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Turkey Soup with Tarragon Dumplings
© Sarah Anne Ward

Turkey Soup with Tarragon Dumplings

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 45 MIN Plus overnight chilling

Michael Symon uses leftover turkey stock and meat to make this soothing soup. Symon cooks sautéed carrots, parsnips, celery root and onion in the stock, then adds leftover turkey. He also adds dumplings made with flour, eggs, milk, turkey fat and tarragon; the dumplings cook in the simmering soup right before serving.


  1. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  2. 2 carrots, finely diced
  3. 2 parsnips, finely diced
  4. 1 onion, finely diced
  5. 1 medium celery root, peeled and finely diced
  6. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 3 quarts chicken stock
  9. Turkey carcass and any leftover bones, plus 2 cups diced cooked turkey
  10. 2 bay leaves


  1. Unsalted butter, if needed
  2. 3/4 cup whole milk
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
  8. 3 large eggs
  1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add the carrots, parsnips, onion, celery root, garlic and a good pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the turkey carcass and bones and the bay leaves and bring to a simmer, skimming as necessary. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Remove the turkey bones and carcass from the soup and let cool slightly; discard the bay leaves. Refrigerate the turkey and the soup separately overnight. Skim the fat off the surface of the soup and reserve for making the dumplings.
  3. Measure the reserved turkey fat and add enough butter to make 1/2 cup, then transfer to a medium saucepan. Add the milk and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from the heat and, using a sturdy wooden spoon, stir in the flour until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the pan. Add the tarragon, then beat in the eggs 1 at a time and stirring until fully incorporated between additions.
  4. Bring the soup to a simmer. Drop tablespoons of the dumpling dough into the soup and simmer for 10 minutes, until firm. Add the diced turkey to the soup and cook for 1 minute. Ladle into shallow bowls and serve.
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