Heartland Cooks - Ann's Leftover Turkey Soup

Heartland Cooks 11/29 - Ann's Leftover Turkey Soup
This week's Heartland Cook Ann Beggs of Cape Girardeau
This week's Heartland Cook Ann Beggs of Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Your Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and enjoyed; but there's still a lot of food left on the counter. This week's Heartland Cook has a solution to rid your fridge of at least some of those leftovers. Ann Beggs' family makes Leftover Turkey Soup every year using the turkey bones, veggies and other items you may already have in your cupboard.


  • 2-3 Quarts of water
  • 1 Turkey Carcass
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups sweet peas
  • 6 cups dry egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • Any other leftovers (Carrots, Green beans or Corn)


Bring water to a boil in a large kettle. Add turkey carcass and chopped onion. Boil for 30 minutes to 1 hour until broth develops.

Remove turkey carcass from water and pick any remaining meat from the bones. Discard bones and return meat to kettle.

Add peas, carrots, green beans, corn or other veggies to the pot. Bring broth back to a boil and add egg noodles, stirring as they're added.

Continue to boil until noodles are cooked al dente.

Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

Ann's tip: This soup is best with a smoked Thanksgiving turkey. The Beggs family smokes our turkey every year and we find it adds a more rich flavor to the soup.

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