Leftover Roast Turkey Pho

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 120 min
  • serves 6

Reinvent your Thanksgiving turkey into a bowl of intensely flavorful Vietnamese pho. In our take on this herby, brothy noodle soup, we fortify store-bought chicken broth with turkey bones, charred vegetables and toasted spices to create a rich broth that goes from stovetop to table in less than two hours.

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Directions for: Leftover Roast Turkey Pho



1 leftover turkey carcass, including any leg bones and reserved turkey parts (such as the neck, wings, etc.), plus 1 lb leftover turkey meat (about 4 cups), shredded into large bite-sized pieces

3 large yellow onions, halved

1 (6-inch) piece fresh ginger root, halved lengthwise

1 head garlic, halved crosswise

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

Kosher salt

4 star anise pods

3 Tbsp whole black peppercorns

2 cinnamon sticks

12 cups low-sodium chicken broth

¼ - ⅓ cup fish sauce


1 lb(s) flat rice noodles

4 cups fresh bean sprouts

1 large bunch fresh Thai basil

2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Hoisin sauce and/or sriracha (Asian chile sauce), for serving

Lime wedges, for serving



1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450ºF. Toss the turkey bones and parts, onions, ginger and garlic with the vegetable oil in a large bowl. Lightly sprinkle with salt and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, spreading everything out into a somewhat even layer (it is okay if some items slightly overlap). Roast turning the bones and vegetables halfway through until the vegetables are slightly charred, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, add the star anise pods, peppercorns and cinnamon sticks to a large pot. Set over medium heat and toast until very fragrant, shaking the pot occasionally, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the chicken broth, fish sauce, according to taste, and 8 cups of water.


1. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Divide the noodles among 6 bowls then top with the broth and shredded meat. Serve with the bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapenos, red onion, hoisin sauce, sriracha and a lime wedge on the side so that guests can top their pho as they like.

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