Monday, April 13, 2009

Gnocchi Chicken or Turkey Soup/Great with left over turkey

Do you ever wonder at the waste when tossing out the entire carcass of the turkey at thanksgiving or any other time? I raised four kids, sometimes on my own entirely. I couldn't afford to throw away anything!

  • Place the entire carcass of your turkey after the meat has been sliced and picked clean into a large pot
  • Fill pot 2/3 full with water and let it cook several hours.
  • Place a colander or strainer over another large pot or slow cooker and transfer all of the broth into it .
  • Be sure to pick out any meat that has cooked off the bones and place back into the broth.
    For a low fat content: set the broth in refrigerator over night and clean off the solid fat that rises to the top.

    Mix together:
  • 2 cups cooked meat-turkey, chicken or other meat (chopped in small pieces, approx 1" cubes)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large potato diced small
  • 1 small can mushrooms or 1 cup of fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. oregano or Italian spices
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups or 3 cans of broth or broth from turkey)
  • 1 16 oz. gnocchi

  • 1 hour before dinner is to be served, add the ingredients above to your broth and bring to a boil.
  • Let simmer until vegetables are tender.
  • Add gnocchi according to pkg.instructions. (approx. 3 min. or until they all float to the top) Do not over cook the gnocchi.

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