One of my favorite things about the holidays is all of the LEFTOVERS! I love, love, love eating leftovers. Maybe because the food taste better after its been refrigerated and heated up….who knows, I just love them! But I do love making soup with my leftover turkey. It’s one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving! Plus, the weather is getting colder and there is nothing better than hot soup on a cold night!
I can always remember my mom making homemade soup after Thanksgiving too and it was one of my favorite childhood memories (as far as food goes). So, I decided to carry on that tradition. So every year I make a HUGE pot of turkey soup. I make so much that I can freeze it and keep for when one of us comes down with the inevitable cold.
So make sure you save that turkey carcass from Thanksgiving or Christmas! You will be SUPER glad you did!
1 turkey carcass (from Thanksgiving or Christmas)
1-2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
3-5 stalks of celery, chopped
1-2 lbs green beans, cut in half
3-5 cups fresh spinach
5-10 cups turkey or chicken stock
5-10 cups water
1 lb of noodles of your choice (I used egg noodles)
salt and pepper to taste
Place turkey carcass into a large pot and fill with your stock and water. How much you put in depends on the size of your turkey. My turkey is usually 20 lbs, so it was quite large. I used the larger measurements.
Let the turkey and stock boil for an hour then turn the heat down and let it simmer, covered, on medium heat for 3-4 hours. Then turn off heat and uncover.
Strain the skin and bones and pick off as much of the meat as you can. I pull everything out of the pot and just leave the stock in the pot. I let the meat and bones sit on a cookie pan (pan is covered in foil, so it’s less mess 😉 ) once it’s cooled off a bit I’ll pick through and put only the meat back into the pot with the stock.
Then cut your carrots and celery and place in the pot and cook on medium heat, covered, for an hour or so. Then adding your green beans cook covered on medium heat for 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper (to taste).
About 10 minutes before serving mix in fresh spinach, give it a stir and let it sit for 10 minutes, heat off, uncovered.
Cook noodles according to package.
Scoop some noodles into serving bowls and top with soup.
Enjoy a hot bowl of your fresh Turkey Soup!