This is a yummy variation of that traditional use of the leftover turkey. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com.

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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 turkey carcass, water, 1 cup celery, 2 carrots, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, thyme, bouillon, and bay leaf in large 4 quart stockpot. Bring to boiling. Lower heat, and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Strain stock, and discard solids. Skim off fat using ladle or fat separator. Pick meat off bones when cooled. Reserve meat.

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  • Combine 6 tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup milk in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to combine. Pour stock into pot. Bring to simmering. Strain flour mixture through sieve into stock, stirring.

  • Slice remaining 3 carrots. Add rutabaga, ground pepper, remaining 1/2 cup celery, and sliced carrots. Simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

  • While the soup is simmering, prepare the dumplings. Combine parsley and bread in processor; whirl until medium size crumbs. Add 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt; process just until combined. Add 1/2 cup milk and butter; process using on-off pulses just until blended.

  • Drop mounded tablespoons of dumpling mixture into simmering soup. Place cover on pot. Cook for 12 minutes, or until dumplings are dry in center. Add turkey meat; cook 3 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

403.9 calories; 29.9 g protein; 32.2 g carbohydrates; 91.3 mg cholesterol; 1067 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2004
This soup is awesome! Pure comfort food. I made this using the Thanksgiving turkey carcass. I pressed a few (4 or 5) large cloves of garlic while making the broth. I omitted the rutabega added 5 small potatoes added some fresh basil I had on hand for another recipe and added a bit of salt. The flour/milk mixture makes a nice creamy broth. I do not have a food processor therefore I used another recipe I had for the dumplings. Will definately be making this recipe again and again! Thanks Christine... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2010
Followed directions minus dumplings. Sad to say that this was not flavorful at all (after hours of work) and the flavor it had was dominated by thyme. Read More
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159 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2004
This soup is awesome! Pure comfort food. I made this using the Thanksgiving turkey carcass. I pressed a few (4 or 5) large cloves of garlic while making the broth. I omitted the rutabega added 5 small potatoes added some fresh basil I had on hand for another recipe and added a bit of salt. The flour/milk mixture makes a nice creamy broth. I do not have a food processor therefore I used another recipe I had for the dumplings. Will definately be making this recipe again and again! Thanks Christine... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
Great recipe. Family loved it. For the dumplings I "cheated" and cut refrigerated biscuits dough in small pices and just dropped them in the broth. Turned out great!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2003
I had to cook the soup for quite a bit longer than the recipie recommended to get the dumplings cooked. After this the soup and the dumplings were quite good. I also found that after allowing the mixture to thicken in the refrigerator overnight it made a most delicious stew for dinner the next evening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2005
I have made this several times and I think it is delicious --the dumplings are great. I've tried it with and without the rutabaga and now believe it does not matter whether it is there. Fresh parsley is a must. The salt for the broth needs to be reduced -- start by reducing it to half of what the recipe calls for and add according to your taste. I frequently add fresh or canned corn garlic. I also like to add small noodles about 10 minutes before it is done and frozen peas a minute or two before serving. This soup is comfort food no doubt about it. If you are worried it might be to bland for you I'd 1 1/2 x the onion for extra flavor...I have made this several times sometimes using chicken instead of turkey. It is very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2006
Great soup for leftover turkey. I didn't make the dumplings and omitted the rutabaga (whatever that is??) I used more bouillon probably 6 cubes or so. Came out really great!!Freezes great too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Incredibly delicious soup Christine! I cheated and made the dumplings with Bisquik and added a few more seasonings. Perfect dinner on this windy and very rainy night. Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Yum. My darling husband (some like to refer to him as "Mr. Clean" because he's so tidy) was being helpful by cleaning up and threw out the turkey carcus. I did however cut the recipe in 1/2 & used the leg & wings that were left and it turned out fine. I ran out of time so I didn't get to add the dumplings but I did add the parsley along with some Barilla Pipette pasta (somewhat like a macaroni noodle a "new shape"). Very tasty Thanks Christine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2006
This was easy and delicious! My husband who is not a turkey soup fan loved this dish. The soup was thicker than a broth and full of vegetables and meat. The dumplings turned out perfectly tender and puffy. The trick to perfect dumplings is to NOT lift the lid on the simmering dumplings once cooking starts. This one is a keeper for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2005
I have made this recipe for several years on the day after Thanksgiving. The only variation I have made is by substituting the rutabagas with potatoes. My family always looks forward to this soup and I highly recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2010
Followed directions minus dumplings. Sad to say that this was not flavorful at all (after hours of work) and the flavor it had was dominated by thyme. Read More
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