Leftover Makeover: Simple Turkey Noodle Soup

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Simple Turkey Noodle Soup


Leftover Makeover: Simple Turkey Noodle Soup

When it comes down to it, I make a huge turkey just so I can have things like Simple Turkey Soup.  Easily made in a slow cooker, it’s fantastic for the days you get up early to shop for the holidays, or put up decorations.  If you want a faster version, it also works in a stockpot on the stove.  It’s so versatile, and so delicious.  You can add your favorite veggies, or leftovers from Thanksgiving if you like.  The possibilities are endless.  I’ve even added some leftover stuffing as a thickener.  It was surprisingly good, and the stuffing melted into the broth well.

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The Necessaries for Simple Turkey Noodle Soup

Of course, you need leftover turkey for Simple Turkey Noodle Soup.  I use every part of the turkey I can, pulling meat off the bones, separating out any tendons, fat, or skin, then I chop it up so it’s bite sized.  It’s a perfect start.  Onions, carrots, and celery are always in my mix, as well as garlic.  I love to add leftovers such as roasted root vegetables, parsnips, and even Brussels sprouts when my Simple Turkey Noodle Soup is simmering.  And of course, the noodles play a big part.  You can use any type of noodle you like, but I prefer a medium egg noodle.  Sometimes you can find Amish egg noodles, depending on where you live.  They are a great option too.  Use your imagination and create a Simple Turkey Noodle Soup your family will love!

Leftover Makeover: Simple Turkey Noodle Soup

Leftover Makeover: Simple Turkey Noodle Soup


  • 3 C leftover turkey, chopped bite sized
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ bag egg noodles
  • broth or water


  1. Place the turkey, celery, carrots, onions, garlic and water or broth into a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and set to low for 5-6 hours.
  3. Add the noodles, cover and set to high for 30 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  4. Serve hot.

Simple Turkey Noodle Soup for Now and Later

While I’m making up my favorite Simple Turkey Noodle Soup, I typically make a double batch.  Not because I’m going to eat all of it at once, but because before you add the noodles, you can freeze the soup for later.  It’s a great starter for soup, but also for things like turkey pot pie or shepherd’s pie.  Just place your Simple Turkey Noodle Soup in a freezer container once it’s cooled, label the container with the contents and date, and freeze.  It’s as simple as that!  When you want some Simple Turkey Noodle Soup, thaw, heat, and add noodles.  It’s a great meal on nights you don’t have time to cook, or if you have a cold and need something easy on your stomach.  Plan ahead and make a big turkey so you can have leftover makeovers such as Simple Turkey Noodle Soup!

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