Classic Turkey Noodle Soup

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Classic Turkey Noodle Soup

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.

Turkey Noodle Soup RecipeBoth 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.

Classic Turkey Noodle Soup RecipeIngredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients except the pasta. Stir until well mixed
  2. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then reduce to a medium heat for about an hour.
  3. 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.
  4. Add pasta to hot soup and enjoy!

Turkey Noodle Soup RecipeClassic 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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