Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey is to make a batch of soup.  I make a broth from the turkey carcass that has simmered for several hours.  I used leftover turkey meat along with veggies, fresh spinach, and orzo in this soup.  It turned out so comforting, delicious and flavorful.  There is seriously nothing better than homemade soup made from homemade broth.  I served this soup with freshly baked bread and my house salad for a healthy and delicious meal.

Prepare the broth.  Use this recipe but instead of a chicken carcass use the leftover turkey carcass.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, and celery; stir often for 2 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add the broth and leftover turkey then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste (if needed).  Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the spinach right before serving.  Taste and re-season if needed.  Enjoy.

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Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 4 hours (broth) 1 hour (soup)

Total Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of turkey breast, diced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cup of orzo
2 cups of baby spinach, chopped

Directions:

Prepare the broth. Use this recipe but instead of a chicken carcass use the leftover turkey carcass.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; stir often for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the broth and leftover turkey then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste (if needed). Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach right before serving. Taste and re-season if needed. Enjoy.

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17 Responses to “Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 22, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    We had a wonderful thanksgiving, and of course we have tons of turkey leftover so I am most definitely giving this a try! Plus, the weather is cooling down here so this here is the perfect way to warm up :)

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    Diane — November 23, 2012 @ 4:46 am

    Have book marked this, yum yum. Have a good weekend Diane

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    Blond Duck — November 23, 2012 @ 5:01 am

    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

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    Larry — November 23, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Looks delicious Pam, especially with the green and orange colors.

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    Carmen Rosa — November 23, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Nothing is better for a cold than a bowl of hot soup. This one sounds delicious.

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    Susan — November 23, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    What a great soup! I made our batch today with wild rice and the mire poix … the house smells so good! Wish I’d seen your version first, as I love spinach and the veg together in a broth! Oh well… there’s always Christmas ! Wink!

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    Joanne — November 23, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    This is such a great use of leftover turkey! I love how you turned it into something so good for you!

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    A New York Foodie — November 24, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    This looks great Pam….definitely very hearty for this time of year!

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    Rhonda — November 24, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I love orzo, and I actually snagged some leftovers from my inlaws so I might need to give this a try!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — November 24, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    A warming and tasty dinner for me!

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    grace — November 24, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    i can’t think of a better fate for a turkey carcass. :)

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    Momma B — November 25, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Pined it!

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    Peggy Recker — November 25, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Oh this sounds very good. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — November 26, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Yum, sounds delicious. I love using the leftover turkey carcass to make soup.

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    Chris — November 27, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Soups often look boring to me but not this one. You bring out something appetizing to the eyes with your use of color in this one but I also know it will taste great with the flavors you use. Plus I love how orzo’s texture is.

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    Vickie — January 30, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    Pulled my frozen turkey carcass out of the freezer and am making this soup on this gray, hopefully rainy day. Will be using kale instead of spinach. Thanks for thr prompting.

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