Saturday, November 17, 2012

Leftover Turkey Soup for What to do with #Thanksgiving #Leftovers #SundaySupper



I love the holidays. All of the food, family, and fun. One of the things I especially love though is leftovers! I like to take the next few days and use them in tons of different ways. Leftover turkey sandwiches, Turkey Croquets, Turkey Casseroles, etc. But one of the families all time favorites is for me to make my turkey soup.

I love curling up with a big bowl of this soup the day after Thanksgiving. Everyone is still pretty full and I am tired from all of the cooking, so it usually ends up a family movie night, and more often than not the movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We all love that movie and it just kicks off Christmas for us. I give everyone a day off on Friday but I will have them out slaving away on Saturday putting up Christmas decorations LOL I mean I did feed them right? 

I do go a little overboard on the decorations sometimes, I will admit. When the kids were young we actually would have people bring their kids to see our house. The last few years we have toned it down, but since we moved into the new place Kevin has informed me that we are going to "light the whole place up". Alrighty then, this could get interesting!!

This year I am also very happy to be able to share my recipe with the #SundaySupper crew.  If you haven't heard about #SundaySupper yet let me explain. It is the baby of a wonderful woman and mentor Isabel from Family Foodie. It has been her mission to bring the family back around the supper table together. I am so proud and honored to participate in this with her and the many other fabulous bloggers who's posts for this weeks theme of What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers are linked at the bottom of this page.






Leftover Turkey Soup

Broth:
1 leftover turkey carcass, picked clean of meat
4 cups chicken stock
6 cups water
1 carrot, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 onion, halved
bay leaf

Soup:
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, minced
2 carrots, minced
2 stalks celery, minced
1 (16-ounce) package of noodles (Recommended Grandma’s Fresh Frozen Homemade Style wide egg noodles)
2 cups cubed turkey meat
1 to 2 cups leftover gravy if available
Salt and pepper
Fresh flat leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)

To make the  broth: 
Place all ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Add water if the level drops below the carcass. Remove turkey carcass from pot and discard.  Strain both with a colander into another stock pot.  Discard remains in colander.  

Make the Soup: 
In stock pot the broth cooked in, melt butter.  Add minced onion, carrot, and celery.  Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. If using, add gravy and mix well until gravy is heated through
Add onion mixture and 4 to 6 cups of stock to stock pot and bring to a boil.  Thaw noodles according to package directions.  Add pasta and boil for time required on package. Add turkey and simmer for 30 minutes. Check seasoning and add salt and or pepper if needed.  Ladle into bowls and top each serving with a little fresh parsley if desired.
If any soup is left over, it will thicken up after refrigeration.  Just add a little water (or leftover broth) when reheating to thin it back down.

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50 comments:

  1. Leftover turkey soup is one of my favorite things to eat on Black Friday. It's comforting and delicious while easy on the belly after a day of abuse. Great recipe!

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    1. I agree Megan!! Thanks so much. Take care :)

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  2. We've both got the turkey soup vibe going today. Yours looks wonderful. Send some of those decorating genes my way, would you?

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    1. Great minds think alike!! Sending vibes hehehe

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  3. Turkey soup is a staple with leftovers - looks great!

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    1. Yes, it almost isn't thanksgiving without turkey soup the next day :)

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  4. Yum! Love a big pot of soup simmering the day after Thanksgiving.

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  5. Turkey soup screams comfort. Yours looks wonderful.

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  6. Amazing! As Veronica said, this is definitely comfort food at its best!

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  7. I like that you used both the turkey and the gravy in this soup, I bet that really adds flavor to it.

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    1. It really does Heather, that's what puts it over the edge as far as tasting like "Thanksgiving in a bowl" I think.

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  8. A big bowl of comforting post Thanksgiving goodness! Yum!

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    1. Yes and we have plenty of those here in Washington :)

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  10. This is perfect for a relaxing day after Thanksgiving when we still want all the flavors of Thanksgiving without all the food. Perfect!

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    1. Thanks so much! I can't wait to make this again!!

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  11. This is my kind of comfort food - perfect for a family day of decorating. Yum!

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    1. Thanks Heather :) Ya I don't want to weigh them down too much, I need to be able to crack the whip LOL

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  12. What a delicious and comforting soup!

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  13. Wow...not only do you offer a great soup recipe...I now know what to do with the leftover gravy (and there's always leftover gravy) Great looking recipe!

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  14. I love that you use every part of the turkey AND gravy. I never know what to do with the leftover gravy! Great recipe!

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  15. Great addition of gravy! It makes so much sense!

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    1. I hoped so Sarah LOL it was a gamble but ended up making it perfect :)

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  16. thanks for sharing! This looks wonderful! I will have to try it.

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  17. Oh this soup sounds like just what I need to warm me up right now. By Friday it is meant to be dropping down to 37 F.

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    1. Bbbrrrrr Laura, you will need this :)

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  18. Making leftovers into soup is always a good idea. I have never thought to add a little gravy. Perfect!

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    1. Thanks Lane :) If I can make anything into soup I will give it a try LOL

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  19. This soup is the perfect meal to come home to after black friday shopping. I would drink this bowl.

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    1. Oh yes!! Good luck if you are going to venture out LOL

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  20. I haven't made turkey soup in years, but you've inspired me to reinstate this tradition! Yours looks perfect!

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    1. I am so glad :) I love to inspire!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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  21. Mmm, classic, delicious and comforting. I wish I could get my family to watch Christmas Vacation instead of football!

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    1. LOL Come on over, we will watch it together!!

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  22. Love the addition of the gravy here...Yumm!

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  23. Yum this looks good! I can't wait to make a nice soup with the turkey carcass!

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    1. Thanks so much Anne, I hope you give it a try!!

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  24. Love this creamy turkey comfort soup!

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