This week many families will feast on turkey, and then find they need use up what’s left. Should you have leftover turkey on hand, or cooked chicken for that matter, making a hearty soup with fresh veggies and healthy proteins is a great way to enjoy leftovers! Plus we all know that chicken soup is good for the soul – and body – and this Leftover Turkey Soup has the same healthy qualities. The team over at Tasty (part of Buzzfeed) put together a fun little video to show you just how easy this recipe is. We love it because you can customize all you want – use your own homemade chicken or turkey broth instead of store-bought, add extra veggies, or add cream and rice instead of noodles if you want something richer. This is a great basic soup to add to your repertoire and make year-round, and is especially perfect to plan for after Thanksgiving dinner.
Easy Leftover Turkey Soup
2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 medium onion
4 celery sticks
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 lbs cooked turkey (or chicken)
64 fl oz chicken or turkey broth (store-bought or homemade)
1 1/2 cup diced parsley
2 Tbsp. fresh thyme
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
8 oz egg noodles
1. In a large pot, over medium heat, melt butter, add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and cook until vegetables are softened, but not brown.
2. Add turkey, then chicken stock, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring liquid to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Add egg noodles, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally then serve hot.
Makes 6 hearty servings.
Nutritional info (for 6 servings made as written above but with turkey meat and store-bought chicken broth): Calories 425 | Fat 10g | Protein 41g | Carbs 38g
Nutritional information is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator.
Do you have a favorite way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving? Share your ideas in the comments below!
– Team FitStar