Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

Today and tomorrow, I will have some recipes for you to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.  One of the best things for me about thanksgiving is the leftovers!  One way that I love to use up my leftovers is in a turkey noodle soup.  This recipe is a Real Mom Kitchen original by moi!  This recipe is made using the turkey carcass.  However, you could easily substitute the broth portion of the recipe with canned  broth or bouillon.

I like my soup to have plenty of noddles.  I also like to use Grandma’s Fresh Frozen Homemade Style Wide Egg Noodles.  These noddles are thick and yummy since it’s fresh pasta that has been frozen.  It really adds to the homemade flavor of the soup.  However, I don’t always use them and regular dry pasta works great too.

Here are some other yummy soup recipe to use up your leftover turkey.  On the chicken recipes, just substitute the chicken with turkey.  If the recipe calls for cooking the chicken,  just add the cooked turkey at the end of the cooking process.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup


  • 1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
  • 9 cups water
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 8 baby carrots or 1 carrot cut in half
  • 1 whole stalk celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. of chicken or turkey Better Than Bouillon or 2 chicken bouillon cubes

For the soup:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and minced or equal amount baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg, Grandma’s Fresh Frozen Homemade Style wide egg noodles or 8 oz. of uncooked pasta
  • 2 cups shredded or cubed turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley, optional

1.  To make the  broth: Place all ingredients in a large stock pot except for bouillon.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove turkey carcass from pot and discard.  Strain both with a colander into another stock pot.  Discard remains in colander.  Mix in bouillon into broth until dissolved.

2.  Make the Soup: In stock pot the broth cooked in, melt butter.  Add minced onion, carrot, and celery.  Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.

3.  Add onion mixture to stock pot and bring to a boil.  Thaw noodles according to pkg directions.  Add pasta and boil for time required on package. Add turkey and simmer for a couple minutes just to warm turkey.  Ladle into bowls and top each serving with a little fresh parsley if desired.

If any soup is left over, it will thicking up after refrigeration.  Just add a little water when reheating to thin it back down.

22 comments on “Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Noodle Soup

  • I made this today with turkey carcass left over from Christmas. it was SO yummy. I had to make some substitutions and additions, but it worked out well. I added crushed garlic in the broth phase, and just used mixed herbs, chicken salt and pepper, as we had no bay leaves. Also had no boullion cubes, so used the seasoning sachet from 2 minute noodles (like Ramen noodles) instead. Then used the noodles (2 packets) in the soup. For the soup, I used the turkey that came off the carcass, rather than other meat, and it was plenty. I added a little bacon with the onion to supplement. So much goodness – thank you!

  • This is the perfect day after Thanksgiving meal!!

  • This soup was so yummy. It was a huge hit with the whole family. It was my first time making a soup from the turkey carcass and I am surprised (and pleased) at how easy it was. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I made this soup last night and it was a hit! I had homemade stock that I had made with the turkey carcass and some homemade noodles, leftover cooked carrots from Thanksgiving so I threw it all in. Delicious! Thanks for sharing. So simple and so tasty.

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  • Fantastic recipe. Next year I will be making it again but I will be doubling the recipe. So comforting!

  • Use same amount of broth as water to make the broth and leave the bouillon out.

  • Looks really yummy but what if I want to make this sometime when I haven’t made turkey? How much broth would I use?

  • Your picture is amazing and that soup looks DELECTABLE! I don’t usually go the length, but the flavor of home made broth is soooo wonderful.

  • This looks great. My mom who lives in Idaho makes a really good chicken noodle soup with these same noodles. I love them, but unfortunately I can not get them here in Virginia!

  • Mmmmm…that looks delicious on this cold, snowy day!

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