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Turkey, Leek, Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

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Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Ooooooh my gosh. MAH-JOR food coma. Distended stomach last night. It wasn’t cool at all. At the last minute we gained my sister’s family for Thanksgiving, so I could quit whining about how no one wanted to come over. 12 is a pretty good sized dinner- right?

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

We capped a grotesque eat-a-thon with a rowdy game of wine fueled scrabble. I won. I freaking love scrabble. But my brother-in-law was close on my heels, and since English is like his 4th language, he probably should have won by de-fault or something.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Everyone was horrified by Pete and I as we shuffled everyone out at like 9:30. We were snoring by ten. We are so old and tired. That’s mostly how I feel today as I stare at the mess that used to be my kitchen. Old and tired. Which is why I am so glad that I can sip on this cozy soup that I made this past week, because I am a weird food blogger that makes Holidays several times over, not just on the holiday- you know. So this is Turkey-left-over soup, and it is wonderful.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

If you are anything like my super organized sister, you maybe took the carcass straight from the carving board and threw it directly into a stock pot with water? (For the record- I would never think to do this. I leave it in my fridge for days and take up all the room and then finally slop it into a too small pot. My sister is very efficient, and this was a very smart thing to do.) So once you have your stock and your turkey leftover chunks, you can make this great soup.

Ok- I will stop talking now. Too tired, must reserve energy for cleaning. Enjoy!

To make this soup, this is what you do:

In a large heavy pot set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and sprinkle with salt, and then sweat for about 5 minutes.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Add all of the rest of the vegetables and stir with the leeks and butter. Add the water to the vegetables, add a lid and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Add the Turkey Carcass and any pan drippings that are left to the pot. Add a lid to the pot and raise heat to medium-low and simmer 40 minutes.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

After the 40 minutes are up, carefully remove the carcass with tongs and discard. Add the pasta and return the lid for 10 minutes.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Add the fresh thyme and the parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Enjoy!

Turkey, Leek and Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Recipe: Turkey, Leek, Butternut Squash Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • -3 tablespoons butter
  • -2 cups leeks, thinly sliced
  • -2 cups celery, thinly sliced
  • -1 cup carrot, thinly sliced
  • -3 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • -12 cups water
  • -Turkey Carcass (Optional)
  • -4 cups cooked turkey, cut into bite size pieces
  • -1 ½ cups small cut pasta (I used Acini Di Pepe, but Orzo would work too)
  • -1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • -½ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • -Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large heavy pot set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and sprinkle with salt, and then sweat for about 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Add all of the rest of the vegetables and stir with the leeks and butter. Add the water to the vegetables, add a lid and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the Turkey Carcass and any pan drippings that are left to the pot. Add a lid to the pot and raise heat to medium-low and simmer 40 minutes.
  4. 4. After the 40 minutes are up, carefully remove the carcass with tongs and discard. Add the pasta and return the lid for 10 minutes.
  5. 5. Add the fresh thyme and the parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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8 Comments

  1. marla says:

    Such a pretty soup Heather! Hopefully you have recovered from the feast :)

  2. Vicki B says:

    Sounds delicious! This year the local news kept showing how many miles it takes to run off the typical Thanksgiving dinner~30 and how many days of calories one dinner is worth~2. Completely shocked me. Since I only walk, that would probably mean I would need to walk the dog from Sacramento to San Francisco and back again.

    • That is disturbing and I am sure accurate! I think I may have to do my 3 day cleanse next week so that I can fit in any clothes for Christmas parties. I am really, really full!

  3. susan says:

    what a comforting bowl of goodness. I love the idea of putting the whole carcass in the pot!!

  4. This looks like a great way to use up those leftovers! Thanks!

  5. I have SO much left over turkey. I am totally making this!

  6. I may have to make this now with the leftover chicken I have on hand!