You always hear about the curative qualities of chicken soup, but what about turkey soup? My guess is that they share a lot of the same properties. I guess chicken is just more accessible. Why doesn't anyone ever offer someone who is sick a bowl of turkey soup? The wildly popular book series is called "Chicken Soup for the Soul", not Turkey Soup for the Soul. But turkey soup, like this Amish Leftover Turkey Soup, can be just as nutritious and hearty.
"Kitchen Sink soups" are popular in Amish homes and that, as the name implies, is where you just sort of throw together whatever you have on hand and make a soup out of it. Most people will have leftover turkey as you read this, or perhaps it is already bagged up in your freezer by now. T
This throw-together soup is a perfect way to use some of it up in a hearty and nourishing way. My Mom asked me if I had any Amish turkey soup recipes in my archives, but most of the the ones I had were soups that used the turkey carcass. I did find one Amish recipe from Iowa that just uses turkey meat, not the bones, so I thought I'd share it.
Some Amish cooks would make this soup in a kettle over and open fire, others would just let it simmer in a big Dutch Oven or stockpot on the stovetop for hours. Either way, this soup will be better in a slow simmer. You could add a clove of garlic or even a squirt of mustard to add a bit of bite to the soup. Yet some Amish cooks would go the other way and add a ½ cup of brown sugar to sweeten the soup. These are fun variations that you can try according to your tastes once you have the main recipe in place. I even know of one Amish cook that adds homemade barbecue sauce to about everything including this soup, a ½ cup to a soup like this. So there is plenty of room for experimentation. And if you have those leftover Thanksgiving rolls, enjoy with a big crusty roll.
The tomatoes add a nice pop of color to this soup.
I love noodles in any soup, it adds bulk and flavor!
With this soup, there is plenty of flexibility. You can brown the onion in butter or olive oil. You can add peas or green beans, if you like. If it were me I might spice up the soup a bit with a dash of cayenne pepper, but that is my spicy taste. You can use turkey, vegetable, or chicken broth or a blend of all three.
🦃Turkey Soup Ingredients
- 2-3 cups turkey, cut into chunks and small pieces
- 6 cups broth
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- ½ cup onions
- 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
- 1 cup tomatoes
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup of noodles
- Cream of mushroom soup
📋 Soup Instructions
Shred or cut cup turkey.
In a large pot, brown onion with olive oil or butter until onions are soft.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for one or two hours.
Add noodles in the last 20 minutes.
🥣 More Amish Soups
Amish soups are mainstays during the winter on Amish farmsteads. Here are some hearty, warm-the-soul favorites:
This is a wonderful blend of two favorite veggies!
A classic Amish church favorite.
Another "Kitchen Sink" type soup!
A timeless classic.
🖨️Full Recipe Amish Leftover Turkey Soup
Amish Leftover Turkey Soup
- 2-3 cups turkey
- 6 cups broth chicken, veggie, turkey, or a blend
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 cup celery chopped
- ½ cup onions
- 2 teaspoons poutry seasonings
- `1 cup tomatoes diced
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup noodles
- Shredor cut cup turkey.
- In a large pot, brown onion with olive oil or butter until onions are soft.
- Add the rest of ingredients and cook on low for one or two hours.
- Add noodles in the last 20 minutes and cook until tender