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November 20, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: leftover turkey soup recipes

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After Thanksgiving -- after the turkey, after the stuffing, after the potatoes and green beans, after the pie -- comes the dilemma: what to do with all of those leftovers? First, make turkey stock from the carcass, an onion, and a couple of carrots. Then, if you have courage, throw all of the leftovers into a pot with a bit of that stock, and soup will happen. It will. I promise.

Seven soup recipes that use leftover turkey caught my eye this week:

Leftover turkey and sweet potato soup with black beans and lime, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Spicy turkey soup with yogurt, chickpeas and mint, from Simply Recipes

Creamy Mexican turkey soup, from

Turkey curry soup with brown rice, from Je Mange la Ville

Turkey soup where the leftover stuffing -- not the turkey -- gets to be the star, from CityMama

Leftover turkey lemon soup, from From Ketchup to Chutney

Turkey, wild rice and cannellini bean soup, from Kahakai Kitchen

Find more delicious leftover turkey soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


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Posted by: Adele in N. Minn. | November 20, 2010 at 09:00 AM

I've made the turkey with sweet potato, black beans, and lime, twice. My husband and I liked it very much, so I made it again for a family gathering, with good results. Leftovers in freezer, awaiting another lunchtime.

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | November 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Adele, so glad to hear you liked my recipe for the Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime that Lydia mentioned. And Lydia, so timely. I'm making turkey soup today, but not sure what kind!

Posted by: Teresa in North Carolina | November 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I recently had a soup "marathon" of sorts when I was getting over a sinus infection and couldn't taste much of anything: Monday - chicken noodles soup; Tuesday - potato soup, Friday - beef, barley, and vegetable soup; Sunday - vegetarian butternut squash soup. We had a Soup Lunch fundraiser on Nov. 16 at my office: about 12 crock pots of soup and chili for lunch along with crackers, toppings, drinks and cookies all for a donation to the Relay for Life cause. I contributed the butternut squash soup. Over $800 was raised in just 2 hours!

Posted by: Lydia | November 21, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Adele and Kalyn: I've made the soup too!

Teresa, having a soup fundraiser is a great idea. My friend Michelle did that in California, partnering with a ceramics place to make and decorate the soup bowls.

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