Green beans and turkey soup, really?
Welcome to how to use up leftover turkey meat, which is created by all the holiday meals.
Ah, the holidays.
That time of year when food seems to be the ingredient to happy!
Refrigerators are stacked so full, you often can’t find what you are looking for.
Once the first official holiday, Thanksgiving passes by, leftover Turkey meat runs rampant.
Whether you dish out leftovers and still have more or just love turkey and cook extra, try out this recipe.
Besides, offering a slight Italian tilt on holiday meat leftovers, the taste is crazy good and I’ve eliminated the noodles.
Yet another great reason to enjoy this soup as I’ve eliminated some of those holiday carbs which can quickly add up to pounds on the scale (ugh!)
So, keep some turkey after each holiday meal and enjoy greens and beans turkey soup.
In short, there’s nothing quite like it and there are so many optional ingredients you might just make this a staple year-round!
Greens and Beans Turkey Soup
The All Too Familiar Scene in Homes At Thanksgiving.
Does this look familiar?
The lovely, freshly roasted turkey that is amazing with every bite.
However, it is also, too much for one meal and no one wants to take leftovers!
Um, there’s going to be leftovers and what do you do with it?
Here you will find the solution to leftovers and giving your leftover turkey a complete makeover.
So, exactly what is this dish called greens and beans turkey soup for?
The name really tells you a lot already.
To that end, this tasty soup is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey.
Here, traditional egg noodles are replaced with white beans and an assortment of fresh vegetables.
Therefore you will be creating a very hearty and delicious dish without all those fabulous carbs from those starch-laden noodles.
As a result, you can enjoy by itself for a light lunch or pair with a crisp, green side salad for a more satisfying meal.
Let’s Talk Optional Ingredients In My Greens and Beans Turkey Soup
Chances are, you might have used some form of sausage to stuff your turkey and you might have some of it leftover?
Even assuming you might have it already crumbled and browned you saved it right?
Turkey and sausage are really besties and sausage complements turkey well as a combined ingredient.
Kale. Spinach. Broccoli Rabe (rapini).
All in all, these are equal greens.
While each offers a bit of a different taste, they all wilt beautiful and add the GREEN you are in need of.
Broccoli Rabe will be a bit more bitter, while spinach will just be there.
However, if you use Kale, allow it to simmer for at least 10 minutes to really get the wilting effect.
Additionally, make sure to CHOP both Kale and Broccoli Rabe into bite so pieces.
Greens and Beans Turkey Soup and The Spice You Will ♥
There are a few ways to kick this soup up a bit and give it a more robust and full flavor.
At its core, it will be more Italian spice than heat.
However, you can change this just a bit and give it some heat which totally is the perfect addition to the recipe.
As you might note in the recipe there is a jalapeno (scrape out the seeds and the rib or you will have FIRE)
Use it or don’t.
Alternatively, for a more earthy flavor, I suggest a shishito pepper or two.
They have a mild smoky and earthy taste. Mmmm!
To bring on the heat, you can use the listed cayenne pepper or you can use red pepper flakes.
To that end, you can use equal amounts of red pepper flakes or up to 1 1/2 x more.
Last, if you don’t want the soup too spicy eliminate either the pepper or the cayenne.
Additionally, you can sub out the leeks.
What can you use?
Instead of leeks, use a cup of green onions (with the holidays I am sure you have those on hand).
Also, you could use a cup of shallots if you have those, just note that may sway the flavor a bit.
As always, you can use a plain, old, sweet, yellow onion, chopped nicely!
Recipe For Greens and Beans Turkey Soup
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced in half
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- A medium yellow onion, diced
- Large leek (1), diced (or shallots, green onions, or sweet onion*)
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional) - ribbed and seeded
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Bay leaves (1-2)
- 2 t. each dried parsley & dried oregano
- ½ t. cayenne pepper Or Red Pepper Flakes (use = amount or up to 1 1/2 Tsp. )
- 4 c. organic chicken stock
- 3” Parmesan cheese rind
- 2 c. water
- 15-oz. cans (2) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- Cooked turkey, shredded 2 Cups
- 2 c. baby spinach, coarsely chopped (or Kale, Broccoli Rabe)
- OPTIONAL GARNISH
- Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley, chopped (cilantro can be used it will just be stronger)
- *if you are using yellow onion in the recipe, you can just add about 1/2 c more)
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
- (Next add garlic, onion, leeks, carrots, and jalapeno.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft and develop a bit of color.
- You are 'sweating' the veggies to get them to cook faster!
- As a result, this will take approximately 6 - 8 minutes, and usually, it's the latter.
- Now, season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Add bay leaves, dried herbs, and cayenne pepper (or whatever you are using for the SPICY flavor)
- Then, cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the herbs become fragrant.
- *****(if in an Instant Pot, do all of the above steps 1-7 on SAUTE*)
- ****(if using an Instant Pot, follow steps 11-13 and jump to 15-16)
- Next, add chicken stock.
- Now, add the water, and cannellini beans to the pot.
- Finally, add in the parmesan rind (this is the portion that really bolsters the flavor!)
- Increase heat to high and bring the soup to a rolling boil
- Please NOTE: if you are using an Instant Pot, cover it and cook 20 minutes on the SOUP setting.
- Once the time is met for cooking, then, release the steam (CAREFULLY) and press saute, following the directions below to complete cooking and ingredient additions)
- Once it boils, reduces heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes.
- Add shredded turkey and spinach to the pot and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the spinach (Kale or Broccoli Rabe) wilts and the turkey is heated through.
- Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
- Serve immediately with some shaved Parmesan cheese.
Please see the post to understand all optional ingredients.
You can make this in an Instant Pot, it's fast and easy.
See the directives above to understand the times for Instant Pot Cooking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 713mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 11gSugar: 6gProtein: 38g
Nutrional Content will be innacurate due to differing ingredients and brands used.