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Turkey & Vegetable Soup from Ryan's Roast Turkey

Every year for the past 7 years, Ryan has been making roast turkey for Thanksgiving Day. And if I remember it right, he has made it for Christmas Eve dinner about 4 times. With that, I can say that he has mastered the art of roasting turkey. The people who had tried Ryan's roast turkey can attest to that. Unlike most roast turkeys, his isn't dried's really moist and very flavorful even without gravy. 
The secret is simply the brine solution he uses...
 ...the herbs and spices he rubs and stuffs it with...
...and his patience during the delicate roasting process. :)
But you see, no matter how perfect any roast turkey is, most people prefer just the white meat, so there's always leftover. Well, for me, that's a good thing! I actually think that the best thing about roasting turkey is having all the leftovers because afterwards, I can use it to make quick and easy meals.:)

Friday after Thanksgiving, I made Turkey Arroz Caldo which is the same as the Chicken Arroz Caldo I posted before. The difference is that I substituted the chicken with turkey, I used only 1½ cups of rice (1 cup Jasmine and ½ cup glutinous) for thinner consistency and I used turkey stock that I made form the turkey carcass.
And then last Saturday, I made this delicious Turkey & Vegetable Soup. I love making this kind of soup with leftover chicken or turkey. It's very satisfying and filling with all the vegetables in it. We all find it so comforting especially during cold weather.
The next time you have leftover turkey or chicken,  you should try making this soup! You won't regret it! 

Have a great weekend y'all!

*Serve 4-6
  • 2 cups leftover turkey or chicken, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 medium sized carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 medium sized russet potato (about 3 cups), cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 6 cups turkey stock (I used the turkey carcass to make the stock) or chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  •  salt and pepper

1. Put potatoes and turkey stock in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, aproximately 15 minutes.
2. Mash half of potatoes in broth to give thicker consistency.
3. In another pan, saute turkey, onion, celery, carrot and bell pepper for about3 minutes. Add to the stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until carrots are almost tender. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste.
4. Stir in heavy cream and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in parsley flakes.
5. Remove from heat. Transfer to individual bowls and serve.


  1. What a great way to use up your leftover turkey!

  2. This soup is definitely very hearty, great for the cold weather that has hit recently. The soup looks so creamy it is surprising that it only has one cup of cream in it. Delicious and comforting. I do agree that brining a turkey does make all the difference in taste-it also makes sure that the leftovers are a welcome sight on the table.

  3. What a great looking roasted turkey, I bet you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, Tina :)!

  4. This is a great idea for left over turkey. Your soup looks very flavorful and rich. I will definitely use your recipe next time we roast turkey. Thank you and have a great weekend, Tina!

  5. Your turkey soup sounds so delicious and comforting! Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of good food. Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. I'm a dark meat gal myself. Your turkey is flipping amazing. I love how you used the leftover for soup. It looks so soothing and yummy!

  7. I love your soup Tina! You used up all the meat and juice from the turkey and only good cook like you can do it. This soup must have extra flavor and looks very comforting after Thanksgiving meals.

  8. Another interesting leftover idea :) The soup's really good during this cold weather .

  9. The turkey looks wonderful! And that soup looks delicious and is perfect for this colder weather!

  10. Wow! I'm not a fan of Turkey but I wouldn't mind the creamy soup. Looks mouth-watering :)

  11. This soup is so tasty and I love this kinda flavorful soups with left-overs or just-throw-whatever-you-have-ingredients! Best for days when you don't feel like cooking or when rushing. ;)

  12. i should try this at home, i feel the aroma and taste even only at picture... thanks guys for the idea...simply but so amazing dish...wish u have more dish to share....

  13. Hello Po! Can u share what are the herbs and spices and the procedure u made before roasting the turkey? This is my first time to roast and include it also in my nuche buena menu. Hope you can help me with this. Thank u.

  14. Hi Ch3! I've posted my hubby's Roast Turkey recipe for you today! :)
    Ryan's Roast Turkey
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  15. Wow!! Thank u so so so so much!!! Actually, I am monitoring since this morning for your reply as I am ready to prepare the turkey.. Ur such heaven sent. Thank u so much for the detailed procedure! Merry Christmas!!

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