Holiday Soup

December 11, 2013

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When your holiday leftovers are begging to be morphed into something new, this soup is your answer! It’s packed with vegetables (the ones you are likely to have on hand) and you can use any protein you have leftover – turkey, chicken, ham or beans. We used Thanksgiving turkey breast to make our soup, and added whole wheat pasta shells for a hearty spoonful.

You’ll need just 12 ingredients. On the first day of Christmas my recipe gave to me…



























Now that you have the ingredients, here’s the recipe:

Holiday Turkey Soup

by Kath Younger

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • 5 slices leftover turkey breast or other meat (about 1.5 cups)
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 9 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 10 big mushrooms (any kind) chopped, about 2 cups
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced (to taste)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (or about 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 7 cups of broth of your choice
  • 8 ounces pasta shape of your choice
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish


Heat cooking oil in a stock pot over medium high.

Add carrots and celery and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic, turkey and mushrooms and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add broth and bring to a boil.

Add pasta and reduce to a simmer for about 12 minutes, until pasta is done.

Stir in fresh herbs.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon into bowls and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.







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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth December 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

This soups look fabulous! Something easy to make for those cold nights in the winter! Thanks for sharing!


2 Sanaz@runforcake December 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

Recipe looks great but most impressive, the recipe to the tube if a song! I love this. The less ingredients, the better. Keep it simple and fresh. Yum!


3 mary @ minutes per mile December 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

love the font for turkey! haha.
i also made soup with my leftover turkey, and it turned out so delicious! thanks for sharing!


4 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the grains for your brain project! And this soup looks fantastic! Love the holiday theme as well as those BIG pasta shells! Such a fun variety to eat!


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ah that pasta looks delicious! Haha did you adapt the ingredients you used to fit the song or did it just work out like that? Too cute!


6 KathEats December 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

I had the idea early on and made it fit. :)


7 Tonya December 11, 2013 at 8:38 am

Oh my gosh how very very cute! LOL It makes me think I can totally make this soup! And soup is so adjustable–no hard and fast measurements needed.


8 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner December 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

What a cute recipe!


9 Sarah December 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Soup looks good, we had something similar but used cheese filled tortellini in place of pasta. But the real question is…did you add all that garlic to your pot? I didn’t think you liked garlic all that much.


10 KathEats December 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Cooked into a soup is fine. I just don’t care for it raw very much.


11 Matt December 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

Haha, awesome post!


12 Ali @ Peaches and Football December 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

Maze – you’re so adorable!!!

The soup looks wonderful. It’s so cold here now that anything warm is an absolute must!! That and I just love healthy and tasty soups.


13 Melissa December 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yum, looks so comforting and satisfying! The ideal winter soup!


14 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

CUTE post! Very creative! And the soup sounds delicious and comforting too.


15 Paula December 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

Traditionally I put my entire turkey carcass in a pot to simmer the day after Thanksgiving. Then I strain the broth and make soup. It is so good! This year I was recovering from surgery so the whole thing went in the freezer. My two sons were here to help make the Thanksgiving meal. I raised two boys who love to cook as much as I do. Today might be a good day to throw it in the pot. It’s cold outside.


16 Julie Rosene December 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

Sounds delicious and totally adaptable to ingredients on hand. Thanks for reminding me to make soup!


17 casey December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

You’re so cute! I love your Christmas recipe song :)


18 Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness December 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

You always have such cute Christmas post idea… I remember the “Twas’ Days before christmas” story post from last year! That still holds as my favorite post! :)


19 joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

That soup look FABULOUS! Usually turkey soup doesn’t seem appealing to me, but this one seems so yummy.


20 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Yum! What a great (and simple) way to use up all that leftover turkey. It would probably be just as good with Christmas/easter ham too!


21 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

This is my go to soup — it always hits the spot!


22 Amy December 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

This soup looks delicious- I love creative leftovers! How long would you say that leftover turkey is generally good for? My mother never kept it past the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have often wondered if she was just paranoid, but I’m too chicken (turkey??) to find out. I know I could always freeze it but that doesn’t always turn out the greatest either. Thanks!


23 KathEats December 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I’m not really sure, but a few days at most.


24 Amelia December 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Looks delicious! And I especially love the baby ingredient :)


25 Sarah (Kale & Cupcakes) December 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

I love these kinds of soups! So satisfying on a cold day. And I love that you added parmesan on top. I find that i finish almost all my soups with some sort of salty cheese. Delicious. 😀


26 Lara December 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

This soup looks so good! I saw the entry on your blog today and immediately bought the ingredients. Since I don’t have leftover turkey or chicken I bought a couple of chicken fillets I’ll slice and throw into the pot early on. Hope this works too!


27 Lara December 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Me again! I made this tonight and I loved it. Nice simple soup with easy ingredients. Thanks!


28 Emily @ Life on Food December 17, 2013 at 5:49 am

Hehe, I made a little song reading your ingredient list. Happy Holidays!


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