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No-Fuss Turkey Noodle Soup

Rated as 4.95 out of 5 Stars

"Make good use of your leftover dark meat without the fuss of boiling the carcass. Simply pick through the carcass before you toss the bird and save the meat for a quick next-day soup. Serve with warm bread for a great hot meal on a cold winter day. I substitute fresh herbs wherever possible, but for a quick meal after the intense preparation of a whole turkey, dried herbs do nicely. If you don't have chipotle chili powder, regular chili powder can be substituted. The chipotle provides a very light smoky flavor in the background. White meat can be used, but your broth will be less flavorful. Leftovers freeze well. Use whatever type pasta you prefer."
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1 h 5 m servings 328
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Combine chicken stock, summer savory, basil, thyme, chipotle powder, salt, black pepper. parsley, and sherry in a stock pot; bring to a boil. Add carrots, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until carrots are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet. Cook and stir celery, onion, and garlic in hot butter until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes; stir into stock mixture. Add turkey, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until turkey is hot and has flavored the soup, about 30 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes; drain and add to soup. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 328 calories; 7.9 34 28.6 94 1003 Full nutrition

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Very good. Somehow I misjudged the calculations for larger portions, but I rescued it. I added rosemary to the homemde noodles I made and that was excellent.

I did actually boil the carcass, and served it with dumplings, but what I liked about this recipe was the chipotle and the sherry. Thought the addition of those kicked it up a notch and my famil...

Very good flavor and use of leftover smoked turkey. Don't skip the sautéing of the onion and celery. That really mellows the flavor so that the herbs added still shine through. Will definitel...

Great soup. Used spices I had on hand. It was hit.

I added twice the amount of noodles. I was very pleased with the flavor, I did not use as much salt as it called for. I got a lot of compliments on it!

Excellent recipe. No changes except I used whole wheat noodles and less salt!

The most delicious soup!! My husband says it’s the best soup he’s ever had. (I make a lot of soup!) it is so full of flavor.

What a great way to finish off Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. The soup seasoning are perfect. Will substitute chicken the rest of the winter. So good!!!!

Made this but added potatoes and used some fresh fettuccine pasta I made. Subbed the sherry for white wine which I had on hand and used turkey stock. I also didn't have the chipotle pepper so I ...