Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Soup

Mmmmmmm Thanksgiving :) Probably my favorite meal of the year. I love when mom sends me home with Tupperware filled with the yummy goodness. This year after partaking in Thanksgiving meal number 3, I decided to try something new with some of my leftovers. I saw a lady do this on TV and it looked yummy… so I made my own version.

First I gathered all my leftovers and some chicken broth. You could also make your own Turkey stock by boiling your carcass in water for several hours and saving the drippings from when you originally cooked it. My mom is making turkey noodle soup with ours, so I just used chicken broth.

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Since I had some onions, garlic and carrots in my fridge I decided to get a little fancy with my soup :) I chopped up some carrot, onion, and garlic and started by sautéing them in some olive oil until they were starting to soften and get some color. I would have used celery if I had it, but I didn’t, so since I had some celery seed in my spice rack I threw in a little for flavor.

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After that I deglazed the pan by adding my chicken broth, or you could use your turkey broth if you make it. That would be super yummy. I brought that to a boil and then dumped Thanksgiving into the pot. Now I may have just lost you on that step… but no you read me right. Dump Thanksgiving in the pot. Everything goes in. The leftover turkey (I used the dark meat hat we don’t like as much and gave mine a rough chop), green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing, and even the gravy.

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I added some extra spices at this point. A few dashes of oregano, Italian seasoning, thyme, rosemary, parsley. I don’t really think it matters… I just started putting things in that sounded like they would belong in a soup :)

“WHAT?!!??!” you say.

“Trust me” I say in response.

Let it simmer for about 20 minuets and……


mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm everything that is yummy about Thanksgiving all in one delicious soup. You can even use your rolls to eat with the soup. (you thought I forgot about the rolls didn’t you)

It doesn’t sound like it should work… but boy it does.



  1. You definitely had us on "doesn't sound like it should work" but nice post Julie. Somehow I think leftover jello salad wouldn't work with this recipe. :)

  2. no I suppose it wouldn't... but hey you could try :) and isn't Jello Salad more of a dessert rather than Thanksgiving dinner?