leftover turkey carcass and any meat that may be left on the bones
1smallonion, cut in quartersdiced onion works here as well
2-3raw garlic clovesa tablespoon of minced garlic works as well
2-3sprigsfresh rosemarycan use dried as a substitute
salt and pepper to taste
place slow cooker liner in slow cooker, if using
break apart carcass just enough to fit into slow cooker.
add large pieces of carrot and celery (this is a great way to use up any leftover veggies from holiday crudite, if you served one)
add onion, bay leaves, salt, and peppercorns
Fill slow cooker with water to within on inch of top
lay rosemary sprigs on top, cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours
after cooking, allow to cool slightly and run through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
If you just want broth, you are done!!
If you want turkey soup, you can add the veggies and meat from what was strained out back into broth. be careful not to add back in any small bones.
Alternatively, place fresh leftover turkey meat and vegetables into the broth when you are ready to serve it and allow then to cook for a few hours on low until everything is heated through and the vegetables are soft.
to make turkey noodle soup, add desired amount of al dente cooked noodles to slow cooker 10-15 minutes prior to serving.