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Turkey Soup with Slickers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling


8-10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Our grandson calls this "bone soup" because I make it with Thanksgiving turkey bones! The recipe for slickers—half dumplings, half egg noodles— comes from my grandmother.


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 14-pound turkey)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, add the first nine ingredients. Slowly bring to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Discard bay leaves. Remove carcass; set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove turkey from bones; discard bones. Cut turkey into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of the broth and egg. Stir in enough flour to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 8-10 times or until smooth. Divide dough in half; roll out each piece to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 2-in. x 1/4-in. strips.
  3. Add dill and poultry seasoning to remaining broth; bring to a gentle boil. Drop slickers into broth; cover and cook for 30-35 minutes or until tender. Add peas and reserved turkey; heat through.

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