A Savory Slow Cooked Soup

turkey noodle soup

Do you have any go-to meals that you prepare from left-overs? Do you plan your week knowing what you can make from a previous meal?  I do.  I love making a chicken or turkey for a family dinner then using the left-overs for a savory slow cooked soup.

Good soup is one of the prime ingredients in good living…. Louis P DeGovy

For Christmas, my darling husband gave me an awesome new slow cooker.  As you know from previous blogs, I love to cook and I love to prepare meals ahead of time.  I use my slow cooker and/or pressure cooker a lot – which is why I received a new one – my old one went to kitchen appliance heaven. 

My old slow cooker was so basic.  Plug it in and turn to either low or high.  It had an ‘auto’ switch, but I was really unsure what that was actually?  My new one – Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker, has settings and programs and a temperature probe. I was so excited to use it.  Which is why I decided on this recipe.  I make this a lot during the winter because – not only is it healthy, but it can warm you up on a cold winter day.  It can provide comfort to the soul and it costs very little to make.  

Turkey Noodle Soup

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup diced/chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced/chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
  • 2-3 cups diced turkey
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup uncooked noodles of choice
  • Parsley to taste

In your slow cooker, combine turkey, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.  Add uncooked noodles, broth and water. Stir. 

Cover with lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours or 4-5 hours on high.  Serve.

Tips: You can also use chicken in this recipe and you can adjust your ingredients to your liking – more spices (thyme and rosemary make a nice added flavour) or change up the type of noodles (egg noodles, elbow noodles, alphabet noodles for the kids).  If you are home during the cooking of this delicious soup, a small tip would be to add the noodles later – with 4-5 hours left. They can get a bit mushy if in for the full 8 hours. If you are unable, putting them in at the start will still result in a scrumptious meal. I have done it both ways.

Please Note: In my ingredients photo… parsley is not shown (I simply forgot). In some of the photo’s, the slow cooker is shown with the lid latched in place. This was just for the photo. That option is for transporting it/travelling to another location for potlucks etc. Do not latch the lid during any cooking mode. This could crack the lid.

This is a perfect winter on the go meal for those of you who work full-time or involved in busy daily activities.  Throw it all into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on and leave it until dinner.  When I return home after work, my house smells delightful. Add in some warm croissants or rolls for that perfect broth dipping if you choose.

If you do a Google search, you will find plenty of slow cooker soup options. A favourite website of mine is All Recipes. Between that and Pinterest, I have plenty of recipe options to try.

What’s your go-to winter soup? Or better yet.  What is your go-to savory slow cooked recipe? I’d love to know.  Click below to send me your favourite recipe.

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Previous relevant ‘taste’ blogs that may peak your interest:

Slow Cooker Beef And Vegetable Soup

Sunday Yummy Sunday

Sunday’s Left-Over’s = Monday’s Mains

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