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dad’s famous turkey soup

with about two inches of snow on the ground and freezing rain falling from the sky, today feels like a particularly apt day to talk about our favourite family past-time: eating.

specifically, eating turkey. even more specifically, eating turkey soup.

since we got this fantastic new kitchen, Aaron has spent months honing and perfecting his latest favourite recipe for turkey soup. if turkey is on sale (or even if it isn’t), you can rest assured that we’re going to have at least one.

we’ve already got bags and bags of frozen pee soup just hanging out in the deep freeze, but fresh turkey soup really makes living in this frigid country seem almost bearable. *almost*.

because this is AARON’S FAMOUS SOUP, i figured i’d let him have free reign with writing the recipe. kindly direct questions and complaints in his direction 🙂

speaking of recipes, if you want to follow all, or at least most, of the ridiculous and incredible things that come out of our kitchen when dad is in charge of the cooking, check him out on instagram under someonesinthekitchenwdad! we’re hoping to do some fun things in the future that will get everyone in the kitchen with dad, so you may as well join in!


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dad's famous turkey soup
nothing warms the heart and soul on a frigid ass day like homemade turkey soup. we make this at least twice a month, and freeze individual portions for those particularly for lazy days or those ones where i'm feeling completely under the weather. also, super quick and easy to heat up and pour in a thermos for a toasty work lunch. don't forget the crusty bread!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine comfort food
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3-4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine comfort food
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3-4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. we usually cook the turkey the day before so the meat has a chance to rest before we break down the bird and pop the important bits into the pot. this means you can have a delicious turkey sandwich while your hard at work on your turkey soup
  2. in a large soup pot, heat oils over medium heat and toss in the diced onion, half the diced celery, garlic cloves and a bay leaf.
  3. while this is heating up, rip the carcass apart with your bear hands, put the skin, bones and fat in a pot. submerge the whole thing in filtered water. bring it all to a boil and then let simmer for two hours, stirring occassionaly. after two hours, let cool enough so you can work with it. this will bring out all the delicious flavours of the veg and the turkey.
  4. strain the contents through a fine mesh strainer into an extremely expensive pot. discard what's left in the strainer (unless you have cats, in which case, save that and let them go nuts.)
  5. you should now have a delicious turkey broth that smells amazing. put the expensive pot on the stove over medium heat. add the diced carrots (if you want potato in your soup, now's a good time to toss that in, too), a shotgun of arborio rice (or whatever you have handy), dried sage, any leftover gravy drippings from the roast, and another cup or so of filtered water. stir and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. when satisfied with the flavour and the rice is fully cooked, add the rest of the diced celery and shredded turkey breast.
  7. serve immediately with your favourite crusty bread. burn mouth. never use a different turkey soup recipe again.
Recipe Notes

every time we've made this recipe we've added a different amount of salt for flavouring, depending on how we cooked the turkey.

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