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Leftover Turkey with Squash Soup

Total time:55 minutes
Prep time:15 minutes
Cook time:40 minutes

Using leftover Thanksgiving Turkey is always a challenge. Instead of the traditional turkey sandwich try this healthy soup with chunks of butternut squash and you can even use leftover corn.

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, chopped and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, (1 small to medium), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme, or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 cups shredded leftover turkey
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth, squash, thyme and cumin; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add turkey and corn; return to a simmer and cook until the turkey and corn are just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add lime juice and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper.