Turkey Vegetable Soup


1 1/4 pound ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
6 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes with juice – 14-16 ounces
1/3 cup white rice, uncooked
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T. instant bouillon – chicken or beef
1/2 T. dried basil
1/8 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf

Crumble ground turkey into a Dutch oven. Stir in onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir over medium high heat about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drain.

Return to kettle and add the water, tomatoes, rice, ketchup, bouillon, basil, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Cover and simmer 25 – 30 minutes or until vegetables and rice are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Yield: 6 servings 1- 1/2 cups each.

This one calls for ground turkey, but if you had turkey leftovers, you could just chip it up into bite-size pieces and use that instead. This is easy and you don’t have to make stock for it.

Turkey Leftovers

Jane Brody’s Chicken Stock

2 pounds (approximately) chicken scraps
Cold water to cover (at least 2 quarts)
1 large onion, peeled and stuck with 3-4 cloves
1 large clove garlic, peeled
1 to 2 ribs celery, halved crosswise
1 to 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 bay leaf
2 or more sprigs parsley OR 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tsp tarragon
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp dillweed
Salt to taste (optional)
12 peppercorns OR 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover the pot, and simmer the stock for at least 1 hour. The longer the stock cooks, the richer it will become; but don’t cook it so long that that broth boils away.

If time permits, let the stock cool before pouring it through a fine strainer or sieve into a fat-skimming measuring cup, a bowl, or other suitable container. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. ( I always use cheesecloth to strain the soup, too!)

If using the fat skimmer, decant the fat-free broth into containers for storage; otherwise refrigerate the broth until the fat hardens on the broth’s surface for easy removal. (Depending on the amount of gelatinous protein in the chicken scraps, the broth may gel at refrigerator temperatures.)

I usually refrigerate the stock overnight and remove the fat the next day. Then I add the veggies (carrots, celery and onion usually), and add a teaspoon or two of many different spices: oregano, basil, dillweed, marjoram, sage, thyme, and lots of pepper. I try to watch my salt, when I do cook at home, so I really don’t add very much, if at all. If I get enough other herbs in there, I really don’t miss it! I know I made this once for my church’s Lenten soup suppers and it disappeared quickly.

Anyways, I cook the veggies until tender, throw in 2 cups of cooked chicken, make a cup or so of noodles (dry) and then add those, too. I usually cook the noodles separately.

We sometimes have a whole chicken for supper. Immediately after supper, I cut the chicken from the bones and put all the scraps in my stock pot. I strain the soup and put it in the fridge before I go to bed. If I don’t make the stock right away, it just doesn’t happen!

After you make stock, you can make Turkey Chowder! I might do this with our turkey leftovers.

Turkey Chowder

1 lg onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 T. butter or margarine
3 T. flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 qts. turkey broth**
2 potatoes, cubed
2 carrots, chopped
2 zucchini, sliced
1 10-oz pkg. frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup Sauterne or Chablis wine
2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
2 T. chopped parsley

In a large kettle, saute onion and celery in butter until just tender-crisp; remove from heat. Blend in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually stir in turkey broth. Heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil. Add potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer 15 minutes, until vegetables are just barely tender. Add zucchini, corn, wine and turkey. Continue simmering 15 minutes. Add parsley.

Serves 8

**To make turkey broth, break up turkey carcass to fit into a large kettle. Add 1 quart water, 1 sliced onion and a handful of celery tops. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Strain broth. Add enough water (or chicken broth) to make 2 quarts. (another way to make stock.)

Or you can just make a turkey noodle soup just like chicken soup if you like.

Fall Continues

The schools made it 27 days before they started closing down due to Covid. First two elementary schools for 2 weeks and then a few days later it was the whole school district. November 6 was the new start-up date, which came and went because they decided to keep the schools closed for two more weeks. The next tentative startup date is November 16. Covid is still crazy in Sheboygan, though.

Also, we are waiting to find out who will be the President of the USA. Many of us voted absentee, so we wouldn’t have to go in person, but it’s bogging down the ballot count. We just patiently wait. It’s all we can do.

My zinnias are done. They were so pretty while they lasted. I’m so glad Emily planted the seeds in June.

The picture on the left is a red zinnia with a few pink ones around it. The picture on the right is a dead yellow zinnia with a dusting of snow on it! We had just a little dusting of snow a while back. It’s long gone now. The last two days have been in the 70s.