I love Thanksgiving. I love roasted turkey dinners, with mashed potatoes and carrots. I love getting together with the family and just hanging out. And I love it because I basically don’t have to cook for a few days.
Both my parents and my in-laws live within 10 mins of us. That means we get 2 Thanksgiving dinners (2 of any holiday dinners actually. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter etc.). So I get to enjoy all the yumminess of the turkey dinner without actually having to make it. I might make a side or dessert, but that’s nothing when 80% of the meal is made by someone else. And the best part is the leftovers!
I love leftovers. But after a couple of days of turkey dinner, I’m starting to look for another way to use my leftover turkey meat (remember I get leftovers from 2 dinners, which is like half a turkey worth of meat). One of my personal favourite ways to use leftover meat is to make turkey noodle soup.
I’m not a big soup person, but I adore eating turkey noodle soup. It’s healthy, warm comfort food. And it’s so easy to make. It’s also great to freeze for later in the winter when I need a quick and easy meal. This year I doubled this recipe and froze half in 2 portions. A little tip: don’t add the pasta to the freezer soup. Freezing breaks down the pasta and makes it mushy.
- 2L Chicken broth (I like a low sodium variety, you can always add more salt, but you can’t take it out)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups turkey, cooked and chopped (using leftovers! Dark or White meat is fine)
- 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups corn, frozen or fresh
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp thymes
- 1 1/4 pasta, uncooked
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, combine all the ingredients except the pasta. Stir until well mixed
- Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then reduce to a medium heat for about an hour.
- Now you can either throw your pasta into the soup about 6-8 minutes before you eat it, or you can make in on the side in a separate pot. I usually do it on the side because we rarely eat a whole batch in one sitting and I find the pasta goes soggy the next day. I also find pasta on the side is best if you plan to freeze some. Cooked pasta just doesn’t survive the freeze, thaw, reheat process very well.
- Add pasta to hot soup and enjoy!
Classic Turkey noodle soup is really that easy! Throw the ingredients in a pot, simmer and enjoy. It’s one of my favourite ways to use up leftover turkey meat. You can also easily substitute chicken for turkey and make a delicious Chicken noodle soup.
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