy bread then curl up on my super comfy recliner, with a nice big bowl full of noodle soup loaded with turkey and watch Christmas with the Kranks or whatever Christmas movie happens to be on TV. I really am a simple girl. Oh and a glass of Moscato wine, yeah, that’s it.
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY NOODLE SOUP FROM A CARCASS
I used the carcass from the turkey, pulled all the meat from it and made my own broth. Not hard at all, all you need to do is cook the carcass with water, an onion, a few carrots and some celery sticks for about an hour and a half and you end up with the most delicious turkey broth ever.
Not to mention it fills your kitchen with amazing aromas and whoever walks in your kitchen will think you’re cooking some fancy meals.
But that’s what I love about this soup, it’s simple. You can add as much turkey as you want and it can be dark and/or white meat. I also used these Asian Egg Noodles I had, about 8 oz of them, because I love lots of noodles in my soup. You get an amazing turkey flavor to this soup from making your own broth from a turkey carcass, but if you want you can of course use store bought chicken broth or turkey broth.
So there you have it. A super satisfying turkey noodle soup, such a great use of all that leftover turkey.
CRAVING MORE LEFTOVER DISHES? TRY THESE RECIPES:
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins
- Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
- Ham and Cheese Penne
- Turkey with Pistachio Pesto and Arugula Sandwich
- Ham and Bean Soup
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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
For the Broth
- 1 turkey carcass leftover from a carved turkey, all meat removed
- 14 cups water
- 1 large onion peeled
- 2 stalks celery washed
- 3 carrots peeled, cleaned
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
For the Soup
- 2 to 3 cups turkey meat chopped, white or dark
- 8 oz egg noodles dry
- 1 bouillon cube or 2 tbsp Vegeta
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
- parsley chopped
- In a large soup pot, add turkey carcass, water, onion, celery sticks and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove carcass and everything else from the soup, using a mesh strainer or a slotted spoon, keep the carrots and put them to the side. All there should be left in the pot should be the broth.
- Add turkey meat and noodles to the pot. You might need to add a couple more cups of water as some of it may have evaporated.
- Chop the cooked celery and carrots and add back to the pot. Season with salt and pepper and add the bouillon cube or vegeta. Cook for another 8 minutes until noodles are cooked.
- Garnish with parsley.
- This recipe will work for leftover chicken as well.
- You can use no salt added broth instead of water for extra flavor.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Originally shared Nov 2015.