As far back as I can remember, I can recall my parents using the leftover turkey to make a turkey soup each year after Thanksgiving. I never got a recipe or anything from them, but it just seemed like the customary thing to do, and I’ve continued the tradition with my own family. Through the years I just sort of created my own technique and recipe, so if there’s a faster or easier way to do any of this, by all means be my guest!
After all those heavy Thanksgiving dishes, this soup seems like the perfect alternative leftover. It’s light and flavorful, but the ingredients and herbs still have strong ties to the holiday season. I just got done making this today, and my daughter has already had 3 bowls!
- leftover turkey carcass, with most of the meat cut off
- about 7 liters water
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 large yellow onion
- 5 cloves garlic
- 5 stalks celery
- 4 medium carrots
- 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (I use Old Bay)
- 12 ounces uncooked wide egg noodles
|Cut all the meat off your turkey. Place leftover bone pieces in a large stockpot.|
|After about 8-9 hours, all the little pieces of meat, fat, and skin will have fallen off the bone.
Turn off the stove, and let the turkey and broth cool for 1-2 hours.
|Once cooled, place a strainer in a large bowl, and carefully pour the stockpot into the strainer, slowly.
Keep the bowl of broth, leave in the bowl and let cool. Clean and dry your stockpot.
|While broth is cooling, empty the turkey pieces out of the strainer one by one.
Toss the bones in a bowl to discard.
|Once the meat is off the bone, shred the pieces by hand, and drop back into the stockpot.|
|Mine still had a good amount of meat, it doesn’t look like it but my pot was 1/3 full of shredded turkey.|
|Mince the garlic, and drop that in too.|
|Now halve (or quarter) the carrots, then slice them. Drop them into the soup.|
|Halve, then slice the celery. Add it to the soup.|
|Chop up the parsley, then add to the soup.|
|By now the broth should be boiling or almost boiling. Add the seasonings. Bring to a rolling boil, cover and lower the heat to simmer for about 2 hours, until vegetables are soft.|
|Once the broth has had a chance to simmer with the seasonings, add in the uncooked egg noodles.
Once again turn it back up to boil, then simmer and cover for about 20 minutes.
|After about 20 minutes, the noodles should be soft but not overcooked.
Remove from heat, cool, then serve.
|Perfectly paired with saltines and a glass of wine. Enjoy!|