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Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey is to make a batch of soup.  I make a broth from the turkey carcass that has simmered for several hours.  I used leftover turkey meat along with veggies, fresh spinach, and orzo in this soup.  It turned out so comforting, delicious and flavorful.  There is seriously nothing better than homemade soup made from homemade broth.  I served this soup with freshly baked bread and my house salad for a healthy and delicious meal.

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

Prepare the broth.  Use this recipe but instead of a chicken carcass use the leftover turkey carcass. This step takes four hours for a good broth flavor.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, and celery; stir often for 2 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add the broth and leftover turkey then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste (if needed).  Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the spinach right before serving.  Taste and re-season if needed.  Enjoy.

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

Turkey and Orzo Soup with Spinach

4 hours (broth) 1 hour (soup)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ sweet yellow onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of turkey breast diced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup of orzo
  • 2 cups of baby spinach chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare the broth. Click on the link up above for broth recipe. Instead of a chicken carcass use the leftover turkey carcass. This step takes four hours for a good broth flavor.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; stir often for 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the broth and leftover turkey then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste (if needed). Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach right before serving. Taste and re-season if needed. Enjoy.
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21 Comments

  1. What a great soup! I made our batch today with wild rice and the mire poix … the house smells so good! Wish I’d seen your version first, as I love spinach and the veg together in a broth! Oh well… there’s always Christmas ! Wink!

  2. Soups often look boring to me but not this one. You bring out something appetizing to the eyes with your use of color in this one but I also know it will taste great with the flavors you use. Plus I love how orzo’s texture is.

  3. Pulled my frozen turkey carcass out of the freezer and am making this soup on this gray, hopefully rainy day. Will be using kale instead of spinach. Thanks for thr prompting.

  4. I dont write comments, but had to on this soup! This is by far the BEST turkey soup we have ever made! The variations I made were: had to double everything used the carcass of 20 lb turkey. I minced onion, garlic & celery with leaves in mini chopper and used leftover cooked carrots from Christmas dinner which I left sliced large. Tossed in 8 small chicken boullion cubes & omitted salt. Added a few dashes of poultry seasoning and lots of freshly ground pepper. The orzo and spinach made it fabulous. Family rating was 10+ and will be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you!

  5. Hi,
    The total time says 5 hours, but the recipe time says to simmer 30-40min & after adding orzo simmer another 15 minutes.

    Am I missing something or is this recipe around 45-55min to make?

    1. Rain,

      If you look through the recipe, the broth preparation takes four hours (if you want a rich flavored broth). If you skip that step then the recipe would only take an hour.

      Pam