Turkey Lentil Soup
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.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: Just over an hour
Serves: 4-6 people
- 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
- Start by placing the carcass in the bottom of a stock pot or Dutch oven, and covering it in fresh cold water.
- Over medium-high heat bring the water to a boil and cook for at least 30 minutes.
- While the broth is in the making you can prepare your onion, celery ribs, and garlic clove.
- Remove as much of the carcass as possible and strain the broth into a bowl setting the carcass aside to cool.
- In the bottom of the pot over medium to high heat add enough canola oil to coat the pot.
- To the pot add the celery, onion, and garlic cooking for 5 minutes.
- Add the reserved broth back into the pot or Dutch oven.
- 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.
- While this is cooking remove as much of the meat off the carcass as possible and set aside.
- If you find that the soup is too thick you may want to add more broth to the pot.
- About ten minutes before you plan to serve the soup add your meat to the pot and stir.
- Serve and ENJOY!
I have a set of these and I think they are so cute. I always have them on the table for Christmas, Easter, and when I am serving turkey soup.
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