Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup

Happy December 1st!  I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving.  Mine was full of family fun and tons of yummy delicious food!   
 I do not know about you but, even though we had Thanksgiving leftovers for brunch on Black Friday, we were left with tons of leftovers, specifically turkey and gravy.  If you have not seen my lightened up gravy recipe you can check it out HERE.  Anyway, I used some of my leftovers to make a delicious soup over the weekend.

The beauty about transforming leftovers into a new recipe is that you do not have to be too precised, just use what you have at hand.  We love soups so naturally, I went that route.  The house smelled like Thanksgiving all over again.  We enjoyed some of it over the weekend, portioned out and froze the rest for lunches this week. 
Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup
 
Ingredients:
1 medium yellow onion, diced
7 celery stalks, diced
3 parsnips, peeled and diced in to cubes
7 multicolor carrots, peeled and diced in to cubes (from Trader Joe's)
10-12 oz of leftover turkey (skinless and mostly white meat ;o))
2 tbsp. of gravy
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. of poultry seasoning
2 cups of turkey broth (also, from Trader Joe's)
5 cups of water
1 tbsp. of salt

Directions:
Preheat a large soup pan at medium heat.  Spray your soup pan with cooking spray (we are adding gravy to the soup, so no need for oil.)  Add in your onions to the pan and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally.  Add in the gravy and stir until well combined with the onions.  Add in the rest of the veggies, bay leaf, poultry seasoning and stir.  
Let the veggies cook for about 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes add in your turkey, salt, broth and water and stir.  Make sure you get the brown goodness from the bottom of your pot, that is flavor!  
Continue to cook at medium heat for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.  At this point you can add more liquid if need be, or turn the heat to low until ready to serve.

My plan is to enjoy this soup with a side of brown rice toast for lunches this week.
How about you?  What did you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?
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55 comments:

  1. I am doing this RIGHT now! The chicken carcases are boiling on the stove as we speak. I'm going to be adding carrots, potatoes and macaroni to mine :)

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    1. Yay! The making of yours sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. great idea! we had a 27lb turkey so we definitely have some leftovers to work with!
    xo Jen | The Single Diaries
    www.thesinglediaries.com

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    1. WOW 27lbs turkey, I bet you have tons of leftovers! lol I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by Jen!

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  3. Great post! I have got to make this soup during this cool weather

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    1. Thanks! It is freezing in Colorado, so this is the perfect lunch for our weather. Thanks for stopping by Bianca!

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  4. Yum! This sounds delicious, especially as the temps keep getting cooler!

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    1. For sure, I look forward to lunch time, since it is pretty cold in my side of the woods. Thanks for stopping by Caitlin!

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  5. Leftovers and what we can create with them are my jam! This sounds delicious!

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    1. Ditto! Leftovers are definitely fun to play with! Thanks so much Kristine!

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  6. my hubby makes the best leftover soups...this one looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you! Wish my hubby cooked lol.. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Oh goodness gracious this is so smart! We have so many leftovers still!

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    1. Yay! I know the feeling! I hope you give this a try, so easy and delicious... Thanks for stopping by Claire!

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  8. This is the best thing about Thanksgiving!

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    1. Agreed Andi! I love everything about Thanksgiving, but leftovers are my fave! No cooking for days... Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. what a great idea to keep the diet in check and use leftovers thanks!
    missy
    popofstyle.com

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    1. Exactly! Lighter meals is what I crave after holiday eats. Thanks for stopping by Missy!

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  10. We froze some of our turkey to make soup and potpies! So yummy.

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    1. Potpies, yum! Freezing is my savior when it comes to making those leftovers last. Thanks for stopping by Candace!

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  11. Oh this looks so good. Too bad we already ran through our leftovers.

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  12. That looks so delicious, I love soup.

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    1. Yay! I love soups too! Thanks for stopping by Karissa ;o)

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  13. That looks so yummy!! What a fun way to do leftovers.

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    1. It taste yummy too... Thanks for stopping by Alaska ;)!

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    1. Glad you think so Angie! I totally forgot to add this to my Pintrest! Thanks for the reminder ;o)

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  15. Mmmm! Looks so good however, my family and I never ever have T-Day leftovers for very long, and if we do... It's typically just the stuffing and maybe a yam or two... Things I definitely don't eat! ha ha. Yams scare me! LOL! (Long Story)

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    1. Woot! We had tons of leftovers, come on over for some soup GIGI lol

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  16. I love creating recipes out of leftovers - my boyfriend always goes to throw things away and I practically have to yell at him to stop! I guess it's from growing up in the countryside and never wasting anything!

    Katie <3

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    1. lol, I do the same thing and sometimes it turns out to be a disaster..lol Thanks for stopping by Katie!

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  17. I would have never thought to make soup from thanksgiving leftovers, what an awesome idea!

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    1. YAY! I am glad you thinks so. Thanks for stopping by Brooke ;o)

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  18. Yummy leftover turkey soup!! Looks delicious!

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  19. What a great idea for the leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I'm a huge fan of leftover dishes! This look delicious!

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  22. Looks amazing! I am making Pho as we write! :)

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    1. I have always wanted to try Pho! Thats great that you can make it at home. Thanks for stopping by Maryann ;o)

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  23. That's a good looking and tasty leftovers soup have seen, we dont celebrate thanksgiving in UK but I always do a little of own

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    1. Thanks Miranda! It is a great holiday... wait for you guys in the UK "holiday" means vacation... Thanksgiving is just a great day to spend with family and friends and lots and lots of foods... That's a lot of "ands" Merry Christmas!

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  24. I didn't have any leftovers. The joys of not having Thanksgiving at my house! But I did see a cool recipe for turkey cranberry quesadillas.

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    1. Lucky you! That quesadilla recipe sounds delish! Thanks for stopping by Lauren!

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  25. What a great idea, this sounds delicious!

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  26. Making soup - definitely the best way to use up leftovers and it makes your house smell so good!

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    1. It is! Thanks for stopping by Anita ;o)

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  27. Yum! This looks perfect for the (somewhat) cold weather we've been having here in So Cal :)

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