The Best Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

leftover turkey soup

Deconstructed- Leftover Turkey Soup

Turkey Sammies are craveable all year long, no doubt. Still, after you deconstruct your leftover Turkey into a savory, satisfying, soothing, and soulful soup, you may begin to think that turkey sammies are for the birds?!

My idea for deconstructed leftover turkey soup came from my grandma Jan. Her foundation of the culinary arts is literally basted and steeped in southern goodness. She boils the turkey carcass down to make a few gallons of broth, which she utilizes and freezes for future recipes throughout the year. After tasting the broth, I had an outside the box idea. Now as much a tradition in our family as Thanksgiving Turkey itself!

Total Time: 1 hour 30min Servings: Varies Based on Bird Size

Leftover Turkey Soup Ingredients:

1 leftover turkey carcass
1 ½ cups leftover stuffing
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves (dried from the Growing Dome)
1 tablespoon chicken or poultry seasoning
2 ½ quarts organic chicken broth
Himalayan pink salt to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups (uncooked) spiral egg noodles or rice
16 oz of green peas (from your Growing Dome or 1 package frozen)
2 or more cloves of fresh whole garlic
A big dash of fresh sage, thyme, or your choice of herbs from your Growing Dome greenhouse

Leftover Turkey Soup Instructions:

Leftover Turkey Soup in Bowl
Leftover Turkey Soup

First Things First

Place the turkey carcass in a large, deep pot, and add the stuffing, celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, sage, herbs, and chicken/turkey broth. I use the peas, celery, carrots, garlic, herbs, and other harvestable crops from the Growing Dome. You may have more herbs and veggies that you are growing. Feel free to toss those in as well.

Pour in some H2O in addition to stock if needed to cover all of the base ingredients. Bring to a nice rapid rolling boil, over medium, then to high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 1 hour, skimming fat or foam as needed.

Remove the remainder of Turkey and any bones, etc. Pluck any remaining meat off and return to the pot, discarding bones and skin.

Onto Complete Deconstruction

Season to taste with garlic salt, pink salt, and fresh pepper. Stir in the noodles and return to a boil over medium-high heat.

Lower heat to medium, and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in the peas, and continue to simmer until pasta is at least al dente, about 10 minutes more.

Adjust seasonings to taste. Follow with leftover pumpkin pie. Let the tryptophan permeate you, nap if desired. You’ll now feel the Holidays are here to stay!

Recipe By: Kesy Curtis

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