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Soulful Turkey Noodle Soup, thanks to Thanksgiving leftovers!

December 1, 2009 by  

Soulful Turkey Noodle Soup, thanks to Thanksgiving Leftovers !

From the Kitchen of: Kat & Dave Fotheringham
America’s Hottest Culinary Couple

To Start:

Left-over cooked carcass from a turkey or chicken** — (typically anywhere from a 9 lbs. to 20 lbs. bird)

5 qts. water (20 cups)

2 stalks of chopped celery, including leaves if desired

1 bag of frozen chopped onion (or 2 c. chopped onion)

7 chicken bouillon cubes

1 1/2 tbsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 bay leaf


1/4 c. butter

1/2 c. fresh chopped parsley

1 c. frozen peas

2 c. sliced carrots (you can just purchase the pre-sliced fresh or frozen)


12 ounces fine egg noodles (for Turkey “Noodle” Soup), OR 1 container (16.3 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough (for Turkey “Dumpling” Soup)

Cubed Turkey/Chicken that is left over

4 heaping TBL. of minced garlic (or 4 garlic cloves)

(May add more salt / pepper to taste)


In large pot (8 quart) or Dutch oven, place turkey carcass, water, celery, celery leaves, onion, bouillon cubes, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Heat to boiling – then lower heat; cover and simmer 1 hour. Remove carcass and let cool.

Add butter, parsley, peas, carrots, and garlic to soup. Heat to boiling – then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.

Remove meat from carcass and return pieces to soup. Discard bones. Heat soup to boiling.

Your starch:

If you’re adding noodles, add them now and cook uncovered 10 minutes.

If you’re going to add the refrigerated biscuit dough (to serve as dumplings, instead of the pasta as the starch), lightly dust a cutting board. Roll out the dough into rectangle, and cut into long strips. Drop one by one into simmering soup. Allow to cook for 10 minutes.



If you don’t have a carcass of Turkey left over, you may omit it altogether. However, you will not be able to mimic the flavor the bones provide. If it’s not Thanksgiving season and you don’t typically purchase a Turkey, another option is to buy a whole Chicken (pre-cooked rotisserie, or frozen). Just cut off as much cooked meat as you can, and use the Chicken carcass in lieu of the Turkey. Also substitute cubed Chicken in the recipe, for Turkey.

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