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Turkey Lentil Soup

Updated on August 17, 2017
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It seems as if we have turkey quite often at my house and when we do I always follow it up with a hearty pot of turkey soup. Today I decided to make Turkey Lentil Soup seeing that it's still quite cold out and we are in the middle of yet another snowstorm.

Please note that although this soup was made with turkey it can easily be made the exact same way using a chicken. If you prefer to you can make this using broth along with the turkey or chicken and omit boiling the carcass altogether.


Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: Just over an hour

Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients

  • Turkey or chicken carcass
  • canola oil
  • 1 medium cooking onion chopped
  • 3 ribs of celery chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 2 Tbs. of powdered chicken broth
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced or diced
  • 1 cup of rinsed dried lentils
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • a good size pinch of thyme
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Turkey or chicken meat

Instructions

  1. Start by placing the carcass in the bottom of a stock pot or Dutch oven, and covering it in fresh cold water.
  2. Over medium-high heat bring the water to a boil and cook for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the broth is in the making you can prepare your onion, celery ribs, and garlic clove.
  4. Remove as much of the carcass as possible and strain the broth into a bowl setting the carcass aside to cool.
  5. In the bottom of the pot over medium to high heat add enough canola oil to coat the pot.
  6. To the pot add the celery, onion, and garlic cooking for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the reserved broth back into the pot or Dutch oven.
  8. Measure and rinse one cup of lentils and add them to the broth along with the carrots, diced tomatoes, powdered chicken broth, and spices. Cook over medium high heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  9. While this is cooking remove as much of the meat off the carcass as possible and set aside.
  10. If you find that the soup is too thick you may want to add more broth to the pot.
  11. About ten minutes before you plan to serve the soup add your meat to the pot and stir.
  12. Serve and ENJOY!
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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: Lentils are great aren't they.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I often add a half cup of lentils into my soups for that little added goodness. They are great protein.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Zeross4: I make a lentil salad too that is pretty tasty :) Hope you enjoy the soup.

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      Renee Dixon 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I've never tried lentil soup, but in my effort to eat healthier I am going to give it a try!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SteveKaye: The next time I make this soup I'll send you a bowl :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: I hope that you enjoy it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @marsha32: That's a good thing right :)

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      This looks really delicious. Can you e-mail me a taste?

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I really enjoy a hearty and healthy bowl of lentil soup and like that your recipe is a bit different than most so will surely be trying it soon.

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      oh gosh....you always make me so hungry.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: I would love to do that someday :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Mary Crowther: Oh for sure don't forget the dessert :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks!

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      I love lentils. Will have to give this a try.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      You should open your own soup bistro. I would eat there every day.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I could live on soup (with dessert of course) and this sounds so delicious!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      looks great, as usual another great recipe from you Susan

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @aka-rms: Just now finished dinner and I hope that you enjoy the recipe as much as we did.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: One year we actually had pizza for Easter dinner. Isn't that terrible. We were renovating at the time and no one wanted to take a break to cook a big meal. Most years we have ham a roast leg of lamb.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I always want to come to your house when I ready your recipes! This sounds so good on our windy day here. Not sure what sounds best for Easter. Usually we'd have ham, but trying to mix it up some these days.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks! Come on over for a bowl. :)

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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