One of my very favorites to make—and something my sister Ashley begs me to make when she comes—is Turkey and Tortellini Soup. The original recipe is from Epicurious and I’ve deviated only slightly from it. It really is a wonderful way to make your leftover turkey fresh, and the flavors in the soup are so wonderfully developed in a short amount of time.
If you have the time, simmering your turkey bones to make homemade stock as a base is not only frugal but also incredibly delicious and healthful!
Throw this together for a day-after-Thanksgiving feast (perhaps after a day of Black Friday shopping?) and your family will thank you for not just pulling out leftover stuffing and potatoes.
Heat oil in a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add green pepper, onion, garlic, basil, fennel, and red pepper, and saute for 10 minutes or until soft.
Add stock; cover and simmer for 10 minutes more.
Add in zucchini and carrot; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until veggies are almost tender.
Uncover and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and boil until done (check package directions). Reduce heat to low and stir in turkey; let cook about 1-2 minutes, just to warm turkey. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.