I made this soup yesterday and along with toasted cheese sandwiches it made an awesome winter dinner!
It was a hit with the family and is a keeper.
I did not follow the directions in paragraph one because I had already cooked the turkey carcass overnight after Thanksgiving.
I took that stock which had turned gelatin-like and added several cups of water to make the 12 cups needed.
Worked like a charm.
1 leftover turkey carcass, this will make 3+ quarts of broth
3 cups cooked turkey, diced into bite size pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped or 1 cup chopped onion
3 large carrots, sliced small or 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
3 celery stalks, sliced small ot 1 1/2 cups sliced celery
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon chicken base, chicken bouillon will work also
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, adjust according to taste
2 cups half and half cream
8-10 oz egg noodles
Place the turkey carcass in a large pot (at least 8 quart) and cover completely with water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the carcass from the stock in the pot. I find it easiest to place a large strainer over a second large pot. I pour the stock and carcass through the strainer and it removes everything for me. (I don’t try to save any of the remaining meat off of the carcass, because I really do not care for the way it tastes after simmering for so long. If you don’t notice the change, go ahead and use this meat for the soup.) Set the broth aside to cool. You will need 3 quarts (or 12 cups) of the broth for this soup. I always save and freeze the extra broth for future soups and other recipes.
In a large pot (at least 8 quart), saute the celery, carrots and onion in the butter until they are almost tender. The vegetables will absorb most of the butter at this point. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle the flour over the vegetables. Stir to combine and let the vegetables absorb the flour. Gradually add 4 cups of the reserved broth. Bring this mixture to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for about two minutes, or until thickened.
Add the additional 8 cups of broth, the bouillon, salt, pepper and diced turkey. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering, cook the egg noodles, drain and set aside. (I prefer cooking them separately, because I can more accurately determine how soft they will be.)
After 30 minutes, add the cooked noodles and the cream. Warm over low heat, just to make sure that everything is warm. Enjoy!