Turkey Noodle Soup made with leftover turkey and veggies in a homemade turkey stock or chicken stock, full of thick egg noodles. Repurpose leftovers right!
Turkey noodle soup made from scratch brings the best memories back from your holiday meal. It is comfort food not just for the way it tastes and fills you up. It is comfort food that carries fond occasions and glad tidings ever onward.
Turkey Noodle Soup From Scratch
When you are done with a holiday meal like Thanksgiving, in a sense, the celebration has just begun. Because making a homemade turkey stock to turn into turkey noodle soup just keeps the party going.
A homemade turkey soup goes so far beyond what you get out of a can or box. It has less sodium, more turkey, sturdier noodles, no mushy veggies, and it just tastes delicious. Turkey noodle soup deserves to be this good.
The Key To Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup
Of course, everything begins and ends with great turkey stock. A turkey stock lays a solid foundation to build everything else upon. Making your own turkey requires little effort. It also makes you feel like you have made the most of your meal leftovers.
How Long To Boil Your Turkey Stock?
A turkey stock needs to boil long enough for the meat to fall off the bone. That can take as little as 45 minutes, but I typically simmer it twice that long.
There are restaurants in China that have continuously kept giant stockpots cooking for close to a century! If you do keep it boiling longer, just make sure to keep the temp on simmer and add liquids as needed.
There are advantages to a quick boil or a long simmer. If you want a clearer broth, then the quick boil method is best. But if you want a deeper and more complex flavor then let it simmer as many hours as you are able.
Getting Your Noodles Just Right
When the noodles are still “al dente” meaning they have a “little bite” to them then that is best. Therefore no need to cook the heck out of them on the way to serving. Cook the noodles separately and undercook them just a bit.
That way when you add them to the hot stock then they will finish cooking. Yet most importantly, they will not just be disintegrating when you serve the soup.
Turkey Meat For The Turkey Soup
The turkey carcass usually offers up quite a bit of meat for the soup. When you boil the carcass for the stock, much of it falls up and can easily be picked out. The rest falls off the bones easily.
In most cases, you will be surprised by how much soup meat this yields. However, if necessary, go ahead and use any leftover turkey meat carvings as well. The darker meat has more turkey flavor, but the white meat works great too.
Getting The Veggies Just Right Too
You take the vegetables that you boil the stock out. You might keep the meat, but you don’t need to keep those veggies. If you have a dog, then they will love them! You add fresh veggies to make the soup.
Just like the noodles getting slightly undercooked, if you parboil the carrots and celery first, then you can add them at the perfect doneness to the soup. You want some texture. Not too crunchy, and not mushy at all. That sweet spot in the middle is just right.
How Do I Store My Extra Turkey Noodle Soup?
The best way to store your soup is to just store up frozen blocks of stock. Use them to build the soup when you are ready for some homemade turkey noodle soup.
Why do it this way?
Well, you can freeze all the ingredients all together and serve just like that. However, thawing and reheating results in a soup more similar to canned soups. It will still taste great, it just won’t have the perfect balance of doneness and texture to the ingredients.
If you want to store blocks of soup stock, then I recommend getting some tall lidded plastic containers. That way you have enough stock when you are ready to go. Make sure not to fill them too tall. Leave some room because they expand upon freezing.
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What Can I Serve With Turkey Noodle Soup?
- Homemade Croutons, Made with Leftover Bread
- Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- No-Knead Crusty Dutch Oven Bread
- Cheesy Cornbread Drop Biscuits
- Loaded Spinach Salad with Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing
- The Very Best Banana Bread
This turkey noodle soup is plenty hearty all on its own, but if you like a little salad or some great bread to accompany your soup meal, the above recipes are sure to be ones you will enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this comforting recipe for Turkey Noodle Soup!
- Leftover Turkey
- Turkey Stock
- 4 stalks celery
- 2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- Salt and Pepper
- 12 ounces Egg Noodles, cooked
- Peel and slice carrots, chop celery and onion. Add to a soup pot and cover with turkey stock (or chicken stock can be used) boil until veggies are desired tenderness.
- Add leftover turkey.
- Add prepared noodles.
Of course, you can make as much or as little as you want, depending on how much of the ingredients you use.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 163mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g