Thanksgiving leftovers? Make soup!

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving.

I know. We celebrate it early. But there’s something to be said about a harvest festival being timed to coincide with the harvest!

At my house, we celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend; my sister and her girls were in town to run the CIBC Run for the Cure and my husband will be in hospital over the actual holiday weekend, missing his favorite turkey dinner.

Although we did a pretty good job on our 16 pound bird, there was still enough for two ‘leftover’ meals and some turkey soup. Now I always make turkey soup after Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I don’t always write down the recipe, making it hard to re-create the occasional masterpiece that comes out of my kitchen.

This year, I decided to take some notes while I was cooking, on the off chance that this year’s soup would be a winner and something I’d like to make again. Turns out that it was and I will!

Here’s my 2011 Thanksgiving Turkey Soup recipe (makes 8 generous servings)


  • diced leftover turkey (I used about 600 g; if you have more, feel free to use it; note that the calorie count and protein content per serving will go up)
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled brown rice
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 leeks, white ends and some green, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups low sodium turkey stock (I made mine by boiling the turkey carcass for about 2 hours and running the liquid through a colander to remove any remaining skin and bones)
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto (mine was home-made, you can used pre-made if you like)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large stock pot.
  2. Add leeks, mushrooms and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened.
  3. Add stock, pesto and turkey. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 30 min.
  4. Add cooked rice. Heat thoroughly and serve. Very, very yummy!
Nutritional info (per serving); Calories, 227; Total Fat, 6 g; Sat. Fat, 1.7 g; Carbohydrates, 17.1 g; Fiber, 1.8 g; Sugar, 2.2 g; Protein, 6.4 g.


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  1. That soup sounds really good! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. This is on my to do list for sure! Looks awesome.

  3. OH MY GOSH are you kidding?

    I had no idea it was Thanksgiving for you already!

    we like turkey sandwiches here. and Turkey Paninis.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    sorry I haven’t been commenting.
    honestly I leave my comments from work on my breaks etc and for some reason my computer is not letting me.

    at home it’s harder because my computer time is limited but I am still reading!

    • Yummm, turkey on rye with avocado…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
      I might have to cook another one on Monday…
      Have a great weekend, Cindy!

  4. Mmmm… turkey leftovers – and your soup looks amazing! I have it on my to do list for Thanksgiving here!

  5. I’ll be pulling this recipe out next month for sure! Looks awesome πŸ™‚