Every Thanksgiving, I make a huge meal even when it’s just the four of us. We don’t eat turkey very often, but it’s a staple at Thanksgiving. When the time is right, I head to the store and get a turkey to cook. Of course it’s always way more turkey than we can eat. I always freeze some to enjoy other times of the year. Adding it to pot pie is a great way to use the leftovers up too. Making a pot of homemade turkey soup is another great way to use up those leftovers.
What do I need to make homemade turkey soup?
Some leftover turkey, noodles, and a few other ingredients. If something on the list of ingredients isn’t a favorite for your family, skip it. That’s the joy of making something like soup. You can add in or take out things that you love (or don’t love) and adjust it to your preferences. Love noodles? Add some extra in there. Don’t care for corn? Skip it! Here’s the ingredient list for the homemade turkey soup:
• Turkey Carcass
• Left Over Turkey Meat
• 15oz Can Corn
• 15oz Can Potatoes
• 15oz Can Carrots
• 8oz Egg Noodles
• 1 Tablespoon Salt
• 1 Teaspoon Pepper
• 3-4 Quarts Water
When you’re cleaning up after your turkey dinner, clean off the turkey carcass. Save the meat that you’ll be using for the soup. If you’ve got additional meat left over, package it up to eat later or freeze. Be sure to save the drippings from cooking your turkey too. That will add some extra flavor to your soup. If you kept the neck or giblets, you can save those to use when making your homemade turkey soup.
In a pot big enough to hold your turkey carcass, add water until the carcass is fully covered with water. Add salt and pepper to the water and bring it to a boil.
After the water is boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer for about five hours. Make sure to check on it every now and then to make sure more water doesn’t need to be added. If you can see bones sticking up out of the water, add more water and let it keep simmering.
Once time’s up, strain the stock into another pot using a strainer to catch any bones or pieces. Once the strained stock is in a new pot, add in your turkey meat, corn, potatoes, and carrots. Time to bring everything back to a boil again and simmer for about 45 minutes.
The final step to making this turkey soup is to add the egg noodles. Dump them in and turn the heat up to medium to let them cook. After about 10 – 12 minutes, the noodles should be cooked and you’re ready to enjoy your homemade turkey soup.