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Old Man's Turkey Noodle Soup


"My Dad cooks nothing, except for this soup -- old fashioned, simple, and delicious!"
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2 h 30 m servings 234 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 29.5 g
  • 59%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 1093 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Combine the turkey drumsticks and water in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir in onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, rosemary, and celery salt; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the turkey meat is very tender, about 2 hours. Remove the turkey drumsticks and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, strip the meat from the bones and tendons, chop the meat, and return to the soup.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Cook the egg noodles a boil until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain. Scoop noodles into soup bowls and fill the bowls with turkey soup.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 80 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

been doing this for ages only I use the turkey carcass after Thenksgiving. Great way to use all the bird.

Most helpful critical review

Did not care for this at all. Followed recipe to a "T". Had a funny after taste and just didn't look appealing at all. I guess I'm just not a fan of dumping everything the pot and simmering it.

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been doing this for ages only I use the turkey carcass after Thenksgiving. Great way to use all the bird.

Oh. My. Goodness. Did everyone's "old man" make this after every Thanksgiving? Mine didn't but I learned from my father in law how to make this. He always boiled down the turkey carcass and used...

My family enjoys turkey noodle soup, but I rarely made it because I always made it with the turkey carcass. Now we can have turkey noodle soup anytime!!! This recipe was straightforward, eas...

Use fresh turkey drumsticks - they're cheap, come in an easy to handle pack of 2 or 3 and always available in our local market. Much better result and easier to handle than a leftover carcass w...

Seriously, this was the best turkey (I used chicken) soup recipe I've ever used. All of the spices were right on which is the most important thing in this recipe. I used chicken thighs and bre...

This is an excellent soup! I did use 1/2 tsp (maybe more) of black pepper because we are big fans, and also added about 1/2 a cup of heavy cream (I do this with nearly all my soups). It was fa...

Very good. Will be making again. Totally used recipe no changes.

Excellent soup. Just like my dad used to make. Did not have to change a thing.

A very easy and delicious recipie. It is even better the next day. I used rice the second day instead of noodles and I liked it better.