Nov 22, 2011

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup



My favorite way to use up leftover turkey is to make a delicious pot of turkey soup. This is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator!

To make the best tasting soup, make your own stock, it's easy! Bones make a rich, flavorful stock; use the leftover turkey carcass along with any leftover turkey meat along with an onion, a few stalks of celery, some garlic, herbs, and anything else you find in your refrigerator and let it simmer on low covered with water for a few hours. Then toss out the bones and vegetables, reserve the turkey and start your soup. There are no exact measurements, use whatever is in your refrigerator, or of course you can use canned stock or broth instead.

And yes, you can do this with chicken too!

Some other ideas for leftover turkey, try Skinny Turkey Cuban Sandwich, or Baked Turkey Croquettes, delicious topped with leftover gravy!

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: about 1 3/4 cups • Old Points: 2 pt • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 131.2 • Fat: 0.4 g • Carbs: 25.3 • Fiber: 4.6 • Protein: 5.2 g • Sugar: 2.4
Sodium: 57.1 mg
(without salt based on homemade stock)


Ingredients:

  • 6 cups homemade turkey stock (or low sodium canned)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 oz uncooked Ronzoni Smart Taste egg noodles
  • 2 cups leftover shredded turkey (about 8 ounces)

Directions:

Fill a large saucepan with homemade turkey stock (or canned). Add bay leaf, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, salt and pepper to taste and simmer 10-15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add parsley, noodles and shredded turkey; cook according to noodle directions, about 5 minutes.

Discard bay leaf and serve.

47 comments :

  1. This was exactly what I was looking for!! Thank You!! :) LOVE your site

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  2. A suggestion if you make your own stock - after cooking and straining the broth, refrigerate it overnight and then skim the fat off the top to make a lower-fat stock. Yummy!

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    1. Just a quick question, since this will be my second year doing the turkey, you use all the water, "juice," from the turkey that's at the bottom of the pan to make the broth?

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    2. I typically use as suggested above, the turkey bone and bits attached. Add the carrot,celery and onion, cover with water and boil, then simmer. When done, remove everything and refrigerate. Pick the bones to use the meat and discard everything else. When you get ready to make the soup, add any vegetables you would like to use in the soup and any turkey. I would at this time add any strained juice from pan which has been loosened with a little water (deglaze).

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  3. Question: I make Hen Broth to use to prepare my Cornbread Dressing with, as it is much richer in flavor, etc... for that use. Do you know if Hen Broth in itself is higher in calories and/or points versus Chicken Broth? There is no added fat to it, I use 2 5 lb hens, carrots, onion, celery, tomatoes, and some salt and simmer for 3 hours. If I used it as a soup base I would definitely skim the fat off. How do you determine points for Chicken Broth/Stock vs Hen Broth/Stock vs Turkey Broth/Stock? Thanks Gina! This soup looks awesome!

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  4. Looks delicious! I will have to make this with all the leftover thanksgiving turkey!

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  5. Just as someone mentioned here, I always refrigerate my stock so I can remove all the fat. Then if I don't use it in soup, I freeze the extra to use in recipes.

    Beth, a hen vs chicken should be the same.

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  6. This looks like a GREAT way to use some leftover turkey. Thanks!!!

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  7. We make the same thing... we call it Turkey Bone soup.. cuz you gotta be careful or you might find a tiny turkey bone in it.. ;)

    We also make Turkey Chop Suey with leftover turkey. We always cook a giant one or two so we can have enough leftovers to make both. :D

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  8. Great idea! With my Husband and I and a 10lbs bird, were sure to have left overs!!

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  9. What a great idea for Thanksgiving leftovers. Sandwiches are good, but turkey soup sounds even better!

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  10. Just what I was looking for! Now I hope I have enough turkey leftovers to make it.
    Thanks!

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  11. Yummy Turkey soup!

    I wanted to be sure to stop by and say Happy Thanksgiving! So thankful to have met you here in blogland! Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  12. Gina your recipes are awesome !


    you can also substitute dreamfields pasta and lower the carb count. I serve it to my very italian family in they have no clue!

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  13. I'm so excited to try this!! I've always wanted a good recipe for this, and the low points sounds AWESOME after this week! I survive on your recipes...I will be using this one tonight!

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  14. What a perfect Saturday lunch! Thanks!

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  15. I made this last night Gina! Incredible! Thanks so much!

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  16. Hi Gina!!! This was the perfect way to use the rest of meat on the bone on my brined turkey breast and all those pesky leftover onions, celery, carrots and fresh parsley I had in fridge!!!! I am so lucky to have you as my Go-To!!! And thanks again for walking me through my first turkey endeavor- it came out excellent and so juicy- you really did help me stay calm too!!! Ok got to go now -SOUPS ON!!!!! Smells heavenly :)

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  17. Hi Gina, I have never ever posted on a blog before but have to let you know that I cooked your Turkey, lightened up stuffing, sweet potato brulee, and parmesan green beans for my In-Laws in Australia (for a belated Thanksgiving). It was amazing! Everyone loved the food. So good to know it wasn't blowing the calories out as well.

    Thank you so much for doing what you do. The combination of fresh ingredients and flavours along with the WeightWatchers points in inspiring. Please keep them coming!

    Thanks, Jamie

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  18. Hi Gina,

    Love your site! Just wondering about the calories/points for this recipe. I make a very similar soup and when I analyzed your recipe through the software I use, I came up with 235 calories, 6 g fat, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber and 30 g protein, which equates to 5 PointsPlus?

    Thanks,
    Martha

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    1. I was wondering the same thing- I got the same info as you....much different number than what is listed

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  19. This looks delish! I was wondering, do you put the uncooked noodles in the soup and let them cook in the broth or cook the noodles separately and add later?

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  20. This was fabulous, Gina! I had to come back and make sure everyone knows this is a wonderful low-point soup option. It's pretty much the same as Panera Bread's chicken noodle soup, but a lot cheaper! :-) I will definitely be making this with shredded chicken in the future (even though I just love leftover turkey; I wish I had it around a lot more often). Thanks for a great lunch recipe for this week!

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  21. I'm not a huge chicken and noodle soup fan (unless I'm sick). But I needed something quick and easy to use my leftover turkey. I do what I always do and check your website and saw this recipe and decided why not? I have to admit this was wonderful!!! As Angela said just like Panera's chicken noodle soup. Extremelly filling! Thanks for the time you take to share your wonderful recipes. I have loved all that I have tried!!

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  22. @Angela I am thinking of trying this with the roasted turkey breast from my local grocery. I also love turkey and luckily they have not only the fresh roasted chickens but the fresh roasted turkey breasts as well. I love not having to wait for holiday time for turkey. And now I can also have turkey soup!

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  23. I made this with barley instead of the noodles and added cabbage for something extra...i love adding cabbage to soups. Love this recipe!

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  24. This was delicious! I used your directions to make stock the other day, so I was excited to make the soup to go with it. I did tweak just a little bit - I added an additional 2 c stock, a 15 ounce can of corn, drained, (because that's what my mom does), and an additional ounce of noodles. It served 3, with about a quart leftover, so I don't think I changed the point value much. I'll make this next time my son is sick - chicken noodle is his favorite comfort food. Thanks!

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  25. i made this for dinner tonight using the last of a turkey breast i had cooked in the crockpot. this was wonderful. we had it for dinner tonight. it was perfect as it is freezing out here in buffalo ny

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  26. had this for dinner tonight.it was quick easy and tasty! thank you for another great recipe. i wish i had more turkey so i could make another batch! :)

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  27. Throw a sweet potato in the stock (whole not cut up) while cooking, it sucks up all the fat, no skimming required. Throw the sweet potato away before eating! Works for chicken noodle as well...

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  28. I stumbled upon this site when I was looking for a cream of broccoli soup. Be still my heart! I tried the "Chicken Parmesan." It was fabulous! I picked up ingredients to make "Baked Potato Soup." I shared this site with my WW friends.

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  29. My family love this and Turkey Chili Taco Soup . We have soup and game night every year and both soup were a success...... will make again !!!!!!! Thank you

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  30. Made this for my family with the Easter leftovers.. it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe, first time I have ever made soup.

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  31. I made this recently when I was sick. It was delicious, easy, and hit the spot when I wasn't feeling well. I substituted leftover chicken for turkey. Thanks for the recipe!

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  32. This turned out so so very good, I used 4 oz of whole wheat noodles because that is what I had so I am just going to give it 4 PP. The whole house smells so good and I have lunch all week and believe me this is a soup kinda week...

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  33. Just the recipe I was looking for! It's soup season...and I have loads of turkey leftovers.

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  34. Hi Gina. Just wondering if this freezes well? Thanks for all your hard work. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Renaye

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    1. I made 3 batches of this soup after Thanksgiving (it was so good after the first that I decided to forgo the turkey sandwiches and use ALL leftover Turkey in this soup). I froze in 16oz plastic Ball freezer jars. I'm now dwindling down to my last 2 containers and I'm sad. It freezes wonderfully!

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  36. Hi Gina - would using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and ff low sod chicken broth change the total WW+ pts?

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  37. just made this for dinner and oh my it was perfect, great recipe!

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  38. Skinnytaste strikes again! Another keeper :) I always thought that "real" soup probably involved a big meat bone in a pot that stewed for hours on the stove. I was skeptical of this recipe since it doesn't meet that criteria. But lo and behold--soup's on!! This was tasty and such a winter weather comfort! I omitted celery and substituted what I had on hand (cabbage, broccoli, crimini mushroom slices, scallions). Meatwise I added some diced leftover holiday ham (for salt) with the turkey. I used boxed broth but added some homemade frozen stock cubes. Spicewise I added cayenne pepper, garlic + onion powder, and 1 tbsp. dried parsley. From this recipe I learned that good homemade soup doesn't have to labor on the stove all day long for it to be "real" or real good!

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  39. Also, wanted to add to my post that instead of egg noodles I just used about a cup of elbow macaroni. And that I had fresh corn on the cob so I cut the kernels off 1 cob to put in the soup and I loved the crunch it added to the soup. They did not get soft or mushy like the canned stuff probably would.

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  40. I made this with chicken stock and leftover rotisserie chicken. DELISH!

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  41. Made this for dinner and used rotini. It was fabulous!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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