Let’s work on transforming those leftovers to help save time and money! Today we are going to make a Simple Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup
(Original post date Dec 3, 2017. Links and post updated Nov. 28, 2021)
The fact is, here in America we have a food waste epidemic happening. It is costing our economy an estimated $144 billion. That is an outrageous amount of money that our economy cannot afford. Transforming what you have into new weeknight meals will not only save you time but save you money. This Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup is just one of many ways you can transform what you have!
So why are we wasting so much food? The two primary reasons why is because we stash Tupperware containers in the fridge and then forget about them until they go bad and we just grow bored of eating the same food. Let’s face it leftovers are not the greatest meals.
This doesn’t just happen with the home-cooked meals, this includes eating out. As American diets have changed throughout history so have the portion sizes. It’s a battlefield out there, consumers are looking for a bang for their buck. Which unfortunately leads to food waste.
The problem with this is societies view of things is the more food that we don’t consume, we take home and most often don’t feel like eating it and this is adding to the epidemic. But!! Now we have grown accustomed to these bigger portion sizes and complain when we get less.
It’s a mindset thing folks!! Just like portion control we need to change our mindset of using those leftovers in your fridge. Eating leftovers doesn’t always mean just reheating and eating dry leathery food. It could mean taking those leftovers and transforming them into a new incredible meal. Just like this Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup.
Loaded with veggies, cheesy tortellini, and tender leftover turkey swimming in a flavorful heartwarming broth. Perfect for these chilly fall nights and for those picky kids, because what kid doesn’t love cheese-filled pasta.
Next time you have leftover turkey remember to make this simple TLeftover Turkey Tortellini Soup and use up those leftovers. Let’s make small changes to change our future for the better one leftover meal at a time.
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FAQ and Tips
Common Questions that get asked about the recipe, and tips to save you time and money.
- Do I have to add the veggies in the recipe or can I add what I like?
Recipes are just guidlines feel free to experiment, just know the flavor of the soup will change.
- Can these be made ahead of time and reheated?
Yes, you can, but keep in mind that the longer the noodles sit in the broth the mushier they will become. This soup can also be frozen and reheated (just add the noodles in when you are reheating it)
- How long does leftover turkey last in the fridge?
Leftover turkey should be used within 3-4 days when stored in the refrigerator, or 4-6 months in the freezer.
Recipe for Simple Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup
Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup
- Slow Cooker
- 2 large carrots peeled and shaved
- 4 baby portobello mushrooms sliced
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 2 cups smoked turkey shredded
- 1/2 bunch fresh spinach chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 32 oz Turkey or Chicken Stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 19 oz bag frozen cheese tortellini
- red pepper flakes optional
- Add carrots, mushrooms, onion, turkey, spinach, garlic, oregano, and thyme to the crock pot and mix together. Then add the stock and water. Turn crock pot on high and allow to cook for at least 3 hours.
- Once 3 hours are up add in tortellini, cover and allow to cook for 1 hour. Serve with or without red pepper flakes and enjoy!
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