Monday, November 12, 2012

With Thanksgiving coming up most people are thinking about what they will make for the big day…..we spend most of our time dreaming of the day after. Nope – not talking about leftover turkey sandwiches (although those are super yummy =-) I am talking about our Thanksgiving Leftover Soup. This soup is so good we are known to make turkey just to get to make this soup!! Seriously!!!
Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

How to Make Turkey Broth from Scratch

Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

First you put the turkey carcass (with some meat still on it) in a large stock pot and cover it with water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a couple hours. You are making homemade turkey broth! (No mgs or artificial nonsense!)

Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
Pull out the carcass and put it in a strainer. Let it cool a little bit so you can touch it without burning your hands. The meat will just “melt” right off it! Pull off meat and with your fingers (checking carefully for bones) and put aside. I get about 4 cups of meat from our turkey carcass – and we pick it pretty clean for dinner! Note: Make sure you check the broth for meat that came off during boiling. Put it aside as well. DO NOT DISCARD BROTH!

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Thanksgiving Leftover Soup

Next chop up 1 large onion, 4-5 ribs celery, 4-5 carrots, and 4 cloves garlic.

Thanksgiving Leftover Soup

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a stock pot. Add veggies and sauté over medium/high heat until tender.  (5-7 minutes)

Family Favorite Winter Soup Recipe

Add 1/3 cup flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The flour is going to thicken up your soup. You need to cook to loose the powder flavor!

Family Favorite Winter Soup Recipe

Gradually add 8-10 cups turkey broth to you veggies.  Add 1/4 teas thyme, 1/2 teas parsley, 1/4 teas pepper, 1/2 teas salt, and 1/4 cup sherry (optional – note alcohol cooks off!). Bring to a boil.

Best soup recipe ever

Add 2 cups+ cooked wild rice to the stock pot.
Note: I use turkey broth instead of water to make the wild rice as it adds more flavor! I make 2 cups dry wild rice which = more than 2 cups cooked.

As wild rice takes about 20-30 minutes to cook I recommend starting it as soon as you begin sautéing your veggies.
Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

At the same time as you add the rice, add 2 cups half and half and reserved 4 cups of turkey to the stock pot and simmer 20 minutes to blend flavor. Serve warm with good dipping bread – YUMMY!

Our Families Favorite Soup

This makes a LOT of wonderful soup and is a real penny pincher! We usually freeze a pitcher worth and still have soup for 2+ meals.  As the rice will absorb the liquid as it sits you may want to add additional turkey broth the next day when reheating to make it “soupier”. If not it will be a thick stew – equally yummy in my opinion =-)
This recipe was tweaked from a recipe my neighbor Tyra shared with me.

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  1. That sounds delicious! I just made Pioneer Woman's chicken and rice soup, which is a lot like this, but the addition of the half-and-half and wild rice vs. white rice would make this one even better!

  2. Does it need to cook after you bring it to a boil? Or do you add the rice and half and half when it comes to a boil? And do you put the turkey in it?

  3. Robin Harris,

    Add the rice, half and half, and turkey at the same time (after it boils) and let it simmer for 20 minutes to blend flavor.

    Sorry if that wasn't clear!!
    Beth =-)

  4. we're having a recipe share on a social site I'm going to share your post with them. Sounds yummy.

  5. This looks delicious. My family loves soup in November! I'll try this. Renee


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