Leftover Turkey Soup With Pasta

by Diane Lofshult on Nov 01, 2005

Here’s a healthy way to use up all your turkey leftovers during that long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Pair this soup with some crusty whole-wheat bread and a simple green salad for a total meal that takes only a few minutes.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup minced onion

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups water

1/2 cup chopped 33%-less-sodium ham (about 2 ounces)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup uncooked ditali pasta (about 4 ounces short, tube-shaped macaroni)

3 cups chopped cooked turkey

3 cups thinly sliced napa (Chinese) cabbage

Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic, and sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add water, ham, pepper and broth and bring to a boil.

Add pasta and cook 8 minutes, or until pasta is done. (Make sure the soup is boiling when you add the pasta and that it comes back to a boil for the rest of the cooking time.)

Stir in turkey and cabbage, and cook another 2 minutes, or until cabbage wilts. Makes eight 11/2-cup servings.

Per Serving: 194 calories (23% from fat); 4.9 grams (g) fat; 21.8 g protein; 14.2 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 44 milligrams (mg) cholesterol; 483 mg sodium.

Source: October 2004 Cooking Light.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...