Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creole Spiced Turkey Soup

Updated October 2020

Leftover turkey or chicken and a few other ingredients make this tasty Creole Spiced Turkey Soup. It's spicy good for you deliciousness in a bowl.

Creole-inspired, it's a bowl full of comfort food for those cooler fall or winter days, quick and easy to make with leftover turkey or chicken.

3 cups cubed cooked turkey (or chicken)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 qt. (4 cups) chicken or turkey bone broth or stock 
1 can (2 cups) petite diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced carrots, green beans or corn (or all 3)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp Creole seasoning * (see below to make your own)
1 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup long-grain rice, cooked

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add celery, onions, and garlic and cook 10 minutes.

Add cubed cooked turkey, stock, tomatoes, veggie of your choice, 
2 tbsp Creole seasoning, and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered for about 1 hour.

Add cooked rice to each bowl and ladle soup over top. I do it this way because the rice will continue to absorb the liquid if it's cooked in the soup, so I always prefer to add it separately.

*Creole Seasoning
2-1/2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp cayenne
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme

Mix all spices together and store in a glass jar for up to 3 months.

Yield: 4-6 servings



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