Turkey Barley Soup Recipe
(Updated November 2008) Yes, I know you haven’t even cooked your turkey yet, so you don’t have a turkey carcass to make turkey stock and then make this soup. But many of you will have leftover turkey soon, and by then I’ll be too busy to update this post. You might have noticed I’m very fond of barley, and if you’re looking for a post-Thanksgiving turkey soup, I highly recommend this one. I do have a few other ideas for leftover turkey to add to my Thanksgiving Recipes, which hopefully I’ll get posted later tonight. Now, let’s make turkey soup.
8 cups turkey stock made from leftover turkey carcass (or could use chicken stock, but turkey stock is better)
1 T olive oil (or butter)
1 onion, diced in 3/8 inch pieces
1 cup celery, diced in 3/8 inch pieces
2 cups carrots, diced in 3/8 inch pieces
2 tsp. poultry seasoning, or more, to taste (can substitute dried thyme and sage for poultry seasoning)
black pepper to taste
4 cups diced leftover turkey
4 cups water
3/4 cup pearl barley
turkey soup base as needed (I used about 1 T Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base. Can also use chicken buillon, a dash of soy sauce, or Kitchen Bouquet if you need to add flavor)
While vegetables are cooking, bring turkey stock to a boil in large soup pot. Add vegetables and turkey, lower heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Add water, bring soup back to simmer, then add barley and simmer until barley is soft, at least 30 minutes, and maybe longer, depending on how old the barley is. (When I made this recently I cooked the barley 45 minutes, but fresh barley will cook much more quickly.)
When barley is cooked, taste soup for seasoning, add additional turkey soup base and salt or pepper if needed. Simmer 10 minutes more if more soup base is added. Serve hot.
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South Beach Suggestions:
More Turkey Soup:
You can find a lot more turkey soup ideas with the Thanksgiving Recipes.
More Soup with Barley:
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Mushroom Barley Soup with Ham and Leeks from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken Barley Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mushroom Barley Soup from The Perfect Pantry
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup from Andrea’s Recipes
Mushroom Barley Soup from Eating/SF
Carrot, Chickpea, and Barley Soup with Tofu from A Fridge Full of Food
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