Leftovers, leftovers. With Thanksgiving being over, now it’s time for all the leftovers. We like eating the leftovers just as they are for a couple meals, but eventually, that can get boring. I love looking for new ways to use up all the leftovers, but I have one recipe that I always fall back on when it comes to the turkey. It’s a turkey and rice soup.
Soups using leftover poultry are so simple. Since the meat is already cooked, turning it into a soup makes for a really simple and quick dinner solution, which after all, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen just days after Thanksgiving?!? This soup is extremely simple. Cut up your veggies, toss in the pot with broth, water, rice and turkey and let it simmer into yumminess. Little though, little effort and more time to relax this week as you recover from all the Thanksgiving festivities.
Soups are also so versatile. If you don’t have exactly 2 cups of leftover turkey (or chicken), don’t worry about it. You can always add extra veggies to help bulk it up, if needed. Don’t have turkey? Chicken will work the same or just go with vegetables and rice.
- 2 cups turkey or chicken (or more if you have it)
- 2 cups veggies, green beans, peas, corn or mixed veggies
- 1.5 cups uncooked rice
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 onion
- 32 oz chicken stock/broth
- 6-8 cups water
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in a large stock pot and simmer until rice is cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
What’s your favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers?