Turkey Stock & Soup…..

Making your own stock will make an amazing soup.  If the turkey carcass is frozen, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 

Stock Recipe:

One turkey carcass  
One bunch fresh parsley
One medium onion, quartered
2 large carrots, halved
2 large stalks of celery, halved

Place carcass into a large stock pot and cover with water & add vegetables.  Simmer over low heat for 2 1/2 -3 hours, you do not want the liquid to boil.  You will notice that you do not add salt or any other seasoning at this point, you want a simple, flavorful stock.  You do this so that whatever you will be making will not be over seasoned.

Remove the bones and vegetable pieces with a slotted spoon, discard.  I like to carefully strain the broth through a fine sieve over a very large bowl.  You then have a beautiful, pure stock.  If  If using the same pot for the soup, wash thoroughly and add the stock back to the pan.  (you want to remove any foam debris from the pot to keep your soup stock clear)  You can also allow it to cool, stirring often, and freeze.

Simple Turkey Vegetable Noodle Soup

Soup stock
Leftover turkey meat, torn into bite size pieces
2 16 oz. packages of mixed frozen vegetables
1 l6 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach (not the block)
1 12-16 oz. package of whole wheat soup noodles, cooked & drained
1 bunch of rinsed, chopped fresh parsley

This will take only a few minutes to make.  Over medium heat, bring the stock with the turkey meat to a simmer, add the vegetables and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.  Add the cooked pasta.

NOW season with salt, pepper, & fresh parsley.   If you’re going to top your soup with fresh parmesan cheese,  keep that in mind when seasoning, the cheese has a high sodium content.

Enjoy!

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