Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: 7 Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes
There are lots of delicious things you can do with leftover turkey.
You can use it to make turkey sandwiches, salads, and casseroles or to top pizzas or fill quesadillas. Anything you might do with leftover chicken can be substituted with turkey.
But my favorite thing to make with leftover turkey is a big pot of turkey soup – especially turkey noodle soup.
The best tasting soup is made with homemade stock from the bones of your leftover turkey carcass, along with a chopped onion, carrot and couple stalks of celery. Just put everything in a large soup pot along with enough fresh water to cover everything up. Heat to boiling and then lower the heat to a simmer. Skim off any foam that comes to the surface and then partially cover and let simmer for several hours.
The Skinny on Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
If you want, you can add some herbs such thyme, parsley or bay leaf after skimming. Then carefully strain the stock through a fine strainer and discard the solids. You don’t really need a recipe to make homemade stock or broth. Just use what you have.
But if you’re more comfortable following a recipe, here’s a more detailed recipe for making homemade turkey broth in your crock pot.
And of course, you can skip the stock making step altogether and use boxed broth instead!
Here’s my recipe for a simple soup using leftover turkey. It’s essentially the same as the one I use for chicken noodle soup.
This time, I added a couple handfuls of frozen peas near the end to give it a dash of color.
How Many Calories/WW Points in this Skinny Chicken Noodle Soup?
According to my calculations, each 1-cup serving has 197 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe Variations
Turkey Rice Soup: Substitute 1/2 cup regular long grain white rice for the uncooked noodles. Add the rice with the vegetables. cover and simmer about until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the turkey and heat until it’s hot.
Turkey Noodle Vegetable Soup: Add 1/2 cup each frozen peas and corn or 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables with noodles and turkey.
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Simple Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe
- 4 cups turkey stock or chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (2 cups)
- 4 medium celery stalks, sliced (2 cups)
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup uncooked medium egg noodles
- 2-1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley, if desired
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat turkey stock, water, carrots, celery and onion to boiling.
- Lower heat, cover and simmer until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the noodles and turkey and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer, uncovered until noodles are tender, about 8 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
7 More Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes:
Here are more 7 delicious looking turkey soup recipes from the web. I intend to try them all in the coming months, since soup is one of my favorite foods for eating well and staying slim. Most are broth-based, but I had to include a creamy one with wild rice since it’s a family favorite.
And remember, you could always substitute leftover turkey for any soup recipe calling for chicken.
Crock Pot Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup
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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Leftovers Soup
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Rio Grande Turkey Soup
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Post-Turkey Day Posole
This posole, or spicy Mexican stew, is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Top with shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, cilantro, and lime wedges. (Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.)
Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
This is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup that hails from Minnesota (Eating Well).
Light & Healthy Wild Rice Soup
This slow cooker wild rice soup may not win any beauty contests, but it is an easy, healthy and deliciously satisfying one-pot meal, perfect in cold weather.
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