Rating: 4.39 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

A hearty turkey noodle soup made from leftovers. If you are short on turkey meat, add more veggies!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine chicken broth, turkey carcass, onion quarters, carrot halves, celery halves, and bay leaves in a slow cooker.

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  • Cook on High for 4 hours. Carefully strain broth, discard solids, and transfer broth to a bowl. Rinse slow cooker.

  • Pour broth back into slow cooker; add chopped carrots, chopped celery, and chopped onion.

  • Cook on Low for 3 hours. Add penne pasta to slow cooker; cook for 2 1/2 more hours.

  • Mix turkey meat and cream of mushroom soup into soup and cook for 30 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

This recipe can be adapted to the stove top for a shorter cook time (saute veggies before adding them to the broth).

Although I prefer the onion and celery minced, the carrots and turkey meat should be cut into larger bite-sized pieces.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the carcass and vegetables in the broth. The actual amount of these ingredients consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

1877 calories; protein 92.5g; carbohydrates 54.5g; fat 140.8g; cholesterol 426.3mg; sodium 1541.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2015
For some reason when I reduced the servings to 5 it doubled the penne pasta!!!!!!! Unfortunately although I knew it seemed too much I put it in. However the taste was fantastic like a turkey pot pie. I will make again with the right amount of pasta. Read More
(7)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2013
I thought this was a little bland. I added chopped fresh parsley and chicken seasoning for a quick fix. Overall easy to make. Read More
(9)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2013
I thought this was a little bland. I added chopped fresh parsley and chicken seasoning for a quick fix. Overall easy to make. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2015
For some reason when I reduced the servings to 5 it doubled the penne pasta!!!!!!! Unfortunately although I knew it seemed too much I put it in. However the taste was fantastic like a turkey pot pie. I will make again with the right amount of pasta. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2015
I really liked this. I made it stovetop so I sauteed the veggies in butter before adding. Also added a little more seasoning. Will try again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2016
Overall this soup was pretty tasty. I would not cook the noodles with the broth in the crockpot next time though- they soaked up a lot of the broth and became mushy. I would definitely cook them separately next time. Also I added poultry seasoning to the chopped chicken and when finished added Locatelli parmesan to the top of each serving which seemed to be just the extra flavor that was needed (a little bland otherwise). It was really good- even my picky teenager had 2 bowls! Will be making again. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2018
This is my go-to basic soup recipe for using leftover turkey or chicken and whatever vegetables I have on hand. I always add a few whole peppercorns to my soups too. Corn and peas and cut up green beans work well along with the carrots or in place of them. Sometimes I use pasta or else rice or potatoes depending on what I have on hand. This recipe is very versatile and you can get creative by adding garlic seasoning and a bit of red pepper flakes for a little kick. A chicken buillon cube can be added too. I make quite a few batches of soup during the cold months and none of them ever turn out the same but all have been excellent! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2016
I thought that this recipe was pretty versatile. I followed the recipe pretty closely but improvised on some ingredients (like the Basil and pasta noodles) and it came out very good. Very hearty delicious and pretty easy to make. I will certainly make this again when I have left-over Turkey (or Chicken). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2014
It is a great idea. Trying this now. Will see how it turns out. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2019
Great recipe except...... Cook the noodles separately and ladle soup over them for individual servings. As a previous reviewer commented the pasta/ noodles will be gummy mush if left in the pot for more than 15 minutes. Also I recommend placing the (previously cooked) meat chunks in the slow cooker about 1/2 hour prior to serving - they'll stay intact and not shred as much but still have time to get hot. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2017
I made it with the optional cream of mushroom soup. The soup came out creamy and delicious! However next time I might try cook the cream of mushroom soup additional 15 minutes longer. Read More