I love using leftovers and using them to make new meal. After Thanksgiving I wanted to use the leftover turkey I had in the freezer, so I started researching for turkey soup recipes. I tried a few and this is the recipe I have created from trial and error. I like this recipe because it is easy and I full of flavor. Happy cooking!
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 Cup Carrots
- ½ Yellow Onion (diced)
- 2 Stocks of Celery (thinly sliced)
- 2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
- 64 oz chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 ½- 3 cups of turkey breast finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of oregano
- ½ teaspoon of thyme
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 3-5 leaves from the celery stock (optional)
Optional - Dumplings
- 1 can of 8 Pillsbury Original Biscuits
- One large soup kettle
- Wooden spoon
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups and spoons
Step 1: Slice and Dice the Vegtables
Make sure to try to keep the same thickness so they cook evenly.
Also if you have freezer room, I recommend freezing the leftover celery. It comes in handy when you only need a little for a recipe but you don't want to buy a whole bag. It cuts down on waste and time!
Step 2: Add the Olive Oil in the Pot on Medium Heat.
Step 3: Let the Oil Get Warm and Then Add the Celery, Carrots and Onion. Cook the Veggies for About 8-10 Min or When They Are Softened. Stir Occasionally
Step 4: 4. Add the Minced Garlic and Stir for 1-2 Mins or Until the Garlic Is Golden Brown. Do Not Let the Garlic Burn.
Step 5: Add the Chicken Stock, Thyme, Oregano, Pepper and Bay Leaves. Bring to a Boil. Let It Boil for 8-10 Mins or Until You Can Cut the Veggies Easily With a Fork
Step 6: Add the Turkey and Lemon Juice and Let It Boil for 3 Min or Until the Turkey Is Warm.
This is when the leftovers come into play, you can use leftovers or shredded turkey breast.
(See optional dumpling directions below)
Step 7: Remove the Bay Leaves and Add Salt to Tase
A fork works best for me when removing the bay leaves.
Step 8: And Serve! Always Great With Bread or Saltine Crackers
Step 9: Optional - Dumplings
Take the roll of Pillsbury biscuits and start ripping pieces off about the size of a quarter and put them into the pot (I use about ¾ of the can)
After your dumplings are in the pot, boil for 5 min.
Step 10: Dumplings Cont.
When storing your soup with dumplings you might have to add water when reheating