Easy turkey noodle soup recipe – LIGHT and so flavorful. Perfect for leftovers on a cozy chilly day!
For the Broth
- 6–8 cups turkey broth (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 whole star anise
- 6 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup cilantro stems
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
For Noodle Bowls
- 8 ounces rice noodles
- 2 cups shredded leftover turkey
- cilantro, mint, lime, hot sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili peppers, sprouts, or anything else you’d want to top your soup with!
- In a large stock pot, simmer all the broth ingredients together for an hour or so. Pour through a fine mesh colander, reserving liquid and discarding solids.
- Return to heat and add noodles. Let the noodles soak until soft (about 10 minutes). Add the turkey. Transfer to bowls (noodles and turkey heaped in the middle, broth ladled over the whole thing) and top with anything your turkey noodle soup heart desires. And DON’T SKIP THE LIME. My favorite.
Ingredients note: I bought all these ingredients at what I consider to be a mainstream grocery store (Cub Foods, if you’re local to the Minneapolis area). The star anise came in a little bag in the section where they sell the whole dried spices.
Do this a day in advance if you can! I made it all in one day and it was totally fine, but it would be ideal to spread it over two days. –> To make the stock, just cut up the turkey carcass (I’m sorry – no way around that word) and cover it with 8-10 cups water in a large pot. Throw in a few chopped up carrots and some onion slices and simmer for 1-2 hours. Drain, reserving the tasty broth and discarding the solids, and then if you can, let it chill for a while so you can skim the fat off the top. Total yield will depend on how long you simmer it, but generally speaking, this should be plenty for this soup recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vietnamese-Inspired
Keywords: turkey soup, turkey noodle soup, turkey recipe, thanksgiving leftovers