There’s nothing quite like a big pot of soup to warm you up when you’re under the weather. And this soup is no exception. After enjoying a lovely roasted turkey dinner, make turkey soup! It gets you out of the not-very-enjoyable (let’s face it!) task of picking over the bones for meat, and the reward is a hearty, rich bowl of goodness. As a bonus, if you freeze this soup in individual-serving containers, you can have homemade turkey soup ready anytime anyone in your house gets the sniffles! Note: My family strongly prefers chunky soups to brothy soups, so this soup is brimming with lots of good things. If your family tends to prefer brothier soups, feel free to halve the non-broth ingredients. ~Katie
What you need: Ingredients
- about 5 quarts homemade turkey broth (from one turkey carcass, with carrot, celery, and onion added during simmering)
- leftover meat from roasted turkey, cut in bites
- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 lb. frozen corn
- 1 lb. frozen green beans
- 1 lb. frozen peas
- 1/4 t. celery salt
- 1/2 t. poultry seasoning
- 1/2 t. pepper
- 1/4 t. paprika
- 1 T. parsley
- 1/4 t. sage
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 t. salt (plus more to taste)
- pasta, rice, or barley, to add at the end
- 8-quart or larger stockpot
- cutting board and knife
- measuring cups and spoons
Time: About 2 1/2 hours.
Freezeable: Yes. Place in freezeable pint canning jars with 1″ headspace, or in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
Serves: A crowd (makes about 8 quarts soup).
Multiplying the recipe: Not unless you have a very large pot!
Simply remove as much meat from the turkey bones as you care to, and then put the bones on to simmer in a large pot of water. Add a few veggies, simmer for an hour or so, and voila! – instant turkey broth.
After you strain out all the solids, reserving the broth, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an hour or so. (Reserve the starch to add at the end of the cooking time, to make sure it doesn’t soak up too much broth and fall apart or become soggy.)