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Turkey Noodle Soup for #SundaySupper

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
5 from 1 vote

Turkey Noodle Soup

A recipe for turkey noodle soup with homemade turkey stock, chopped turkey, and noodles.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Author Renee


  • 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**


  1. 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.
  2. Taste the stock and cook longer if a more concentrated flavor is desired.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.**
  5. Cook until noodles are done. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if needed. Serve hot.

Recipe 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.

Recipe Rating

Laura Hunter

Thursday 8th of November 2012

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.


Thursday 8th of November 2012

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

Cindys Recipes

Wednesday 7th of November 2012

Simple, easy and delicious soup!


Wednesday 7th of November 2012

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!


Thursday 8th of November 2012

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


Monday 5th of November 2012

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


Monday 5th of November 2012

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.