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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

328 calories; protein 28.6g; carbohydrates 34g; fat 7.9g; cholesterol 94.5mg; sodium 1003mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2013
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2018
I think the garlic ruined it for our family. We really did not like this recipe. Read More
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014
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 family went crazy for it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2014
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 definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2018
Excellent recipe. No changes except I used whole wheat noodles and less salt! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2015
Fantastic recipe! I did have to substitute a few things but the results were fantastic. I also doubled the recipe so now have many smaller containers in the freezer for future lunches/dinners. Subs: Did not have summer savory so used oregano. Did not have regular chipotle powder so used McCormick Chipotle & Roasted Garlic grill blend. Did not have sherry so used dry white wine I simmered the turkey carcass all night so had decent stock but I also added some Kitchen Stock and water. I definitely agree with the earlier poster about sauteing the veg's in butter and then simmer in broth/stock. The tip from me: if you can find them use noodles from essenhaus.com. My local small grocer carries them (for their soup) and they are best egg noodles I've ever eaten. Thanks Tonya for sharing this wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2016
This soup was delicious!! Made the soup exactly as directed. Next time I will cut down on the amount of noodles. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2020
It was absolutely delicious. However, i felt as though there was hardly any stock in comparison to the noodles. I added an additional 32 oz of chicken stock to make it 64 oz., as well as additional herbs/salt to taste. It was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2015
Great soup. Used spices I had on hand. It was hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2014
Very yummy! Love the mix of herbs and veggies. Makes house smell divine! Will use recipe again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2018
I think the garlic ruined it for our family. We really did not like this recipe. Read More
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