Sunday, December 8, 2013

Turkey, White Bean and Kale Soup

     One of the big problems after Thanksgiving is figuring out what to do with the leftover turkey. There's only so many turkey sandwiches you can eat. One of the first things I do with the turkey is strip all the meat and then boil the carcass. This leaves me with an extremely rich stock for later use. I wound up using it for this recipe. It's sort of a riff on Tuscan White Bean Soup. I was fairly pleased with the outcome. If you like extra heat, it benefits greatly from a shot or two of Frank's hot sauce. Obviously, you could easily substitute chicken and chicken stock if you don't have turkey on hand.

Turkey, White Bean and Kale Soup

  • 1 quart turkey stock
  • 1-1/2 cup chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 can (15.5 ounce) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups kale, spines removed, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 tablespoon Ukrainian Village seasoning (from the Spice House
  1. In a large pot, add stock, turkey, beans and seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion, celery, basil and garlic. Sautee 3-5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add kale, sautee 2 more minutes (the color of the kale will brighten during cooking.  When you see that, you know it's ready).
    This is what I'm talking about.
  3. Add contents of saucepan to soup pot. Add pepper flakes and orzo and bring to low boil for about 5 minutes. Lower to simmer.
  4. Stir in cream. Simmer another 2-3 minutes or until orzo is tender.
Good times!


  1. I have a ton of turkey stock frozen and I can't wait to try this recipe - it looks super delicious.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)

  2. I love turkey recipes around the holidays. This looks delicious! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.