After Thanksgiving Soup (Turkey Barley Soup)

Turkey Barley Soup

Still have that left over turkey lingering around in your fridge or freezer after thanksgiving but can’t manage to make anymore sandwiches? This hearty soup will have you rolling around dopped up on tryptophan in no time.


1 picked over turkey carcass
1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing
1 cup pearl barley
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, peeled and diced
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon ground sage
2 1/2 quarts chicken broth
garlic salt to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups (uncooked) regular long-grain white rice
1 (16 ounce) package frozen green peas


  1. Place the turkey carcass in a large, deep pot, and add the stuffing, celery, carrots, onion,barley, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, sage, and chicken broth. Pour in additional water if needed to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 1 hour, skimming off any foam.
  3. Remove the carcass and bones.
  4. Pick any meat off and return to the pot, discarding bones and skin.
  5. Season to taste with garlic salt and pepper. Stir in the rice and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium, and simmer 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in the peas, and continue to simmer until rice is tender, about 10 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Title Photograph Credits:  prima seadiva


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