Turkey Minestrone Soup-a cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients.

Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

I hope you saved your bones! Here’s a hearty and delicious recipe for Turkey Minestrone Soup made with the left-over bird from your Thanksgiving day feast, along with simple pantry staples. The scratch-made turkey stock will make you feel you’ve done your bird right, not letting any of its goodness go to waste.  This recipe can also be made with store-bought chicken or turkey stock.

Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

How to make Turkey Stock

It takes about 2-3 hours to simmer the turkey stock and develop its flavor, so do this part over the weekend. But once the stock is made, the minestrone itself can be made in 35 minutes flat. The stock can be frozen or kept in the fridge for 5-7 days until you are ready to use.

I made the flavorful turkey stock today as I lazied around in my slippers and pajamas, recovering from last night’s festivities. It’s uncomplicated and hands-off.

Of course, if you would like to make it a touch more complicated, feel free to roast the bones and veggies before adding to the pot of water. This will deepen and add complexity to the stock.  I admittedly did not do this, feeling a bit lazy and slow today.

Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

What you’ll need:

This recipe calls for one cup pasta ( remember you can always use gluten-free pasta) and 1 can of beans, here I used cannellini, but  really most any bean will work, even lentils, so use what you have on hand. And of course you can use dry, soaked & cooked beans….heirloom beans are especially good.  If using canned beans, always be sure to rinse them.

Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

I kept the vegetables pretty traditional here- carrots, onions and celery with a handful of lacinato kale to boost the nutrients.

Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com   Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

Hope you are having a relaxing and joy-filled holiday weekend.

More Turkey Recipes you may enjoy:

Chicken (or Turkey) Enchiladas with Black Beans

Roasted Turkey Breast with Rosemary and Garlic

Thai Turkey Burger Recipe w/ Asian Slaw

Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cranberry Mustard

 

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Turkey Minestrone Soup- A cozy soup to make the day after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and simple pantry ingredients. | www.feasingathome.com

Turkey Minestrone Soup


Description

A hearty Minestrone Soup using leftover Thanksgiving Turkey with baby pasta shells, cannellini beans and kale.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced,cut into half-moons
  • 2 celery stocks, thinly sliced
  • 6 fat garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme- or sub dried oregano and/or dried basil
  • 6 cups flavorful turkey Stock ( see below)or use chicken stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes ( 1 ½ cups) and their juices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 cup pasta like little shells ( or use GF pasta)
  • 1 can cannellini beans ( rinsed and drained) or use white beans, pinto or cooked heirloom beans
  • 12 cups turkey meat
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or GF Braggs Liquid Amino
  • pinch cayenne
  • Handful Tuscan or Lacinato Kale
  • Garnish- fresh parsley, basil ribbons, lemon zest, drizzle olive oil and/ or grated parmesan or romano
  • Turkey Stock
  • 5 lbs Turkey bones ( legs, ribs, carcass, neck)
  • 1 onion
  • 6 smashed garlic
  • 12 carrots, rough chopped
  • 12 celery stalks, rough chopped
  • 1015 peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • fresh herb sprigs ( thyme, rosemary sage) optional
  • Water

Instructions

To make the stock:

  1. Place turkey bones- legs, ribs and carcass in a large pot.
  2. Add a sliced onion, 6 smashed garlic cloves, celery, carrot, peppercorns, bay leaves and a few sprigs fresh herbs. If you have other veggie scraps, feel free to add.
  3. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches.
  4. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer very gently, for about 2 hours, skimming the surface every 30-40 minutes. Cook until stock is flavorful. Strain.
  5. To remove more fat, chill and fat will rise to the top and harden for easy removal.

To make Minestrone:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over med- high heat.
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook 6-8 minutes, stirring often, cooking until onion begins to brown, turning heat to medium if necessary.
  3. Add thyme, 6 cups turkey stock, tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling add 1 cup pasta ( don’t be tempted to add more), beans and turkey meat.
  5. Cook 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked. Add kale and stir to wilt.
  6. Taste for salt, add soy sauce for depth, and pinch cayenne for a little heat.
  7. Divide among bowls, sprinkle with fresh parsley or basil ribbons, a drizzle of olive oil, lemon zest or grated parmesan.

Notes

Soup will keep 3-4 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ½ cups
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 1364.6 mg
  • Fat: 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.2 g
  • Fiber: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 25.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 51.6 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Fabulous! This is so easy, fast and healthy. Thank you!

    My personal tip – I prefer to cook the pasta separately and add it to bowls just before ladling the soup. It seems to keep the pasta from getting too mushy if there’s leftovers.

  2. This is a wonderful soup. I’m making it again and wonder if spinach would work instead of kale? Thank you.

  3. Made this for quests the day after Thanksgiving and it was a Huge success! Served with small Turkey sandwiches on homemade sourdough rolls. Delicious!
    Thanks so much for all the great recipes you share.

  4. By turkey meat do you mean cooked turkey? Also, what could replace the celery in the soup? Family doesn’t care for it. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for a great soup! I love the lovely garnishing tips you provide. I would not have thought to add lemon zest and it was delicious! Thanks so much! Happy holidays!

  6. This recipe is fabulous and delicious! It’s the best way to use leftover turkey. It’s definitely a keeper!
    Mirtha J from Miami Lakes, FL

  7. This was a delicious change to my turkey rice soup.
    I’m so glad I found you. I’ve used many of your recipes and love the interesting new ways to cook vegetarian as well as ways to adapt to the non-vegetarians!
    Best to you, your family and all your subscribers for a healthy 2021!

  8. Perfect Saturday afternoon lunch and great way to utilize leftover turkey. I served this with a toasted baguette with warm garlic confit! Tasty!!

  9. This was amazing, boiled the carcass from 26 pound roasted turkey that had been dry brined 3 days prior to roasting. Thank you again sylvia and happy holidays! 🌲

  10. I have made this soup several times this fall with rotisserie chicken meat and boxed chicken stock. I add a parmesan rind to the soup and serve it with rosemary bread. Delicious!

  11. I made this yesterday and it was a big hit! It was the perfect ending to a day filled with settting up my mom’s Christmas tree and putting up her exterior lights. My mom even sent me home with her (frozen) turkey carcass from Thanksgiving so that I could make some more.

  12. First of all, your photography is beautiful! I love how vibrant the colors are. I also love this recipe for soup. What a great way to use leftover turkey!

  13. Looks lovely, yummy, and nutritious. Definitely a keeper for the recipe box 😉 . Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!