Saturday, February 1, 2014

Turkey Soup with Pot Pie Noodles

Everyone likes Turkey Soup, right? Hot, tasty, comforting, especially on a cold winter night. What would happen if you added homemade pot pie noodles to Turkey Soup? Ahhhh, the ultimate comfort food! These homemade noodles are a recipe my Mom made when I was growing up, and I’ve made them for my own family to enjoy too. They are soft, slightly chewy, and out of this world yummy! I hope you’ll like them as much as my family does. This makes a lot, but believe me, you *want* the leftovers!

So, let’s get cooking!

First we start with the Turkey Soup. Place the turkey carcass into a large stockpot and add the water. Boil the living daylights out of it until you have a flavorful stock. I usually bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat but keep it boiling, covered, about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Meanwhile, back at the cutting board, work on dicing the Vidalia onions and celery.

Peel and cube the turnip into ¾ inch cubes.

And slice the carrots into ½ inch rounds.

Do nothing to the peas except measure them out. ;)

When the turkey carcass is done, remove the bones, pick any meat from them, and throw the bones away. Cut up the turkey meat from the bones, or turkey meat you've set aside in the refrigerator or freezer for soup. Set aside.

With the stock simmering, add the turnip, cooking for about 20 minutes.

Add the celery, onions, and carrots, cooking for 10 minutes.

Now add the peas, bullion cubes, thyme, and black pepper, cooking for an additional 5 minutes.

Now for the Pot Pie Noodles. Mix the flour and salt together, and cut in the shortening with a pastry knife, fork, or 2 knives.

Ladle out hot stock from the pot of Turkey Soup into a measuring cup, and add to the dry ingredients, mixing well with a wooden spoon.

Sprinkle flour on the table or counter you prefer working on, and roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick.

Cut into squares with a butter knife. It doesn’t matter if they’re not all the same size or anything, as you can see from mine.

With the soup at a rolling boil, drop the noodles one by one right after another into the pot. For the most part, you don’t have to stir right now; the roll of the boiling soup pulls the noodles down and around. When you get them all in, then stir a little. Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring a few times.

Add the cut up turkey meat and heat a few minutes. Serve and enjoy! ~TMMF

Turkey Soup

10 c water
Turkey carcass
1 turnip
6 -8 carrots
   (depending on size)
3 stalks celery
1 lg. Vidalia onion
2 c. frozen peas
6-8 bullion cubes
   (skip if using chicken stock in place of water)
1 ½ tsp. thyme
1 tsp black pepper
4 c. turkey meat cut up

Pot Pie Noodles

2 ½ c flour
1 tsp salt
¼ c. shortening
2/3 c. hot broth from soup

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