This warming leftover turkey vegetable soup is so comforting and delicious. It’s a very handy recipe to have up your sleeve during the festive season!
I always used to buy a whole Turkey for Christmas dinner, but these days I just tend to buy a turkey crown instead. I always end up with loads of leftovers which is exactly what I want!
I think I enjoy the quiet, slow paced few days between Christmas and New Year more than the big day itself – I tend to hunker down and live off all the bits and pieces in the fridge – I make turkey sandwiches,Turkey and ham pie and this leftover turkey soup recipe.
Just like my tattie soup recipe, there’s nothing fancy about this recipe at all – it’s good, homely comfort food.
The recipe below is exactly how I always make it – but please feel free to change it up depending on what ingredients you have.
You can add whatever veggies or herbs you might have to hand. Think of the recipe as a blueprint – it’s very adaptable. Don’t you just love that kind of cooking?
how do you make soup with leftover turkey meat?
This recipe is pretty adaptable, but you should always start off by sweating diced celery, onion or leek and carrot in melted butter until the vegetables are soft. You could also add a couple of cloves of garlic if you like.
When the vegetables are soft (keep the heat low so they don’t colour) add turkey or chicken stock, the herbs, rice and the leftover meat.
I also like to throw in a few herbs and a couple of bay leaves – I love the flavour of sage, parsley and rosemary (just a small amount of the latter though – a little goes a long way.) Fresh thyme would also be lovely.
can I use something else other than rice?
Yes! I like to use long grain white rice in this recipe, but sometimes I ring the changes by adding Scotch broth mix or pearl barley.
i don’t like chunky soup – can i blend it?
Yes, you can blend this soup if you prefer – when the soup is ready, stir in about 100ml of double (heavy) cream. Blend the soup to the desired consistency and season to taste.
can i freeze this soup?
Yes this soup can be frozen. Store the (completely cold) soup in airtight containers or suitable freezer bags. Place in the freezer and use within one month.
did you make this leftover turkey soup?
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- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 sticks celery, finely diced
- 1 large leek, sliced finely
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped into dice
- 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped sage leaves or 1 tsp dried
- 1 or 2 bay leaves
- 75g white long grain rice
- 1.5-2 Litres hot turkey or chicken stock
- Around 200g leftover turkey, shredded into bite size pieces
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Gently heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan. When the butter has melted, add the leeks, celery and carrots, add a little salt and pepper, place a lid on and sweat the vegetables over a very low heat for about 10 minutes, or until they have softened
- Once the vegetables have softened, pour in the hot stock, add the barley or rice, fresh herbs, bay leaves and leftover turkey, pop a lid on the pan and simmer on a low-medium heat for about 1 hour.
- Check the soup for seasoning before serving.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 383Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 187mgSodium 288mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 49g
Calories and nutritional information are provided by a third party application and should be viewed as indicative figures only.