Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Oh my!  What is one to do with all those Thanksgiving left overs?  I don't know about you, but I love left over Thanksgiving food... that is for a day or two but after that, I am ready to move on!  I usually try to find creative ways to use that left over turkey meat and make it into something new, fresh and different. I love to make things I can pop into the freezer too, to pull out for a quick meal when I don't feel like cooking! Over the next few days I will be posting a few of my favorite uses for all that leftover turkey!

One of my favorites is this Turkey Wild Rice Soup. It is a twist on chicken noodle soup and pairs the turkey, wild rice, noodles and a little fat free half and half to make it creamy and delicious!

Turkey Wild Rice Soup (this is a double recipe that makes a big pot)
4 cups left over diced turkey meat
16 cups chicken broth (4 quarts)
Olive oil or butter
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic minced
1 box Uncle Bens Wild Rice (fast cooking)
8 oz. fine egg noodles
1 cup fat free half and half or cream
parsley flakes (or fresh chopped parsley)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  Saute' the diced, carrots, celery and onions and parsley in a little bit of olive oil or butter on medium heat until onions are tender (not browned), then add garlic and stir. Stir in chicken broth and turkey and let come to a slow boil and cook about 10 minutes until all vegetables are soft.  Add box of Uncle Bens Wild rice with seasoning packet and egg noodles continue to cook until egg noodles are soft (about another 5/8 minutes). Reduce heat and add half and half (do not boil!) Add salt and pepper to taste!  Serve with warm crusty bread. Enjoy!

Chop celery, onions, carrots, and parsley.  
I used my Vadalia Onion Chop Wizard, 
It makes great little uniform bite size chunks for soup!

Saute' onion, celery, carrots in large stock pot on stove in butter or olive oil 
(I used a little of each) over medium heat until veggies start to get soft

Dice up left over turkey

Stir in garlic and chopped parsley or parsley flakes to veggies in stock pot

 Add chicken broth or stock made from chicken base paste 
or bullion and diced turkey to pot

 Stir in box of Uncle Bens Long Grain and Wild Rice.  The fast cook is preferable but I only had the regular so I had to cook it a little longer in my broth

 Also add seasoning packet that comes in the rice mix

When rice is almost done add the egg noodles and cook until tender 
(if using fine this does not take long)

Reduce heat and add half and half or cream and stir.  
Do not boil!  Season with salt and pepper to taste

I served it up with a Turkey Pesto Panini!  
I will be sharing the sandwich recipe tomorrow... it was yummy!

Turkey is a great meat to have left over it can be made into so many different things.  All the turkey recipes that I will be sharing this week, could easily be made using chicken too!  Be creative... don't let that left over turkey go to waste!

Gobble, Gobble,

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