soup for a winter's day

I don't know about you, but we're still combating leftover turkey here. It's a good thing, really. Last night I made the creamiest, most thick+ tasty turkey soup and it tasted even better leftover today. Leftover-leftovers...It just keeps getting better. It may not look like anything special, but the taste is pretty spectacular on a chilly winter's day.
Creamy Turkey-Bacon Soup

1/2 c. carrots
1/2 c. celery
1/2 c. diced onion
32-oz carton of chicken broth
2 1/2 c. water
3/4 c. jasmine rice (or whatever you have handy)
2 c. chopped leftover turkey
6 T. flour
1/4 t. poultry seasoning
1 1/4 c. whole milk
5 slices crumbled, cooked bacon
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 c. butter

Saute diced carrots, celery, and onion in large stockpot with 1 T. melted butter until soft. Add broth, water, rice and turkey. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes. Stir as needed.

In a separate saucepan, melt remaining butter. Mix flour + poultry seasoning in a separate bowl, then add to butter; stirring constantly for 1 minute. Then add the milk and cook until it begins to thicken.

Add creamy sauce to soup. Top with bacon, salt, and pepper. Serve + enjoy!


We spent Sunday night and part of yesterday decking the halls around here. I never get tired of decorating the Christmas tree, although I may tire of chasing G away from all the ornaments. He is quite smitten with all of the balls + baubles. I can't believe tomorrow is December. Must put my advent calendar together! For now, I am wrapping up my November gratefuls:

25. I am thankful for family. We had a really delightful time hangin' in at my parents' Thanksgiving weekend.

26. I am thankful for baby girls. It seems like everyone is having them these days!! I am so excited to have heads for all the sweet headbands I've been compulsively making ever since I was pregnant. I'm thankful for this little lady and also my first little niece on the way!

27. I am thankful for God's goodness. He is Love. I am thankful for the ways that he moves in our lives everyday.

28. I am thankful for forgiveness. I hugely wronged Jeff the other day and we got into a bit of a tiff. I'm thankful for mended hearts and thankful that it only makes our marriage stronger.

29. I am thankful for the amazing ultra strong properties of super glue. It's powerful stuff in a super small bottle. Whoever invented it--I think you're really cool.

30. I am thankful for craftiness. For inspiring projects and stacks of fabric + felt. Today I am putting together some sample projects for my Christmas craft party this weekend. I can't even wait!


Hilary said...

Bacon makes things better. :)

I just recently found your blog, and I've been enjoying reading! I have a good college friend who lives in MN, so there's just something extra special about someone in the same state.

Sharon said...

Oh, I wish you would've posted this yesterday! :) Last night I made turkey rice soup that we're having for dinner tonight-it's o.k., but not nearly as good as this looks! Perfect for these freezing MN days!

summer said...

this looks insane, jessica. my ultimate kind of soup!! i have it starred. can't wait to make it. i might have to use chicken though... we didn't have any turkey leftovers at our house. :(

summer said...

i forgot!
maybe this is a silly question, but i'm not a soup expert. did you add the rice in cooked or uncooked?

swell.life said...

@summer: ok, i'm not a soup expert. i added the rice uncooked and it made it super, super thick. i ended up adding more water at the end, then adding more water today when i reheated it for leftovers. next time i might try adding it cooked...

littledeadmommy said...

that sounds really yummy. I'm not a big fan of rice in soup but I bet it would work with potatoes. I'm hungry now. :)

Anonymous said...

I wish you were a little bit closer! I would love to come to your craft day. Would you post a tutorial for the headbands you've been making?

{lovely little things} said...

Sounds yummy!