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Old Man's Turkey Noodle Soup

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"My Dad cooks nothing, except for this soup -- old fashioned, simple, and delicious!"
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2 h 30 m servings 234
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine the turkey drumsticks and water in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir in onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, rosemary, and celery salt; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the turkey meat is very tender, about 2 hours. Remove the turkey drumsticks and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, strip the meat from the bones and tendons, chop the meat, and return to the soup.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Cook the egg noodles a boil until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain. Scoop noodles into soup bowls and fill the bowls with turkey soup.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 234 calories; 5.8 14.9 29.5 75 1093 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

been doing this for ages only I use the turkey carcass after Thenksgiving. Great way to use all the bird.

Most helpful critical review

Did not care for this at all. Followed recipe to a "T". Had a funny after taste and just didn't look appealing at all. I guess I'm just not a fan of dumping everything the pot and simmering it.

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been doing this for ages only I use the turkey carcass after Thenksgiving. Great way to use all the bird.

Oh. My. Goodness. Did everyone's "old man" make this after every Thanksgiving? Mine didn't but I learned from my father in law how to make this. He always boiled down the turkey carcass and used...

My family enjoys turkey noodle soup, but I rarely made it because I always made it with the turkey carcass. Now we can have turkey noodle soup anytime!!! This recipe was straightforward, eas...

Use fresh turkey drumsticks - they're cheap, come in an easy to handle pack of 2 or 3 and always available in our local market. Much better result and easier to handle than a leftover carcass w...

Seriously, this was the best turkey (I used chicken) soup recipe I've ever used. All of the spices were right on which is the most important thing in this recipe. I used chicken thighs and bre...

This is an excellent soup! I did use 1/2 tsp (maybe more) of black pepper because we are big fans, and also added about 1/2 a cup of heavy cream (I do this with nearly all my soups). It was fa...

Excellent soup. Just like my dad used to make. Did not have to change a thing.

Very good. Will be making again. Totally used recipe no changes.

A very easy and delicious recipie. It is even better the next day. I used rice the second day instead of noodles and I liked it better.