I make this leftover turkey noodle soup recipe every year and almost never have to go shopping for ingredients! I just use whatever is left from Thanksgiving; for me, that included celery, carrots, onion, frozen peas, frozen corn, and leftover turkey. I also made the turkey stock from scratch using the carcass and bones of my Thanksgiving turkey.
This is basically like chicken noodle soup and it’s a no-brainer to make. You can use almost any fresh veggies or herbs, and season it how you want. I mostly just used Spicy Dan-O’s Seasoning in mine, which gave it a little kick and a great blend of herbs, citrus, garlic, salt, and onion. It’s really good every time!
So yes, always save the leftover bones and body of your turkey. What you’ll want to do with it, is clean off any good meat that you might plan to use in your soup. Add the bones, skin, leftover drippings, and meat you don’t plan to eat to a pot and cover to the top with water. Add some fresh veggies and herbs, and some Dan-O’s Seasoning, and let it cook for a few hours.
I do not spend a ton of time letting my stock reduce because ain’t nobody got time for that. I must also say, I DID not have the noodles I wanted for my soup this time. I usually use egg noodles, but again I wanted to make a point to avoid a trip to the store, so rotini worked just fine. But, if you’re going to the store for this… get some egg noodles and bay leaves.
So, there you have it! If you’re tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, turn them into soup! And don’t let anything go to waste. Give your leftovers a fresh lease on life. Enjoy!