Use Your Leftovers: Turkey Kale Soup

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Something tells me you might have a bit o' turkey sitting in your fridge, well, get it out and soup it up!

Post Thanksgiving turkey soup is exactly what you need when the air is as crisp as the leaves.

Turkey Kale Soup


6 c. soup stock, or water
2 c. leftover turkey (Keep the bones to make soup stock.)
2 c. leftover sweet potatoes, or chopped fresh sweet potatoes
1/2 c. barley
1 c. chopped kale (spine removed)
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. thyme


1. In a pan, saute onion and garlic, add kale. Add 1-2 T. of water and place the lid on the pan. Turn off heat and let sit until needed.
2. In a large pot bring soup stock, or water to a boil.
3. Add barley. Cook for 15 minutes.
4. Add turkey, sweet potatoes, and the onion, garlic and kale mixture.
5. Bring to a simmer. Add spices.
6. Cook until barley is tender.

Go on, throw some cranberry sauce in too! (It actually tastes good!)

Happy Cooking,

- Lesli

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    Anna said:

    VERY Yummy. The kale was ready to be picked and I had leftover chicken, I used stock from the box - on hand in my pantry and I had 2 cups of homemade sweetpotatoe soup, so I used it instead of potatoes. I love barley, so this made a perfect soup for me!

    Lesli said: Hi Anna - Thanks for your comments. I'm so glad there's someone else that enjoys this flavour combo as much as I do! :) Happy Cooking!

    Posted at 06:56 PM, on July 21 2008

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