So the holiday is over, but you have a ton of leftovers! Try this amazing turkey soup which can be made easily from your extra roasted or deep fried turkey leftovers – it’s delicious, nutritious and so easy to make!
Turkey Soup from Leftovers Recipe
- One turkey, roasted, as leftovers from the holiday
- 3 potatoes, cubed
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 turnips, cubed
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 cup Pearl Barley
Take your turkey, and remove all the meat from the carcass. Keep the meat for later, break the bones up, and put them in a large stock pot. Cover with water and set on a high heat to boil. When it boils, turn the heat down so that it simmers gently.
Allow the stock to boil for a minimum of four hours; if possible leave it simmering gently overnight. Make sure it doesn’t boil dry! This will give a rich, concentrated stock that is rich in nutrients.
Saute the onion and garlic in butter until they are lightly browned.
Drain the stock, and discard the bones. Put the stock in a large stock pot with the onion and garlic and bring back to the boil. Add pearl barley and turnips and one additional quart of water. You may need to add additional water as the soup cooks down. Cook for 20 minutes.
Add the carrots, potatoes and as much chopped turkey that you picked off earlier as you like.
Taste, and add salt and pepper as required.
When the potatoes and carrots are cooked through, turn the heat down low and leave it just warming until ready to eat.
For the ultimate feast, serve alongside these Cheesy Mustard Rolls. Click here for the full recipe.
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Wanda H. says
You can use left over roasted chicken the same way. Do the chicken carcus like the turkey carcus plus the skin. After cooling the bones and skin, strain through a colander saving the broth. Add a cup od broken spaghetti noodles and a cup of frozen mixed vegatables. What’s not eaten then, place into a freezer safe containers for a quick lunch later or when you’re sick with a cold. Lable and date. Enjoy later.
Laurie Cooper says
Oh my gosh, I made my turkey soup via your way and I must say it was the most delicious turkey soup I’ve ever had! I will use your style of making soup with turkey carcass from now on! Thank you.
I save the carcasses from both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners … break them up and toss in the freezer. When ready to make the soup, I boil down the carcasses, remove meat and save the broth. Then I start with the veggies … I make this for New Years Eve dinner for a group of friends. It makes enough to feed 10-12 people. I still have left-over turkey meat in the freezer …