Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe AKA Turkey Carcass Soup

A nice Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe (Or Turkey Carcass Soup) that’s minimal work. Very easy to make and great for after Thanksgiving turkey left overs. This makes a lot of soup and is very good with homemade noodles.

Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

It seems that I get the most pleasure from holiday meals making dishes from the leftovers. Sometimes I think my sole reason for going to the trouble of making roast turkey is so I can make turkey carcass soup!

It really doesn’t matter how the roast turkey turns out either!

If the white meat is overcooked and comes out dry and almost tasteless the carcass is the turkey’s way of making up for it. (Still true even if the turkey comes out perfect by the way.)

This is a very minimalist recipe. The broth is made by simply simmering the turkey carcass with some carrots, celery and onion and then using that broth to make turkey noodle soup with the leftover meat.

It happens to be not only the very best thing you can do with a turkey carcass but also about the only thing!

You need to break the carcass down first. But that’s not difficult if you have kitchen shears! Any other bones can go in as is.

The bones add a lot of flavor to the soup but the turkey carcass main gift is the gelatin you get from the rib cage and sternum and elsewhere. This adds great body to the soup. Excellent mouth feel to this soup!

The taste will depend on how your turkey was made. I once had soup made from turkey that was brined and pecan wood smoked. Oh what a wonderful taste!!!

(Be sure to use Grandma’s Homemade Egg Noodles for best results!)

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Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

turkey carcass
6 quarts water
1 cup celery, and leaves chopped
3 large onions, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup carrot, chopped fine
4 cups medium egg noodles
3 cups frozen peas

In large covered Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven place the turkey carcass and bones, salt, pepper, carrots, celery plus half the onions in water. Simmer 1 hour.

Remove the turkey parts and allow to cool. Pick the turkey meat and discard bones.

Add the turkey, remaining onions and cook ten minutes.

Add noodles to soup.

Simmer until noodles are tender.

Add frozen peas to hot soup and serve.

This Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is the ideal vessel for making this soup. Or any soup for that matter! Sooo many uses.


Tips And Tidbits About This Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

Any leftover veggies you have from the big day can be added to this soup. If there was something that the little ones pushed to the side of their plate whirr it in the blender to a liquid and add it. They’ll never know!!!

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