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Turkey Soup for the Soul

Updated on January 1, 2010

Turkey Soup

Delicious Turkey Soup
Delicious Turkey Soup

Turkey Soup for the Soul

To me nothing is as welcoming a dish on these cold winter days a good, healthy heartwarming soup and this Turkey soup is right up there with the best of them. Its perfect for a starter or lunch and is complimented well with fresh rustic bread. I strongly recommend making your own stock although if you want to save time you can also buy it. For those of you who want to take that little extra time to make your own stock, here are the directions I use for mine:

  • Carcass of a 6lb Turkey
  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1large carrot (chopped)
  • 1 celery stalk (chopped)
  • 10 cups of water
  • good pinch of salt and pepper

Now all you really need to do is throw the ingredients into a pan, bring to the boil and then simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Then sieve the stock and discard the carcass and veg. You can skim the fat directly from the top of the stock or if you have time, let cool, refrigerate and then the fat will have solidified on the surface of the stock. Then you can simply remove the fat.

For the soup the following ingredients are required:

  • 4 cups of Turkey stock
  • 1 large leek (sliced)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 1 celery stalk (sliced)
  • 1 large carrot (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of sweet peas
  • 1 cup of cooked Turkey
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1tbsp non-sweetened butter
  • 4-5 sage leaves (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon thyme
  • salt and pepper

First, add the olive oil to a pan on high heat for about 30 seconds before adding the butter. When the butter has melted introduce the onion and cook until soft (3-4 mins). Then add the carrots, peas and leeks and cook for a further 3 mins, stirring occasionally. Next, add the Turkey and the celery and cook for 2 mins before adding the stock. Bring the stock to the boil then cover and simmer for 35-45 mins (reducing heat to medium/low), stirring occasionally. With around 5 mins of cook time remaining add the herbs and stir, this will ensure the best flavor. Next, sit down and enjoy!!

Serve with a rustic bread.

Serves 3-4


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    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Lamme profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks so good! I'll have to bookmark this and come back. Thanks :)


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