Sunday, November 29, 2009

Turkey Noodle Soup

The Thanksgiving bird made it's last bow today and rewarded us with a wonderful meal. Using the turkey bones that were left, I made turkey noodle soup. There is such wonderful flavor remaining in those bones!

I placed the turkey carcass in a large stock pot, breaking it up to fit. Using a large chef's knife to chop some of the larger bones in half releases the flavor of the marrow into the stock. The pot is then filled with water to cover the bones and then I added a large onion, a few stalks of celery with the leaves, one large carrot, a bay leaf, a bouquet garni of parsley and fresh thyme, salt and peppercorns and simmered it for about 2-1/2 hours.

After the initial simmer, I strained the stock twice and then added fresh vegetables to simmer until tender. Egg noodles were added during the last 8 minutes and finally a good helping of leftover cubed turkey breast meat tossed in to heat. A little sprinkle of fresh parsley...and a loaf of freshly baked artisan bread, made for a perfect Sunday dinner break as we put up some Christmas decorations!

Turkey (Carcass) Noodle Soup
Printable Recipe

1 turkey carcass from your holiday bird, with most of the meat and skin removed
1 whole onion - unpeeled and halved (this will give your soup a rich color and flavor)
1 carrot, scraped and cut into fourths
3 stalks of celery with a bunch of the celery leaves from the center of the celery stalk
1 large bay leaf
A few sprigs of fresh parsley
A sprig or two of fresh thyme
2 teaspoons salt
A good sprinkle of whole peppercorns - I don't measure but about 20

Fresh vegetables for the finished stock such as:
1 cup of diced carrots,
1 cup of diced celery
1 cup of diced onion

1 12-oz bag of wide egg noodles
1-2 cups of cubed turkey meat
Chopped parsley for garnish

Place the turkey carcass in a large stock pot and add enough cold water to cover. Add the next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2-1/2 hours. After the first hour, I put the lid on the pot leaving an opening on one side. Strain the bones and vegetables from the liquid and discard putting the liquid back into the stock pot.

Add the fresh vegetables and simmer until softened, about 20 minutes. Turn the heat up to a low boil and add the egg noodles and cook as long as the package indicates. Add the cubed turkey meat and chopped parsley. Adjust the seasonings, if necessary.


  1. There is nothing like turkey noodle soup as the final finish for the holiday bird. As traditional as the turkey itself! Yours looks yummy!

  2. Nothing beats a hot bowl of turkey noodle soup in the cold nights! I love the color effects of the whole dish on your red bowl! Simply gorgeous mosaic, too!

  3. Wow, you are good! I can't wait to get rid of the turkey. lol thanks for sharing your talents at MM. :)

  4. Yummy, thanks for the recipe. I love Turkey soup.

  5. I can almost smell it! YUM!! Love the mosaic.

  6. The soup is one of the best parts of the whole turkey experience. I love the smell of it simmering on the stove.

  7. Mmmm I can smell it simmering now. We had dinner out on Thanksgiving and had our turkey today so soup is on the agenda with the 'carcass' this week.

  8. Looks good. I did the last "Hoorah" with the turkey today also. Turkey & noodles.
    It was good on a cool, rainy day.

  9. Looks super, Susan! Perfect ending to the holiday weekend!

    I love your bread board!

  10. That is a gorgeous photo of the soup in that red bowl! I put my turkey "bones" in a soup pot to simmer as soon as we have cleaned the meat off, and if it's cold enough, the soup pot goes out to the garage to cool down for the night. We love turkey soup!

  11. What a fun style for your mosaic, Susan. Homemade soup and artisan bread ... doesn't get much better than that. It just seems like the right thing to use the carcass and get everything that you can out of the bird. Yours looks delicious.

  12. Wow, what program did you use for that awesome mosaic?

    Visit me!

  13. I just made my turkey stock today. I wish i had known about the bone marrow trick. Everything looks so good. I'll have to remember to get a loaf of fresh bread baked before I serve my soup.

  14. That looks excellent! Hope you are feeling broken bones for the holidays!
    Neat mosaic too!

  15. The soup sure looks hearty and welcoming after all the heavy rich eating from the past week!!!

  16. What an adorable soup mosaic today... oh, gosh... and thanks ever so much for the recipe to go along with it!

    The Blue Ridge Gal
    Just Vignettes

  17. Susan, Susan... I expected homemade noodles from scratch from you!! Not from me mind you, but definitely YOU! LOL

    Looks absolutely delicious...and Ina says you can never have too much of homemade chicken (turkey) stock!!!

  18. Looks so yummy! I have to try this one...thanks for sharing!

  19. I like your colorful and yummy-looking mosaic...haven't seen that type of mosaic before..

  20. This looks delicious. I love the mosaic and all of your photos. You manage to make even a simple soup look gourmet!

  21. This looks so delicious! Sounds like a great dish after a feast!

  22. I can't wait for a home made soup..:) It's been a long time.. The beach just didn't scream hot soup:)

    Yours looks beautiful!

  23. Hello Susan,

    Stopping by for the first time. The soup looks terrific ~ I can't toss those bones either without first making stock.

    I have enjoyed my visit and will be stopping by often.

    Kindly, ldh

  24. I love homemade soup and this one looks especially good. No turkey carcass for me this year so maybe I'll have to try it with the huge farm chickens I just bought from a neighbor.

  25. Susan, your Turkey Noodle Soup looks like a big, warm hug in a pretty bowl.


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