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    4 hrs 50 mins

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    Sage's Note:

    This is how I take care of the turkey carcass. But you can make this soup by following the directions and using 12 cups of chicken broth with 1/2 teaspoon of poulty seasoning. You can freeze the carcass and make the broth when convenient for you.

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    1. 1
      Turkey Broth:.
    2. 2
      Put the turkey carcass in your slow cooker on Low with an onion, celery stalk,a carrot, salt and pepper,bay leaf, 1/2 poultry seasoning, 2 teaspoons chicken powder and water. Cook on Low overnight.
    3. 3
      Next morning, strain the both and pour it back in the slow cooker.
    4. 4
      Remove turkey meat from bones, set meat aside.
    5. 5
    6. 6
      In the slow cooker with the broth, add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
    7. 7
      Cook at High for 4 hours; add turkey, noodles, and parsley.
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      Cook another 1/2 hour.
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      NOTE: Cooking time doesn't include the overnight that your broth is cooking.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2010


      this did fill my 6 qt. crockpt to the brim! Was so worth making homemade broth. turned out delicious and amazed at the meat i got from carcass in addition to what i had carved. Thank you

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    • on December 23, 2014


      I started making this soup back in 2009, and while the soup maybe a bit time consuming, in the end you will have a really delicious tasting soup. I cooked this soup in my 6-quart slow-cooker (which I highly suggest one uses a 6-quart slow-cooker), and I cooked the broth ingredients... the turkey, vegetables, spices, and water overnight and for 13 hours. I did however, add a bit more of the bouillon granules (2 Tablespoons) as per instructed in the cooking directions, and not the 2 tsp., as listed in the ingredients, but I only added 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper (rather than a 1/2 teaspoon), plus I also added 2 bay leaves. After straining the broth, and returning it to the slow-cooker, I ended up with 10-1/2 cups of the broth. When it came to adding the ingredients to make the soup the next day, I only added a 1/2 cup of diced onion, (rather than the 2 onions) and I thought that was more than enough onion (taste wise). But, I did add 4 carrots, thinly sliced (rather than the 2 carrots) or you can use 12-ounces of sliced baby carrots in place of the 4 carrots, plus I added 2 large cloves of garlic, minced. Instead of chopping the celery, I thinly sliced it, and the total amount of spices I added to the recipe were as follow... 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp dried basil leaves, 1/4 tsp dried majoram, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, but the next time I will just add an 1/8 tsp, or omit the additional pepper all together. As for the noodles, I added 8 ounces (2 cups) of Rotini (spiral shaped pasta). Also, I did add 3 - 4 cups of turkey meat. One more thing... when adding the parsley, I used dried parsley, and just added 1 teaspoon. Thank you Sage for posting this slow-cooked soup recipe. It was an easy way to make a soup with your leftover turkey carcass, meat, etc... Plus it was very good!!

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    • on November 30, 2009


      Sage, I was looking for a slow cooker recipe for this soup. This is delicious and so easy. I did not use the turkey carcass, just tossed in some of my cut up turkey meat. Doubled the thyme and poultry seasonning. Used "chicken base" that comes in a jar instead of bouillon. Used 7 oz Pennsylvania Dutch broad noodles. Delicious!! Great with a slice of Italian bread. Thanks for sharing. Chef #720649

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    Nutritional Facts for Turkey Soup for the Slow Cooker

    Serving Size: 1 (292 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 21.7
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.1 mg
    Sodium 413.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 0.6 g

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    turkey carcass


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