Turkey soup is a hearty and delicious meal that can be made with leftover turkey meat. On a nice snowy and blustery day, roast a whole turkey or a good-sized turkey breast to enjoy a wonderful family dinner that night. Instead of the traditional turkey sandwiches on the following days, whip up a stockpot of Hearty Homemade Turkey Soup with the leftovers. While this recipe is designed for leftover turkey, chicken would also work well.
Cut spaghetti is perfect for soup. It is available for purchase in the pasta aisle at the market. Barilla is a common brand that is readily available. Egg noodles would also work in this recipe and are a bit more of a classic choice for homemade turkey of chicken soup.
The aroma of homemade soup wafts through the house and warms you before the first bite. Serve with a loaf of fresh, crusty bread to soak up the wonderfully delicious broth to finish up the meal.
Hearty Homemade Turkey Soup
- 2 quarts turkey or chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 medium carrots, cut into coins
- 1/2 bag (8 ounces) frozen peas
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped
- 1 small bag fresh baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
- 4 ounces cut spaghetti (can be purchased in pasta aisle at market)
- 3 to 4 cups leftover turkey, cubed
- 1 small bag baby spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a stockpot over medium heat, melt butter.
- Add prepared onion, garlic, carrots, peas, celery and parsley. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
- Add turkey or chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Stir in cut spaghetti and turkey. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Add in baby spinach to wilt.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Serves 4 to 6.