Turkey Orzo Soup

Nothing taste better than a delicious homemade soup after the feasting of Thanksgiving weekend.  This homemade bone broth is full of nutrients and minerals, including the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.  In addition to many other benefits, the collagen and gelatin in the broth supports hair growth, strong nails, and beautiful skin.  It’s easy to do and no part of your turkey is going to waste.  

Cook turkey carcass in covered slow cooker or large Dutch oven for 9-12 hours on low heat.  While stock is simmering, you may want to add onions, carrots, celery, and aromatic herbs for additional flavor.  Drain stock into clean soup pot (this should yield approximately  3 quarts ).  Save any meat left on the bones for later use.

Add all additional ingredients into fresh pot and boil on low for 30 minutes.  (Do not add pasta until you have a boil or pasta with stick!)

1 large sweet onion diced

3 carrots diced

3 full celery stalks diced

2 cups frozen sweet corn

2 cups frozen chopped spinach

all available meat from the carcass or two cups left over reserved turkey diced

salt and pepper to taste

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 cup dried orzo  (once soup has returned to low boil)

After 30 minutes adjust seasonings if needed.  Enjoy!

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