Comfort Turkey/Chicken Soup For The Soul

It’s Comfort Turkey/Chicken Soup For The Soul time! I love making homemade chicken or turkey soup. Whenever I buy a whole turkey or chicken, I save the carcass to make homemade broth. You can reduce food waste, too, by making homemade broths. And it’s actually very easy!


Quick Tip to Get the Ingredients for the Broth:
Every time you chop up a vegetable, save the scraps in a Ziploc bag in your freezer. You can include the skins of garlic and onions. The peels of ginger and carrots, The tips of carrots and celery. The stems of herbs. The stems and leftovers of bell peppers. And more. When you’re ready to make the stock, you will have all the flavors you need for a rich, savory broth.
*I like using this Stainless Steel Multi-Pot because it has a pasta pot insert to easily remove the bones/veggies from the broth.

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Comfort Turkey/Chicken Soup For The Soul
 
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It’s Comfort Turkey/Chicken Soup For The Soul time! I love making homemade chicken or turkey soup. Whenever I buy a whole turkey or chicken, I save the carcass to make homemade broth. You can reduce food waste, too, by making homemade broths. And it’s actually very easy! Quick Tip to Get the Ingredients for the Broth: Every time you chop up a vegetable, save the scraps in a Ziploc bag in your freezer. You can include the skins of garlic and onions. The peels of ginger and carrots, The tips of carrots and celery. The stems of herbs. The stems and leftovers of bell peppers. And more. When you’re ready to make the stock, you will have all the flavors you need for a rich, savory broth. *I like using this Stainless Steel Multi-Pot because it has a pasta pot insert to easily remove the bones/veggies from the broth.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • BROTH:
  • Chicken/turkey bones with minimal skin and meat (try to remove as much skin from the bones so there’s less fat in the broth; save at least 10 oz of the chicken/turkey meat for the soup)
  • All leftover vegetable pieces (See above for ideas. Recommended leftover pieces: garlic peel, onion peel, ginger skins, carrots ends, celery ends)
  • 3 whole dried red chilies
  • ½ bunch fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley OR cilantro (save the other half for the actual soup)
  • 4 fresh thyme sticks
  • 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 10 cups water
  • SOUP:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 potato, cut into cubes
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ bunch fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley OR cilantro, chopped
  • 2 dried red chilies, minced
  • 10 oz shredded cooked chicken/turkey (removed earlier from the chicken/turkey bones prior to boiling the chicken bones to make the broth)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Make the broth by adding in all the ingredients to a large stockpot or saucepan. I like using this Stainless Steel Multi-Pot because it has a pasta pot insert to easily remove the bones/veggies from the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 1 ½ hours. Strain the stock and save the broth for the soup. Makes 6 cups broth. You can save this for up to 3 days in the fridge before making the rest of the soup.
  2. While the broth is cooking: In a large pan on medium heat, spray with a cooking spray and cook the garlic and onion for 4 minutes. Add the potato and cook for 8 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook for 5 more minutes. Once the broth is ready, add the cooked vegetables to the broth in addition to all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes for all the flavors to combine. Truly hearty & homey. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cups Calories: 159 Fat: 2 Saturated fat: 0.5 Carbohydrates: 15.3 Sugar: 4.2 Sodium: 647.8 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 19.9 Cholesterol: 40.2
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Vegan Gluten Free Split Pea Soup
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By: Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

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3 Comments

  1. Phil January 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Chicken Soup is the absolute best when you are feeling a bit under the weather. It buoys the soul as well as the filling the tummy! This is delicious – I especially like the addition of fresh grated ginger.
    Carol

    • Sarah Koszyk MA RD January 14, 2013 at 2:59 am - Reply

      Thanks! Ginger is so great and offers so many amazing benefits such as anti-cancerous benefits, reducing nausea, reducing congestion, and reducing joint pain!

    • Miguel March 11, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Making your own Crock Pot Beef Stew RecipeVegetables- I prefer fresh veetbagles over canned or frozen but you can use whatever kind you like. You can use your favorite veetbagles like potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, green beans, snap peas, celery, onion, sweet potatoes. You choose.Beef- I normally get the cheaper cuts of beef because it all will be tender and delicious in the end anyways. But you can choose which ever pieces you like.Base- There are many different kinds of bases you can use the possibilities are endless. Here are a few to help you decide. Any kind of beef based soup, gravy, beef broth, cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, water etc. etc.Seasonings- Spices and herbs should be added in the last hour of cooking because over a long cooking period they will die out. Some ideas for seasonings for your crock pot beef stew recipe are salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, a tablespoon of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, basil, oregano and parsley.Cooking and Placement- You want to put all your hard to cook veggies like carrots and potatoes on the bottom and around the wall of the crock pot.The chunks of beef need to be placed in the middle of the veggies. The easy to cook veggies can be placed on top of the meat.Whatever base you decide to use should be poured in the crock pot now. If you are using something that’s very thick you will want to mix some water in with it in a bowl then pour it in the crock pot.For safety reasons you should turn the crock pot on high for the first hour then turn it on low for 7 to 9 hours. Good Luck with your very own beef stew recipe.

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