Ideas for Making Turkey Soup From Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you’ve made some homemade turkey broth and have a little turkey leftover, you can make it into a delicious soup. There is pretty much no wrong or right way to make turkey soup, so check your pantry and let the creative ideas fly.

Turkey Noodle Soup

We’re going traditional here. Chopped carrots, onion, frozen corn, soup noodles and turkey. We used the small soup noodles in this photo, but use larger egg noodles if you like a heartier soup. Or if you prefer rice, skip the noodles altogether.

Many recipes suggested frying the vegetables in oil or butter, but you can simply drop the vegetables into the broth for cooking. Harder vegetables like carrots, onion and celery take longer to cook than frozen corn, so cook those first.

Add your cooked meat and noodles during the last 5 minutes of the cooking process, so as not to overcook. Seasoning suggestions here include thyme, sage, marjoram or whatever you’d like. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Turkey Chowder

A variation on the thin soup, this one adds cream and flour to thicken the broth. Try your favorite vegetables and season with salt and pepper.

Mexican Turkey Soup

If you like a little spice in your life, here’s a great soup for you. Vegetables can include red peppers, carrots, onion and corn. Add a little tomato paste to the broth and season up with cumin, chilli powder and paprika. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

Turkey Ramen Soup

Using packaged ramen makes this an easy soup to put together, especially if the kids want to do a little post-holiday cooking. Just don’t use the seasoning that comes with it, use your homemade broth instead. Way less sodium and way more flavor that way. Add some green onions and a dash of chilli oil and soy sauce. Get out your chopsticks and enjoy.

Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

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A few years ago I had gotten really sick with a mystery infection that put me in the hospital for over a week. When I got home I wasn't much better off. I had to have foot surgery and was laid up on the sofa for awhile. In that time I watched alot of Food Network and really gained a passion for food and it's preparation, cooking for my family was something I could still do even when I wasn't feeling my best and it was a way to help myself reach a healthier goal as well. Now I find myself always looking for healthier options that still taste wonderful and with my wifes gluten allergy I have even more of a challenge of feeding everyone. Honestly ... I am loving every minute of it. Because my kitchen has become my place of Zen.

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