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Monday 21 December 2015

Turkey Soup : How to use up that leftover meat !

This lovely idea is from Heather and you may find it most helpful ... because at this time of year ... I wonder how many of us think, 'what am I going to do with the left over turkey ?'

Well, how about this idea, you will see that the broth is made from the turkey carcass, so none of the nutrition in the turkey goes to waste, and is packed with minerals and gelatin — great for when you have a winter cold. You can really use any veggies or root vegetables in this simple soup. Sweet potatoes, rutabagas (swede), parsnips, jersey yams, or even turnips work just as well. You can add green beans, kale, tomatoes, peppers, or whatever vegetables you have sitting in your fridge. If you want your soup to have a rice texture, add chopped cauliflower.

'Leftover Turkey Soup'
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:10 hours

1 leftover turkey carcass
4 carrots, peeled and chopped, divided
5 celery ribs, chopped, divided
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, peeled and cubed
2 T apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Water to cover
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
12 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
¼ to ½ t poultry seasoning
3 cups shredded cooked turkey
1 cup chopped broccoli


1. In a slow cooker, layer the turkey carcass, 2 carrots, 2 celery ribs, onion, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Cover with water and season with salt and pepper.

2. Cover and turn the slow cooker on high. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or overnight.

3. Strain the turkey carcass and vegetables out of the broth.

4. Either put the broth in a soup pot or back in the slow cooker.

5. Add 2 of the carrots, 3 celery ribs, the sweet potato, mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste, poultry seasoning, broccoli, and turkey.

6. If using a soup pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until everything is tender. If using a slow cooker, cover and cook on high for about 4 hours.

7. Enjoy!

PS: Don’t have any leftover turkey on hand? A chicken carcass and meat (or even duck) make a great substitute.

Heather is a celiac food blogger with a passion for cooking. She loves to help others eat healthier through creating delicious and nutritious recipes that everyone will enjoy. Recipe idea and more from Heather here

I hope you enjoy this recipe suggestion. We try and bring a wide variety, but not all recipes will suit all. Any food allergies, or underlying health issues must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. 

All the best Jan


Martha said...

One of my favourite soups!

Jo said...

That looks delicious. We never buy a full turkey, we just buy a crown and we have a joint of beef on Christmas day too, but I think I'm going to start and make a soup like this when we have chicken in future.

Lisa said...

Looks wonderful!

eileeninmd said...

I love turkey soup, I used my turkey leftovers from our Thanksgiving dinner for. We had some last night, it is delicious. Have a happy day and week ahead!

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Eating.

chris c said...

Similar to what mother used to do with the pheasant and rabbit carcases - I suspect she learned this from her own mother.

Hint - add some chopped streaky bacon, whole peppercorns and bay leaves.

handmade by amalia said...

A very happy holiday to you and yours, dear Jan. I believe in soup.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I have a similar recipe for turkey soup. I made the broth and froze it, and froze the leftover turkey, as well. Now I just need to buy the veggies and make it!