Turkey Noodle Soup for #SundaySupper

by Renee on November 4, 2012

Turkey Noodle Soup

There is a chilly wind blowing. And I am having some chills too. The combination of colder weather blowing in and not feeling so good makes me want a hot and comforting meal. It has been a whirlwind of a week catching up from being out of town. I very much needed to feel better to tackle the to-do list. I knew exactly what to make – homemade turkey noodle soup.

I had a turkey carcass in the freezer. All I needed was some turkey necks and vegetables to make the stock. I think homemade stock is a magical elixir that makes you feel better. At least it works for me. It replenishes the body and soul. The flavor is above and beyond any broth or stock from the store. Another one of my favorite recipes with stock is chicken and dumplings. Remember to keep your turkey carcass (bones) when you cook a turkey. Put it in the freezer so you can make stock with it later.

The rest of the soup is easy once the stock is done. Not that making the stock is difficult either. Basically all you have to do is put the ingredients in a pot, let it simmer, strain, and it is done. Then add noodles and chopped cooked turkey. A little later you have a bowl of rich, flavorful soup. It shows that only a few ingredients can come together and make something incredible.

Turkey noodle soup is perfect for today’s Sunday Supper event. Our host, Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, asked the team to highlight soul warming dishes. Check out these wonderful recipes:

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How do you warm your soul? Is it with food, volunteering, or spending time with family and friends? I’ll make my turkey noodle soup and share it with family and friends. The whole thing warms my soul from cooking, eating, and seeing how much they enjoy the meal.

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Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup

  • 1 turkey carcass (bones from cooked turkey)*
  • 3 to 4 raw turkey necks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled & sliced into thick rings
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, top sliced off
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 3 quarts water
  • Chopped cooked turkey**
  • Egg noodles**

Place turkey carcass, necks, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, and water in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Make sure water covers all the ingredients. Bring just to a boil but do not let it get to a rolling boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer loosely covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Skim off any foam that forms on the surface.

Taste the stock and cook longer if a more concentrated flavor is desired.

Remove and discard turkey carcass and necks. Set a strainer in a very large bowl and pour remaining contents into the strainer. Discard cooked vegetables, herbs, and spices. Wipe out and clean the cooking pot. Skim off any clear fat on top of the stock by using a large spoon or with a gravy separator. Discard fat.

Return stock to the pot by pouring it through a strainer lined with a cheesecloth. Bring the stock back to a boil. Add the chopped turkey and noodles.**

Cook until noodles are done. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if needed. Serve hot.

Notes

*You can make the stock without the turkey carcass by using 1 or 2 more turkey necks.

**The amount of stock, chopped turkey, and noodles you use depends on the amount of soup you want to make. You can freeze a portion of the stock for later use.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry November 4, 2012 at 3:52 am

Turkey neck is quite the delicacy. I have yet to try it out but i’m thinking i will. Loving the ingredients, Renee! Simple yet flavourful! I would strain soup too. I have a thing about consistency. I enjoy a smooth soup – just like this! Happy Sunday Supper!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I strain it twice to get it nice and clear. Not allowing it to come to a hard boil helps also. I think it makes a difference.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 4, 2012 at 5:59 am

Homemade stock is just a great thing to have on hand. Kudos for making your own! this soup if perfect for cold weather and being under the weather too. Happy Sunday!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanks Paula! I love to make homemade stocks. They certainly are much better than store bought.

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veronica gantley November 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

You should have saved this one for turkey leftovers! Thats what I am bookmarking it for. Yum!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’ll be away and will not be able to participate in the Thanksgiving leftovers event. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to share it today so folks would have it before Thanksgiving.

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Family Foodie November 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

I love that you shared this recipe this month! I can’t wait to try it after Thanksgiving! I bet the brought is just amazing.

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Yes, the broth is rich and full of flavor. It really warms the soul. I hope you do make it after Thanksgiving.

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Patti November 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

Perfect for after the Holidays!

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Faye Leong November 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

Homemade stock is the best! Love the idea to freeze some of them for later use, great idea, thanks for sharing!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I always make sure I have enough to freeze for later. It is really handy when I don’t have the time to make a new batch.

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Ian Dixon November 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

Now this takes patience and makes for messy fingers too!
There will be plenty of Turkey left on the carcass that either comes off into the stock or needs a little encouragement.
My mother did this approach with the roast chicken from Sunday because it gave enough for Chicken Stew on Monday

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Yes, it does take a little patience to wait while it is simmering. Well worth it too.

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Momma's Meals November 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love love love turkey soup! I have to get over the fear of bones and make my own broth one of these days! Thanks for sharing.

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Fear of bones? Yes, you have to conquer that fear and make some stock for sure.

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Heather @girlichef November 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

Yum, yum, yum – pure soul-warming comfort food in my book! I need to make a batch of turkey stock here in the next week or so to have ready for turkey day!!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

It absolutely warms my soul. I have some of the stock in my freezer so I can use it for turkey day.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal November 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

Sounds like a great way to use up Thanksgiving turkey. I’m going to be making some turkey stock this week. Will have to keep in mind.

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Great idea to make turkey stock in advance of Thanksgiving. It would be great to cook with it for the feast.

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Katy November 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

You are so right, homemade stock is a wonderful thing. This dish sounds beautiful!

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Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen November 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

What a great after Thanksgiving recipe!!! Pinning!!!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks! Perfect use for the leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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Karen Hartzell November 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

Sign of a true soup cook…having a turkey carcass in the freezer. LOL I would eat up that bowl of warm noodles and turkey in a minute! YUM!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Yep, save the bones! Turkey, ham, chicken…they all make great stocks.

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Beate November 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Renee. My husband always wants to keep the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving and until now I just did not know how to use it :) Again, thank you!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

It is the best use of a turkey carcass. The bones make a wonderful rich stock.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina November 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I’ve been drooling over this since I saw your teaser photo! There’s nothing better than a simple noodle soup. Mmmmmm!

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Renee November 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Jen! I love a simple soup too, especially when it has a rich broth.

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Liz November 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Perfect elixir for when you’re ailing…feel better soon, Renee!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Mmmmm what a wonderful, warm, delicioussssss soup!

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Tara Noland November 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Yummy, nothing better than making a homemade soup with your turkey leftovers. I love that!! I whole process is soul warming!!

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Tara Noland November 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Typo in this one.

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Tara Noland November 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Yummy, nothing better than making a homemade soup with your turkey leftovers. I love that!! The whole process is soul warming!!

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Soni November 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oooh love the homemade stock with so much flavor going on.The soup must taste so delicious :) Bookmarking this one :)

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Alaiyo November 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Hey! I’m posting again because I’m not sure if my first post went through. I was saying how much I like the abundance of noodles and that my son would love this dish because he loves turkey.

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chattering kitchen November 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

The flavors are so bold when using freshly made stock. Sounds so delicious

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The Wimpy Vegetarian November 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

What a wonderful soup! and your photo is really lovely!

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Megan @IRun4Wine November 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I am sure you have heard this from every comment above, this is a perfect Thanksgiving leftover recipe. You can never have too many of those!

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Chris Baccus November 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Another great use for everyone’s upcoming leftover turkey.

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Sarah November 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

Simple and delicious… a perfect comfort food

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Sarah November 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I totally agree with you about making home made stock. I don’t think it’s too difficult to make. And it makes it that much better. Your turkey noodle soup should be on an ad for cold medicine or soup can. It looks so comforting.

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Susan November 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thank you for sharing this now! We all need a good turkey noodle soup recipe before Thanksgiving!

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Carla November 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh I think someone was playing with the aperture (or at least it looks like it on my phone haha). Great job! Now I want a bowl after being outside for work in the cold. Brr!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Oh yes, I’m playing with aperture, white balance, and more – thanks to you and your wonderful photography tutorials.

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Cindys Recipes November 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Simple, easy and delicious soup!

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Laura Hunter November 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

I think a lot of people forget about making stock from the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving. It is such a great way to get the most out of your bird and it is wonderful to have on hand for a variety of dishes, soup being one of them. Thanks for the great reminder.

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

So true that too many people throw away the turkey carcass. It is valuable for stocks and makes for the best flavor.

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