Monday, November 28, 2016

Leftover Turkey Soup - With White Beans and Spinach

There are only so many ways you can make a turkey sandwich with leftover meat from Thanksgiving.  And I bet you can't even see a turkey sandwich in front of you right now.  I put together a white bean and spinach turkey soup that surprised me in how easy it was and how delicious it turned out. Even my resident picky eater literally licked his bowl at the end.  This one is simple to make, you can make it really easy by adding canned beans, but I didn't have that, so I went with dry beans instead.

Leftover Turkey Soup

What you'll need
1/4 cup diced onions
1 cup dry great northern beans (or any white bean) soaked*
1 1/2 cup leftover turkey meat
1 cup frozen spinach (you can use fresh too if you prefer, and have that)
3/4 cup pasta - I used mini gluten-free "O's"
salt and pepper to taste

How to make it
Because we are using white beans, it will take a little longer to cook. Did you know beans (of the dry variety) do not cook properly if you add salt to it before it cooks? Yeah, I knew that but I still added the dry beans to the soup and it did not cook properly, so to avoid making my mistake you need to start cooking the beans first. If your turkey does not have any salt in it, you can add it in the beginning.  But since it is leftover turkey it is already cooked and you can just add it later.
In an medium/large sauce pan (I made mine in my cast iron pan) saute the onions until it softens 2-3 mins.  Then add the dry beans and water (I'd say about 3-4 cups, you can add more as needed) and let it cook for 45 mins to 1 hour (keep testing to see if the beans are cooked). Once that is cooked, you can add the turkey and cook for additional 30-45 mins. Then add the frozen spinach and pasta Os and cook for 10 more mins. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you are using canned beans, just start with making a broth out of the turkey and onions.  You could add carrots to the soup too, I just didn't have any. Then at the end add the beans, spinach and pasta.

*Soaking - soak beans for a few hours in cold water, or if you don't have the time just soak it in boiling water for one hour. Drain before adding it to the soup.  Or if you really don't have time to soak the beans or don't want to deal with that, just used canned.  It works just as well!

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of soups and I drink them while I since soups help me write faster haha. Thanks for sharing the recipe friend.