Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

This recipe yields 16 cups – or around a gallon of soup.  Of course, you can easily halve the ingredients, which would yield around 8 cups of soup.

Few things are more glorious to gaze upon than a perfectly roasted turkey, it’s golden goodness and luscious aroma a precursor of delights to come.  Guests often gather around, oohing and ahhing, their expressions similar to those of grandparents staring at their first grandchild.  Yes indeed, Mr. Turkey is Center Stage – he’s the Big Event in the multi-ring circus called Thanksgiving.

My friend Tina is THE world’s best Turkey Cooker!!

THE TURKEY - 'My Yellow Farmhouse.com"

However, once the feasting has ended, Mr. Turkey’s Glory Days are seemingly over. He sits forlornly on the kitchen counter . .  abandoned, unloved, surrounded by the detritus of what was. Still, what remains of Mr. Turkey can be raised to a whole new level of delish-a-tude.

Today’s post, Turkey Noodle Soup, is certainly not a new concept for left-over turkey but I bet it’ll make your family’s tummies very happy.  Soup, in any form, is just so appreciated when the days are cold and dark, as they always are during this time of year.

 Turkey Strata (Casserole) - Uses Leftover Turkey and Stuffing! - My Yellow Farmhouse.com++ If you happen to have both turkey and stuffing left over you may want to prepare Turkey Strata.  It’s a snap to put together and is just another idea for what to do with all that turkey!!

https://myyellowfarmhouse.com/2012/12/27/turkey-strata-casserole-uses-left-over-turkey-and-stuffing/

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Mr. Turkey – Starring in “Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup”

Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup - My Yellow Farmhouse.com

Ingredients and Method

++  You may prefer to add a bit more salt and pepper . . . or even more poultry seasoning.  Or you might like to add (cooked) rice to the turkey broth.  Think of this recipe as a guideline and adapt it to suit your family’s taste.    ; o )
  • turkey (or chicken) carcass    ++ You’ll need 3 cups chopped turkey or chicken
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes     ++  I use Knorr.  If using another brand, use 4 chicken cubes.
  • 1 1/4  to 1 1/2  cups chopped baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/4  to  1 1/2  cups frozen peas  ++  The peas are added towards the end… still frozen.
  • 3 cups COOKED egg noodles     ++  Just measure out 3 cups dry egg noodles to equal 3 cups cooked egg noodles.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt  – –   or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper – –  or to taste

Place 12 cups water, 2 Knorr chicken bouillon cubes (If using another brand, use 4 chicken bouillon cubes.), 1 1/4  to  1 1/2  cups chopped baby carrots, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 large garlic clove, minced and 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning in a very large saucepan or Dutch Oven. Add turkey carcass, breaking carcass apart to make it fit, if necessary.   ++  Remove skin and fat as much as possible.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.  Cover and allow to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, turning turkey carcass over once or twice.

About 10 minutes before end of cooking time for broth and veggies, cook 3 cups egg noodles according to package directions.  Drain and set noodles aside.

After 1 1/2 hours, turn off heat but leave saucepan containing broth and veggies on burner.  Remove turkey carcass.  Allow carcass to cool a bit, then remove and chop meat.  You’ll need 3 cups.

Add the chopped meat to broth and vegetables.  Add the drained egg noodles, 1 1/4  to  1 1/2 cups frozen peas (still frozen!), 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper or ‘to taste’. Bring soup to a simmer again and serve.  Enjoy!

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++ My son M. jokingly said I need to credit him for 1. use of his kitchen and  2. use of his place mats & bowls for the photos.  So I suppose I should also thank him for his critique of my soup, which he gave a thumbs up.  (And he’s one tough critic..)  I also want to thank Tina and Gary for hosting The Feast and for allowing me to abscond with the turkey carcass!!     Enjoy !

12 thoughts on “Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

    • I just might do that sometime my friend! I’ve done two soft-cover books for my sons and others. My friend John, of the Bartolini Kitchens, just put out a wonderful soft-cover book of his old (Italian) family recipes. It’s wonderful !!

  1. A true friend is one that lets you have a turkey carcass. 🙂 There is something very comforting about turkey soup with egg noodles and yours sounds good.

    • I 100% agree with you on both counts! Tina called a day later to see if I also wanted the carcass from the turkey breast she had also roasted. (She hosted 30 people, 17 of ‘young people or children’ – hence the need for lots of turkey.) Much as I hated turning down the offer of another turkey carcass, I just couldn’t see hauling it to our place in the Pocono mountains and then back to good old Massachusetts !

  2. This is such a cute post {In so much as turkey can be ‘cute’ ; )}! You did well by the turkey, for sure – and I think my new favorite word might have to be “delish-a-tude”! Definitely going to borrow that!

    • You made me laugh!! I was working on this post in at my son’s home and read some of it to my daughter-in-law, who asked, “Is ‘delish-a-tude’ a word?” I told her no.. I’d just made it up AND I liked it !! ; o ) And thanks for your lovely comment about the post – I did feel that the words were, as Shakespeare wrote in ‘Hamlet’) coming ‘trippingly on the tongue”… even though I was typing!

    • I did have a great weekend & I’m now at our house in the Pocono Mountains… but I have to leave tomorrow… which is a bit of a bummer! And there’s just a bit of turkey soup left which I think I’m going to ‘finish off’ tonight. Thanks for commenting & I hope you, too, had a great weekend!!

  3. Your roast turkey looks beautiful as does that pot of soup. And hearty as well with all those tasty vegetables in it. Looking at it reminded me how much I miss my mom’s soup with home made egg noddles though hers were the very thin variety.

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