Mom’s Turkey Soup

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For stock:
1 Turkey carcass leftover from carving a whole turkey, including any leftover drippings or giblets (not the liver) if you have them
Water cold
1 Yellow onions medium to large, quartered or cut into thick wedges
1-2 Carrots roughly chopped, can include tops
1 Celery rib and some celery tops, roughly chopped
3 sprigs Parsley fresh
1 tsp Dried thyme or 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Bay leaf
5-10 Black peppercorns
1 tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
For soup:
1 to 2 tbsp Butter or turkey fat
1 to 1 ½ cups Carrots chopped
1 to 1 ½ cups Onion chopped
1 to 1 ½ cups Celery chopped
½ cup Bell pepper diced, any color
2 cloves Garlic minced
3-4 qts Homemade turkey stock you just made
2-4 tbsp Parsley fresh leaves, chopped
2 tsp Poultry Seasoning more to taste, or a mix of ground sage, thyme, and marjoram
Kosher Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground , to taste
1 cup Green peas frozen
4-8 oz Egg noodles
2-4 cups Leftover turkey meat chopped or shredded cooked, don't use any of the meat from making the stock

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Mom’s Turkey Soup


This easy Mom’s Turkey Soup recipe uses leftover turkey for the coziest and healthy soup the whole family will love. Simmering a pot of this flavorful soup is one of my favorite time-honored holiday traditions. It’s hearty, delicious, and has an amazing stock. A tip: Don’t toss the turkey skin. The turkey skin will add more depth to the flavor of the stock. Just skim off the fat from the stock with a large spoon.

With this recipe, you start by making your homemade stock. To a large pot, add the turkey carcass, neck, skin, bones, cut-up vegetables, as well as seasonings and fresh herbs. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, skimming off any foam, for about 4 hours. To keep the recipe simple and easy, make this stock the day before, chill it, then finish the soup the next day. This recipe makes 6 main-dish servings.

To make the Mom’s Turkey Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Mom’s Turkey Soup

Steps to make Mom’s Turkey Soup


Make stock


Remove the turkey meat from the carcass and save the meat for adding to the soup later. To a large pot, add the carcass, neck, skin, and bones and cover with cold water by an inch.


Add vegetables


Add 1 thickly sliced onion, 1-2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped celery stalk, 3 sprigs fresh parsley, 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme), 1 bay leaf, and some peppercorns.




Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add about 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, depending on the size of your turkey. Cook, skimming the foam occasionally with a slotted spoon, for at least 4 hours.




Remove the bones and vegetables from the pot. Strain the stock through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the bones and vegetables.


Make turkey soup: Sauté onions, carrots, celery, and bell pepper


In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat 1-2 tablespoons butter or turkey fat and add 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped carrots, 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped onions, 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped celery, and ½ cup diced bell pepper. Cook until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.


Add garlic


Add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.


Add stock


Add 3 to 4 quarts of the prepared turkey stock.


Add parsley and seasonings


Add 2 to 4 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves, 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning, and salt and black pepper to taste. Cook the soup until the vegetables are cooked through.


Add green peas


Add in 1 cup green peas and let simmer for 5 minutes.


Add egg noodles


Add 4 to 8 ounces noodles and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes.


Add turkey meat


Add the reserved turkey meat shredded into bite-sized pieces. Let warm through for 1 minute. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper if needed.



Serve hot and enjoy!

This Mom’s Turkey Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Hearty and satisfying, it makes for a perfect warming dinner. Did you make this recipe? Let us know! Please share a photo with us @cookmerecipes on Instagram, and don’t forget to leave a comment.

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Thanks for sharing recipe! I liked it. I also like to use spaghetti in my noodle soup.

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