Old-Fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

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Make the most of leftover turkey with this down-home soup. Creating a broth by roasting the turkey, garlic and vegetables adds richness and depth to the flavor without the need for additional fats. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 3-1/2 hours + chilling Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 3-1/2 hours + chilling Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • BROTH:
  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12- to 14-pound turkey)
  • 2 cooked turkey wings, meat removed
  • 2 cooked turkey drumsticks, meat removed
  • 1 turkey neck bone
  • 1 medium unpeeled onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 small unpeeled carrots, cut into chunks
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 quarts plus 1 cup cold water, divided
  • SOUP:
  • 3 quarts water
  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup equals 188 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  1. Place the turkey carcass, bones from wings and drumsticks, neck bone, onion, carrots and garlic in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 1 hour, turning once.
  2. Transfer the carcass, bones and vegetables to an 8-qt. stockpot. Add 4 qts. cold water; set aside. Pour remaining cold water into baking pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Add to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4 hours.
  3. Cool slightly. Strain broth; discard bones and vegetables. Set stockpot in an ice-water bath until broth cools, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Skim fat from broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, bring 3 qts. water to a boil. Add noodles and carrots; cook for 4 minutes. Add celery; cook 5-7 minutes longer or until noodles and vegetables are tender. Drain; add to simmering broth. Add cubed turkey; heat through. Stir in the parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Yield: 10 servings (about 4 quarts).
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup in Light & Tasty October 2005, p28

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Great basic recipe that guided me in making the best turkey noodle soup ever. I didn't roast the turkey, but made the broth using the carcass and leftover turkey from a double turkey breast that I smoked for Christmas. I put the broth, turkey and spices in a crockpot on high until bubbly, then added the veggies (including the onion and garlic) and cooked until tender. Instead of noodles, I made cheese & spinach tortellini (the Bertolli dry ones) and put some in each bowl and ladled the soup on top. Yum! The thyme really makes this recipe delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"I agree with everyone else. The roasting filled the house with a delicious aroma! However, remove all skin and fat before adding to the stockpot, and I had to cut the carcass in two to make it fit. I also sauteed the diced carrots and celery in butter with 1 teaspoon sugar for further flavor, and added about 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet just to give it a more appetizing color. This will be my go-to recipe for using up a turkey carcass."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"Great recipe. Great way to use the turkey carcass. I added a spoonful of butter to keep the noodles from sticking together & then added a packet of turkey gravy to thicken the broth. Made enough servings to freeze some & give some away. Definitely a keeper recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"Fabulous! Roasting definitely pumps the flavor up! I do noodles on the side (with a bit of margarine to flavor after draining, also keeps from sticking together) since I like a lot and husband likes a little and noodles act like sponges. I add green beans or corn too."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I used an organic turkey and did not put in the oven as I found the recipe after I had simmered it on the stove. Best soup I ever made after Thanksgiving!"

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