This Turkey Orzo Soup is a perfect use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Try substituting Sunday's leftover roasted chicken too!
I love that the cooler weather is approaching. It means more soup like this Turkey Orzo Soup. I will purposely buy a whole turkey or just the breast and roast it on a Sunday afternoon, knowing that I will almost always have leftovers.
The recipe below calls for chicken or vegetable broth; however, I've also used homemade turkey stock made from boiling the carcass with some onions, celery and carrots after all the meat has been carved from the bone.
How do you make Leftover Turkey Orzo Soup?
Start by heating a little oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over low heat; then add chopped carrots, onion and celery. Allow the vegetables to sweat and soften for approximately 3-5 minutes.
Next, add chopped parsley, cubed leftover cooked turkey, broth, water and orzo; mix well. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through.
Can you use Chicken instead?
This Turkey Orzo Soup is simple to make and really warms you from the inside out on a cool day. Don't forget to check out some other ways to utilize those Thanksgiving leftovers. ~Enjoy!
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Turkey Orzo Soup
- Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat; then add the carrots, onion and celery. Allow the vegetables to sweat and soften for approximately 3-5 minutes.
- Next, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through.
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