If you froze your turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and aren't quite sure what to do with it, this is your method for soup. While it looks like a recipe, it's merely a method and you must yourself judge which ingredients you have or want to add; it's all about flexible. Note the options of using your leftover vegetables, gravy, stock, or just adding all purchased low-sodium chicken stock and so on. In about an hour an a half, you'll have just about the best turkey noodle soup you ever ate. If you are skipping noodles this week, leave them out and, instead, add extra fresh or frozen vegetables.
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Turkey Noodle Soup from Thanksgiving Leftovers
This soup is made in two stages: one to create a quick stock and the other to make the soup.
Stage 1: Making Stock
- 1 turkey carcass
- Any extra bits of turkey meat, gristle, skin, etc. you have left that you're not eating
- 1 large onion, skin left on, cut in half (wash well before using)
- 2 carrots, unpeeled and uncut
- 2 stalks celery with leaves, cut in half (add the end of the celery, too, if you have it)
- 1 bay leaf
- Handful of parsley (no need to chop)
- 1T whole peppercorns
- 2t kosher salt
Place all of the above ingredients into your largest stock pot. If you have a big 20 quart shrimp pot, use that. If not, simply use your largest pot. Pour in enough water to cover the carcass and vegetables and place on stove over high heat. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a medium boil, and let cook an hour or so. Add more water if necessary to keep all of the ingredients fairly-well covered. Strain all of the stock and ingredients through a sieve or colandar and discard solids. You may fish out the vegetables and puree them for the soup if you like. Be careful to make sure all of the peppercorns are out of the stock. You now have the basis for your soup.
Stage 2: Making the Soup
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 4 whole cloves garlic, minced
- 6 large carrots, peeled, and cut into 1" pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 T each chopped fresh thyme and sage (or sub 1t each dried)
- Leftover Thanksgiving vegetables as they are or pureed (or 2-3 cups frozen or fresh vegetables)
- Leftover Thanksgiving gravy (optional)
- Leftover Thanksgiving turkey stock (optional--can use more chicken stock instead)
- 2 cups (more or less) shredded leftover turkey, light or dark meat
- 2-4 qts low-sodium chicken stock (depending on how much turkey stock you have)
- 1 24 oz package frozen fresh noodles
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- Kosher salt, pepper to taste
- Hot sauce, to taste
To the stockpot of newly made stock, add all of the above except the last four items (noodles - hot sauce.) You must use your own judgment about how much liquid to add depending on the amount of vegetables and stock you have leftover, as well as how large your stockpot is. You may add water, as well, if you haven't enough stock. All of the vegetables should have lots of room to float freely and there should be lots and lots of broth. The broth will reduce (cook down), but you'll still need plenty later to cook the noodles. (Think about cooking pasta.) Bring everything to a boil and lower heat to a good simmer. Cook until the fresh vegetables are beginning to soften, stirring regularly. Add the frozen noodles and cook in the broth as directed on the package--about 20 minutes. Throw in the peas for the last few minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt, pepper and hot sauce, if desired. A few drops of hot sauce will deepen the soup without heating it up, but be careful you don't over do it. Total cooking time for this second stage should be 30-40 minutes.
Serve hot. Refrigerate all leftovers for just a day or so. For further storage, freeze for up to 6 months at 0 degrees F.
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