I made this last night and it is great; I've made it for several years now and my family always raves. The tortellini is wonderful in the soup...and adding the canned pumpkin at the end adds extra nutrition, a lovely color, and a creamy texture. Go ahead and add the whole 15 oz. can...it's great.
Best After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup
2t vegetable oil
2 carrots, in 1/4” slices
2 celery stalks, in 1/4” slices
1 large onion, chopped
1 small parsnip, peeled and chopped
5C turkey stock
1/4C defatted dark turkey gravy from Thanksgiving (I omitted this year as I didn't have any)
2C turkey, cut into 1/2” pieces
8 oz. cheese-filled tortellini
1/3C fresh parsley
1C canned pumpkin (or use the whole 15 oz. can)
Salt and pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan
To make stock, place turkey carcass and other bones with any bits of meat and skin into stockpot. Add remaining ingredients to pot and cover with water. Bring to boil; lower heat and simmer for 2-3 hours. Strain stock into smaller pot or bowl. Cover and chill overnight.
To make the soup: Skim fat from top of stock with spoon. In soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add veggies and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add turkey and tortellini, return to boil. Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Stir in parsley and pumpkin and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve in bowls and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan.
Check out the post about Jook...I might try this...am making Turkey Gumbo right now at sons' requests but I have leftover stock and am intrigued with cooking rice and fresh ginger in the stock as described, not sure if it will work but may try it...a bit healthier than the gumbo, I think!
Last night I used mine to make a basic turkey noodle soup, too:
I heated the broth, added onion, celery, fresh thyme and carrots until they were soft, then added the leftover turkey meat and egg noodles. Delicious. I have in the past made one from Cook's Illustrated with Linguica and kale that was quite good.