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How to Make the Delicious Turkey Soup in 5 Simple Steps

Updated on December 30, 2013

Healthy and Delicious Homemade Turkey Soup

It's much easier and simpler than you might think to make Turkey Soup or Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. And it's also the perfect way to stretch your food budget just a little bit further by making use of the entire turkey or chicken. Just boil up the Chicken or Turkey Carcass with some vegetables and seasoning to make the base for your Easy Soup. Then, cut up some veggies and cook them in your broth with some meat and grain of some sort. Soon you'll have the Best Chicken Soup or Turkey Soup you've probably ever had. It's not only delicious, but it's healthy as well. This Low-Fat Recipe is one that your family is sure to love.

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Step #1: Cook your Turkey or Chicken

The first thing you need to do it roast your turkey (or whole chicken) and enjoy it. Save all the little bits and pieces like skin or bones that you'd normally throw away. If you want your turkey soup to be even more delicious, don't throw away the pan that you roasted it in either, you'll need that for later. And, you can leave a bit of meat on the bones if you want some chunky pieces in your soup. I don't use the turkey giblets in mine, although some do. The thought of it in not so appealing to me.

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Step #2: Make your Delicious Turkey Broth

Put your carcass, skin and bones into a big pot. Pour water in so it cover it completely. If not, don't worry. Then add the following:

-onions, peeled and 1/2'ed

-celery, the leafy tops are perfect for this

-carrots, 1/2'ed

-salt and pepper

-thyme and sage, or whatever seasoning you like

Simmer away for at least a few hours, more is better.

Oh, and remember that roasting pan you saved? You can add a bit of water to that, boil for an hour or so and then add it to the main pot. Get all those extra flavors!

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Step #3: Store your Turkey or Chicken broth

You'll probably have way more turkey broth than you want to use for soup, and/or not be making soup the same day you made broth. This is no problem. Just take your broth off the heat for a couple hours and let it cool down. At this point, you can pick out all those vegetables and turkey pieces. I break off any chunks of meat I can find and put them back into the pot. Discard all the rest of the stuff.

To store, you can just put the pot directly into the fridge if you plan on using it all to make soup. If not, you can get Ziploc containers and put broth into them to store in your freezer. I pull them out later and use them for any soups, stews, or sauces that I make. It's much more delicious with a bit of homemade stock in it. Or, if you have plans for your stock, just put it into the fridge and it will keep for a few days.

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Step #4: Add Vegetables and Grains to your Turkey Broth

It's very simple to make turkey soup.

I fry up chopped onion, carrot, celery, potato, garlic in some butter or oil in a pot. Then, I add turkey stock, and any leftover turkey I want to use. Add salt, pepper, and fresh parsley to taste. Simmer for a couple of hours.

You can add some rice or barley about with about an hour left in cooking time. If you want to add pasta, it only takes about 15 minutes to cook.

You can also add some frozen peas or corn for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

That's it! So easy.

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Step #5: Enjoy your soup

Your family will love it I'm sure! If you don't eat it all, put it in the fridge and it will keep for a few days. Send it to school or work and heat it up in the microwave. Or, put it in single serving size containers in the freezer and pull it out when you're short on time.

What do you put in your Turkey Soup?

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No time to make your Homemade Broth?

You can buy pre-made broth, while not as delicious as making your own, it will do. If you make your own soup with it, it will still be far more delicious than getting something out of a can. My recommendations are below.

Have you ever made Turkey or Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Before?

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    • pixelposy profile image

      pixelposy 6 years ago

      This is part of our Thanksgiving tradition. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your lens just made my mouth water :)

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      This looks delicious!