I’ve never been a big fan of leftovers. I know that may sound crazy to some of you 😯 But for me, once I eat something, I tend to consider myself done with it. Time to move on. This is why most of my meals are meant to serve one person – and why I don’t have a big need for Tupperware around the house!
My leftover philosophy goes down the food disposal at Thanksgiving. After the feast, we are left with piles upon piles of leftovers that fill up both the fridge and yes, those neglected Tupperware containers.
But what to do with all of that extra food?
Enter Papa Bender’s Turkey Spaetzle Soup! This soup has got it goin’ on – the perfect combination of flavors and spices that can convince even the biggest leftover-phobes – aka my mom and me – that hey, maybe they aren’t so bad after all!
Since he is always looking for airtime on the blog, Papa Bender graciously shared his recipe with me 😉 If you have turkey leftovers, I highly recommend giving this soup a try!
Papa Bender’s Turkey Spaetzle Soup
Ingredients (makes 5 quarts):
- 2 cups turkey stock (from our Thanksgiving bird)
- 2 cups canned chicken broth
- 4 quarts water
- 3 cups leftover turkey, sliced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 medium celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, sliced
- 1 can Northern beans
- 1 can garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas)
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp. ground thyme
- Pepper, to taste
- 3 bay leaves (for flavor)
- Set aside for later: 1 box spaetzle noodles
Combine all ingredients except the spaetzle noodles in a large pot. Simmer on the stove for 4 hours on low heat.
Near the end of the simmer time, boil spaetzle noodles in a separate pot. My dad does it separately because the noodles tend to get soggy if you store them together with the soup.
Serve 1 cup of soup with roughly 1 oz. of cooked spaetzle. Enjoy!!
This soup has such a light feel in the tummy – perfect for a cold day! Plus, it goes great with the leftover turkey, which stays extra tender and juicy as it simmers for hours.
I also really liked the spaetzle noodles. They are not what I would typically associate with a turkey or chicken noodle soup, but they add so much to it! They have a much more doughy consistency than regular noodles – and go well with my 1/4 German roots!
Nutrition Information (per 1 cup of soup and 1 oz. of spaetzle):
- 165 calories
- 2g fat
- 25g carbohydrates
- 3g fiber
- 12g protein
Let me know if you try it!! I’m off to continue living up the final days of my way-too-short break – which, by the way, hasn’t been much of a break since I’ve got two finals and a problem set due the day after I get back to school 👿 Oh well, at least the holidays are here!!
Tell me, are you a fan of leftovers? Why or why not?