I can’t get enough turkey with all the yummy side dishes that go with it. I always want leftovers, but sometimes there’s not enough to fill a plate with slices of meat with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. I have developed a recipe for a very tasty turkey and vegetable soup that is quick and easy to make. You can turn a small amount of turkey leftovers into 8 servings of this soup. I use my crock pot so I can throw all the ingredients in not have to baby sit a big pot on the stove.
This is what you need:
Turkey leftovers – as much as you want to throw in
1 – 12 oz package of mixed vegetables. I like the carrot, broccoli, cauliflower blend but you can use any mix you like.
About 10 Fingerling potatoes. The purple, red and yellow colors of these small potatoes give the soup a festive look. You can also use any other kind of potato that is readily available.
1 shallot or small onion
3 cloves of garlic
8 cups of water
8 teaspoons of chicken base. See the photo for my favorite brand. It is a concentrated paste instead of the dry bullion cubes. I think it has better flavor.
1 teaspoon each of the following dried spices; Thyme, Rosemary and Marjoram
3 bay leaves
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper (optional)
1/8 teaspoon of salt (optional). I use the low sodium chicken base, so I add a small amount of salt. If you use the full sodium chicken base, do not add salt. There is plenty of salt in the base already.
This is how you prepare your soup:
*Pour the water in the crock pot, add the chicken base
*Chop the fingerling potatoes, garlic, and shallot, add to the crock pot. Add vegetables.
*Add all of the spices
*Set your crock pot on high for the soup to be finished in about 6 hours or on low if you are going to be at work all day and need a longer cooking time.
*Stir the soup to make sure the chicken base is thoroughly dissolved and evenly spread in the soup. Add the turkey leftovers when the soup in finished. Since the turkey is already cooked, all you need to do is heat it up. It won’t take long to get hot when the soup is finished and at maximum heat.
*Let your finished soup cool then serve with crusty bread or my favorite, pita chips and hummus.
This soup is great as a stand alone vegetable soup too. You don’t need turkey to enjoy it all year round.