[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”45 min” cook_time=”2 hrs” serves=”8″ details=”” ]
One of the best parts of roasting a turkey is making a big pot of soup from the rest of the bird. If you’re not roasting a bird, use low-sodium canned chicken broth instead of the homemade stock. Add winter vegetables and chestnuts for a satisfying, healthy meal.
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- 2 pounds cooked turkey breast (boneless)
- 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 large turnips, peeled and chopped
- 4 large celery stalks, chopped
- 6 ounces pearl onions, peeled
- 1 cup pearl barley
- 8 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved or chopped
- 1 cup coarsely chopped chestnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
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- 1 turkey carcass (from at least a 12-pound bird) or 5 pounds turkey parts, on bone
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 large celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 10 sprigs each fresh parsley and thyme
- 1 large bay leaf
- 12 black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon salt
[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”2 hours, 45 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Begin by making the stock. Break up the turkey carcass, discarding any skin, and place in an 8-quart stockpot. Add enough cold water to cover (about 12 cups), and bring to a boil over high heat; skim off any foam with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining ingredients for the stock and return to a full boil. [/step-item]
[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Lower the heat and simmer the stock gently, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours. Strain and discard the bones and vegetables (you need 9 cups stock). Skim off any fat and return the stock to the stockpot. [/step-item]
[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] To make the soup, return the stock to a boil. Remove the skin from the turkey breast and cut the turkey into bite-size pieces (you need 6 cups). Add the turkey to the stockpot, along with the carrots, turnips, celery, onions, and barley. Simmer the soup, uncovered, until the barley is tender, about 30 minutes. [/step-item]
[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add the sprouts and chestnuts and simmer just until the sprouts are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve steaming hot. [/step-item] [/step-list-wrapper]
[nutrition-info calories=”302″ calories_fat=”” fat=”2g” sat_fat=”0g” choles=”0mg” sodium=”95mg” carbs=”33g” sugars=”” protein=”3g” fiber=”6g”]
In-a-hurry turkey soup: Substitute 9 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth for the homemade turkey stock. Pour the broth into the stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Proceed by adding and cooking the vegetables.
Vegetable garden turkey soup: Substitute 1 cup uncooked white rice for the barley. Omit the sprouts and chestnuts; add 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas and 1 cup chopped tomatoes. Simmer 10 minutes more if using fresh peas (only 5 minutes more for frozen peas).
Turkey noodle soup: Omit the barley, sprouts, and chestnuts. Decrease the cooking time from 30 minutes to 15 minutes. Add 1 cup uncooked angel hair pasta and 1 cup chopped red bell pepper. Return to a boil and cook until pasta is tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley, then top with 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts.