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(Leftover) Turkey Soup

30 Nov

I can’t believe I’ve been updating so infrequently lately. We’ve had a pretty busy couple of weeks… I finished my second clinical, we hosted Thanksgiving, and I’m starting to pack up for my move home.

Well, we sort of hosted Thanksgiving. We cleaned up the apartment, borrowed some tables, and Nick’s Mother stayed over the night before and did all of the cooking. Growing up, the max we ever had at a Thanksgiving was probably ~8. We had about 30 people here yesterday, which is legitimately more people than I have in my entire extended family. The food, the company, and the organization was more incredible than I ever could have imagined.

We’re still sleeping it off, but I did have the chance to make a turkey soup for dinner today. All of the ingredients were leftovers which was pretty awesome, and it means we’ll have more to eat over the next few days than just turkey sandwiches!

What I used:
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped peppers
2 onions, chopped
3 cups black bean corn salsa (which was equivalent to 1.5 cups each, plus a tablespoon of cilantro, lime juice, and a small jalepeno)
~5 cups turkey
turkey broth (made from the carcass)
red pepper flakes, chili powder, cumin, garlic, oregano, parsley, basil, thyme
cornstarch + water
2 tablespoons butter
cheese + other toppings


What I did:
I melted the butter in a huge frying pan on medium heat, and added the celery, carrots, peppers, and onions in with about ½ cup of broth and cooked until the onions became translucent and the carrots became soft.


Once those were ready, I put them in the crockpot on low with the salsa, turkey, and a dash (½ teaspoon) of each of the spices. I added turkey broth until everything was just covered in liquid. I combined a couple tablespoons of cornstarch with some cold water until it dissolved, and added that into the pot. After some rearranging in the fridge, a stray turkey leg was found, and we (read: Nick) figured it would be a great idea to just throw that in too.

I cooked on low for about 6 hours, topped it with whatever cheese and stuff we wanted, and ate it with buttermilk biscuits… and then instantly fell back into our food coma.