I made two soups with Thanksgiving leftovers, mainly the turkey. Turkey Curry Soup and Turkey Noodle Soup. Both were really good and both are all gone. This turkey noodle soup is a great way to use up a bunch of what you already had on hand for the holiday.
First I made the stock with the carcass, put it in a big pot with an onion, carrot, peppercorns and parsley, and covered it with water. I let it simmer about 2 hours and then it was golden and flavorful. You certainly could let it go longer and reduce more for a richer stock, but I like it this way for soup.
Once the stock is made, you can make the soup. Start by sautéing the vegetables. Don’t chop them too finely, you want to be able to see and taste the vegetables. In terms of seasoning, I had fresh sage and thyme on hand, so that’s what I used. Use what you have, dried thyme or poultry seasoning would work, too.
When everything has simmered a bit and the vegetables are tender, add the noodles and then the shredded turkey. I really like frozen homestyle egg noodles, like Reames. They stay firm and don’t get soggy, the kids like them a lot. That’s it, pretty simple. And very easy to adapt to what you have on hand, I just bought the noodles and celery, everything else I had already.
Good old-fashioned turkey noodle soup, one of the best ways to use up leftovers. Try adding some sriracha to your bowl, heaven.
Happy slurping, Kelly
Old-fashioned turkey noodle soup, using your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, carcass and all.
- turkey carcass
- 1 onion, unpeeled, cut in half
- 1 carrot unpeeled, cut in half
- 1 rib of celery, cut in half (save the celery leaves for seasoning the soup later)
- whole peppercorns
- a few sprigs of parsley
- 8 - 10 cups of water to cover
- kosher salt
- equal parts chopped carrots, onion and celery (about 1 - 1-1/2 cups each, large dice)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter or turkey fat (from the stock)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 8 cups turkey stock
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
- leftover shredded turkey, 1 - 3 cups, whatever you have
- 12- ounce package frozen homestyle egg noodles, like Reames
- kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
Make the turkey stock. Put carcass in a large pot, add onion, carrot, celery, peppercorns, parsley and a generous pinch of salt. Cover with at least 8 cups of water, bring to a boil, then turn down, cover partially and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, skimming any impurities that float to the top. Strain stock in a tea towel-lined strainer and set aside. Pull any meat off all those bones, especially the neck, and add to your shredded leftovers. If needed, when the stock cools a bit, skim off any fat (which you can use to sauté the vegetables if you want, instead of butter).
In a large stock pot or soup pot, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or turkey fat) and add the onion, carrot and celery. Add a sprinkle of salt and cook until the onions are softened, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute, be careful not to burn.
Add the chopped parsley, celery leaves, sage, thyme (or your seasonings of choice), and salt and pepper. Stir and cook for a minute or two. Add 8 cups, more or less, of the turkey stock and bring to a simmer. With lid partially on, simmer until carrots and celery are tender, stirring occasionally, 15 – 20 minutes.
Add the frozen egg noodles and simmer another 20 minutes. Stir in the shredded turkey. Heat through and season with salt and pepper to taste.