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. This Amish recipe is an easy turkey soup recipe, an excellent way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
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. And if you are tired of leftover turkey sandwiches, soup is a great option.
"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.
Step-by-Step Amish Turkey Soup
This is a tough homemade turkey soup recipe to screw up because it really is all according to your tastes and preferences.
You can add some additional flavors to this like parsley, dried thyme, fresh thyme, herbs, a bay leaf, black pepper, egg noodles, and brown or white rice (I love rice as an addition). Basically any vegetables you have can be added to this. A turkey noodle soup is superb. This is a delicious leftover turkey soup recipe. A couple spoonfuls of heavy cream can add some flavor to this too and make it a nice creamy turkey soup. Oh, and add a dash of seasoning salt also!
The tomatoes add a nice pop of color to this soup. Mushrooms, corn, and kale are also nice additions.
I love noodles in any soup, it adds bulk and flavor! But, again, you could add white or brown rice or a wild rice blend. Then you'd have a turkey wild rice soup. Sprinkle some kosher salt into this and just let it bubble in a large dutch oven on your stove or a big stockpot.
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. For the last 20 minutes bump up the heat of the soup from low on the stovetop to medium heat.
🥣 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 Recipe
- 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