Leftover turkey soup with kale and bacon


Are you sick of turkey yet? I'm not! While we didn't host any thanksgiving events this year, we were lucky enough to walk away with a whole smoked turkey. If you've never tried smoked turkey (or smoked chicken), you are totally missing out. Smoked meats are easy to use because they are already cooked - so all you have to do is add it to your favourite recipe.

While my first choice of a turkey recipe was thai coconut turkey soup, my husband wanted something classic. And since marriage is all about compromise - I gave in and made a 'classic' turkey soup recipe. To give it a little twist I added some chopped kale, which added a nice texture and pop of colour. This soup made lots, plenty for lunches tomorrow, which is great because I detest coming up with creative lunch ideas. I don't know why, but I always have this fear that my kids teachers are totally judging me on my lunch creativeness. If I send them with grapes one day, I'll purposely make sure to pack a different fruit the next day. I'm sure they are much too busy to worry about my lunch choices - it's just in my head.

And on to the recipe!

Leftover Turkey Soup with Kale & Bacon
- 6-8 cups of homemade turkey broth
- 1-2 cups of chopped carrots
- 1 can of rinsed white beans
- one bunch of kale, chopped
- 2 cups of cooked turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2-3 cups of uncooked egg noodles
- crispy bacon bits - for garnish
- chopped green onions - for garnish

Combine turkey broth, carrots, beans, and kale in a large soup pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for half an hour or so, until the carrots are tender. Add the turkey and egg noodles, and continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are at your desired firmness. Ladle into soup bowls and top with crispy bacon and green onions. Give a good sprinkle of salt and pepper, and enjoy!

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