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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo | Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea
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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. 
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 Serves
Calories: 391

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded turkey meat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14-ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bag (6 to 8 ounces) baby spinach

Instructions 

  • Heat oil and melt butter in a dutch oven or a large stock pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add carrots, celery, garlic and parsley; season with salt and pepper and continue to sauté for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in turkey meat and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix in tomato paste and stir in the canned tomatoes; stir in thyme, oregano, and rosemary and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, orzo, and bay leaf; stir to combine and bring soup to a boil.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done.
  • Stir in the baby spinach and cook for 1 more minute, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Remove from heat and taste for seasonings. Adjust accordingly.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED TURKEY SOUP
  • Transfer completely cooled turkey soup to an airtight container.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, add more liquid, stir, and reheat over medium heat on the stove top.
HOW TO FREEZE COOKED TURKEY SOUP
  • Make sure the soup is completely cooled.
  • Transfer soup to large heavy duty freezer bags – I divide it into two freezer bags – and freeze the soup for 3 to 4 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To reheat, add more liquid, stir, and reheat over medium heat on the stove top.
WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 6
Nutrition Facts
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 653mg19%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3960IU79%
Vitamin C 14.5mg18%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: leftover turkey, pasta, thanksgiving leftovers, turkey soup