Mary’s Tavern Recipes ~ Turkey Vegetable Tortelleni Soup


It was a cold, rainy day in Edinburgh when this picture was taken. Thankfully, I was snug upstairs in a pub. I had my pint and was getting ready to order some homemade soup.

Since most of the country is buried in winter, I can only think of starting my new themed blog posts with a hearty recipe of soup. This particular one was created recently. I pulled from the freezer the Turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and made a batch of soup with what I had on hand in my pantry. Homemade soup is one of the easiest dishes to put together. As always feel free to tweak your own. I’m always mixing things up.

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Turkey Vegetable Tortellini Soup

One Turkey carcass OR one small turkey breast, skinned.

4 large carrots, sliced into 1-inch pieces

4 celery stalks, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1-32oz. container Vegetable broth

1 cup dry white wine (optional)

2 teaspoons dill weed

2 teaspoons thyme

Bag of small tortellini (uncooked)

Salt and pepper to taste

Place the turkey, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, garlic, vegetable broth, wine, dill, and thyme in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the turkey and vegetables. At this point, I add a teaspoon of salt and a couple grinds of pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1-1 ½ hours.

Remove carcass and strip remaining meat. (This is a good time to check for any loose bones in the soup, too) Add turkey back into the pot. If you’re using a turkey breast, remove, chop, and put back into the pot.

Add the tortellini and cook for another 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper.

Serve with a side of sourdough bread and parmesan cheese.


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  1. sounds delicious . love turkey soup

    • This was the first time in many years that I saved the turkey carcass. I’m so happy that I did, Sharon. It was a quick, easy dinner and I put a container in the freezer for another meal. 🙂

  2. Vici

    Yummy!!! I use tortellini in my salads. In soup sounds even better

  3. Suzie Johnson

    We love tortellini too, I will try this recipe with the leftover baked chicken carcass. Thanks for posting.

  4. Anne

    Sounds wonderful….especially with the rainy weather (finally!). Good soup warms the heart and soul as well as the tummy. And the sour dough bread is good for dunking. I smile at this because it brings to mind my dear friend,Judy, who is long gone…The first time she saw me dunking (I think it was a doughnut in my tea) she was horrified and said “Ladies don’t dunk.” Ah, but this lady does. :)))))

  5. cutieb

    Sounds yummy!

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