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Leftover (Wild) Turkey? Try this Soup Recipe!

Like its domestic counterpart, the wild turkey is a bird that keeps on giving after your Thanksgiving holiday feast and even after everyone has enjoyed having a turkey sandwich or two.

So, when your looking at what’s left of the great game bird’s carcass, it offers the final, arguably – the most delicious dish – (wild) turkey soup! And, WOW! Have I got a (wild) turkey soup recipe for you to try!

The scrumptious recipe below was given to me by my good friend and longtime turkey hunter Charles (Chuck) Kluver of Omaha, NE and I want to share it with you this Thanksgiving holiday period! Seriously, you gotta try this! Chuck says feel free to make your own adjustments to the recipe as I did.


Serves 8. Cooking time 45 minutes

8 oz. egg noodles (Kluski egg noodles preferred)

6 C canned chicken broth

4 T butter

1  3/4 C Cooked and diced (wild) turkey

1 C cooked peas (optional)

4 T red/green diced peppers

3 T diced celery

1/2 tsp minced garlic

Salt/pepper to taste

Bring 2 qt of water to rapid boil. Add noodles and boil for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Check for the desired tenderness. Drain and set aside keeping 2 C of the water. In large stock pot, melt butter. Add all ingredients except noodles and liquids. Cover and saute over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add noodle water, chicken broth and cooked noodles. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with warm hearth rolls or slices of homemade bread. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving week!


About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Communications and Marketing Specialist and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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