Homemade turkey soup from scratch. Full of good for you turkey and vegetables simmered with your favorite noodles, smoky turmeric and cumin until done. This filling and flavorful soup is a great way to get the most out of your turkey carcass and leftover vegetables.
I hosted Thanksgiving this year for our family. I brined and roasted a turkey for the first time ever and it was excellent! I also had the honor of dealing with the leftover turkey carcass. There are always TONS of leftovers after our big family Thanksgiving meal. Lots of them can be used up this soup.
Making Homemade Turkey Soup from a Carcass:
Traditionally, in our family, the turkey carcass is stripped of meat and goes into the soup pot immediately after the meal is over. So it went this year. After the turkey I dumped baby carrots and celery from a veggie tray into the pot, and added the onions, peppers and celery that were in the turkey. The soup pot bubbled merrily in the background, filling the house with even more delicious food smells, as we visited with our company, ate too much dessert and watched the football game.
Later I cooled the soup, deboned the bird and added in the spices and noodles with enough water to cook them and still have a thick, filling turkey soup! The turmeric gives the soup a warm yellowish cast and hearty smoky flavor. Good for you and delicious too. What a great way to use up leftovers and feed the family!
Tired of turkey? No problem. This soup freezes well. Just leave out the noodles so they don’t get all mushy. When you defrost the soup add cooked noodles or simmer the soup on the stove a while and cook the noodles in the soup, so they absorb that great flavor! Alternately, leave out the noodles altogether. Add rice instead of noodles if you prefer or leave out the carbs! This soup is great with crackers and toasted cheese sandwiches or rolls; or a salad like Fall Garden Salad. A good make ahead dinner for busy, cold winter days.