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A perfect way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers, this Turkey and Dumplings soup has these amazing crispy stuffing dumplings made from leftover Thanksgiving stuffing (or any leftover stuffing). A deep rich, turkey broth with chunks of roasted turkey and crispy baked balls of leftover stuffing is all you need to keep warm and snuggly.
So Thanksgiving is over. You have so many leftovers. What to do, what to do….make this Turkey and Dumplings soup!!! This stuff is super easy to make, and so full of comfort and flavors, you might even want to eat it all year round.
Roll that leftover stuffing in balls, bake until crispy and drop those suckers right into your hot, steaming bowl of turkey soup goodness for all the yums! This is one of those dishes that feels like it cures all your ailments. And it only takes 30 minutes to make!!
Got a cold? Make this soup! Just want to warm up in front of the fire? Make this soup! Just love soup? Make this soup!
If I haven’t convinced you yet, just believe me, you totally want this soup in you life. Plus, remember all those leftovers? You need to use them up! Leftover stuffing is the perfect way to make dumplings for soup.
The Ingredients for Turkey and Dumplings
Well, leftover turkey and stuffing are obviously the key ingredients here. If you don’t have leftovers, any kind of turkey will do, and you can make the stuffing balls with a box of Stove-top stuffing (Yup, I said it).
And guys, if you made homemade turkey broth with your leftover turkey carcass, that would be the most amazing extra bonus to this recipe. Because fresh made broth is always better. I actually used some turkey bones to make a bone broth which I used to make this soup. However, if you don’t have either of these, store bough turkey broth (or even chicken broth) will work as well. I recommend buying a lower sodium broth so you can have more control over the salt content.
How to Make Turkey and Dumplings
I am in love with how easy this soup is guys. First, preheat the over to 400 degrees.
How to make stuffing dumplings
Combine the stuffing with the eggs in a large bowl. Mix together well and form the stuffing into golf ball sized balls. If stuffing is too dry and won’t stick together, add a touch of broth, but not too much. If the stuffing is too wet, add a couple tbsp. of bread crumbs or flour until they can be formed into balls.
Place the stuffing balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until they are golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.
How to make turkey and dumplings
While the stuffing balls are cooking, heat the olive oil in a dutch oven and saute the onions and carrots for 3-4 minutes, until they are softened. Add the turkey stock and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down to simmer and add the turkey. Season with the salt and pepper; add more to taste is desired. Add the cream (optional) and simmer for about 5 minutes; remove from heat.
Ladle soup into bowls and place 2-3 stuffing balls in each bowl to serve. Garnish with fresh sage if desired.
Can stuffing dumplings be frozen?
Place the stuffing dumplings on a baking sheet in the freezer and let freeze for about 3 hours, or until frozen through. Place them in a freezer bag and store them up to one month for the best results. To thaw, place in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet in the fridge overnight. Place in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes to crisp the outside again.
Can I freeze Turkey and Dumplings Soup?
I recommend freezing the stuffing dumplings separate using the above instructions. To freeze the turkey soup, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to one month for best results. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. To reheat, either heat in the microwave or on the stove top until heated through. Add the stuffing dumplings when ready to serve.
What to do with leftover stuffing
The best part about Thanksgiving leftovers is coming up with creative new ways to use them. If you’ve got a crap ton of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing, try making these Crispy Turkey and Cranberry Stuffing Balls.
What to do with leftover turkey
So much leftover turkey….does that sound like your house? Try these recipes to use up those leftovers:
Tools used to make this Turkey Dumpling Soup
– Lodge dutch oven
– Baking sheet
– Parchment paper
– Chefs knifeDid you make this turkey and dumplings soup with stuffing dumplings? Rate the recipe and leave me a comment to let me know how it turned out!
Turkey and Dumplings Soup
- Preheat the over to 400 degrees.
- Combine the stuffing with the eggs in a large bowl. Mix together well and form the stuffing into golf ball sized balls. (SEE NOTES)
- Place the stuffing balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, until they are golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.
- While the stuffing balls are cooking, heat the olive oil in a dutch oven and saute the onions and carrots for 3-4 minutes, until they are softened. Add the turkey stock and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to simmer and add the turkey. Season with the salt and pepper; add more to taste if desired. Simmer for about 5 minutes and remove from heat.
- Ladle soup into bowls and place 2-3 stuffing balls in each bowl to serve. Garnish with fresh sage (optional).
- If stuffing is too dry and won't stick together, add a touch of broth, but not too much;
- If the stuffing is too wet, add a couple tbsp. of bread crumbs or flour until they can be formed into balls.;
- Using turkey bone broth instead of regular turkey broth will give you a richer soup;
- It helps to refrigerate the stuffing dumplings before baking them if you are having trouble keeping them together.
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