Last week I introduced my new blog series Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck. It is here that I’ll share something that I cooked up for my family and our thoughts on it. I’m doing this both in an effort to eat at home more, and to bust out of my cooking rut. If I help a few of you along the way, all the better!
I frequently make homemade chicken noodle soup, but last week I decided to mix it up a little bit and try something new. I had some ground turkey that I needed to use, and I had also purchased a bag of frozen dumplings at Kroger recently that I wanted to try. So I decided to swap the chicken for turkey and the noodles for dumpling and make a Turkey Dumpling Soup. I thought it sounded like a fairly safe experiment. ;-)
First I diced my veggies and added them to some melted butter.
After the veggies were soft, I added the ground turkey breast and cooked it until it was no longer pink.
Then I added 2 cartons of chicken broth and 2 packets of Swanson Flavor Boost, and brought the mixture to a boil.
I added the frozen dumplings and let the soup simmer for 30 minutes. I then added salt and pepper to taste. Here is the end result:
So what was the verdict? My picky children wouldn’t touch it (no shock there), but my husband and I really liked it! The only thing that would have made it better was a slice of crusty bread (my favorite splurge is the Tuscan bread from Whole Foods) and glass of white wine! I will definitely make this soup again.
This was my first time using frozen dumplings. I really liked the taste of these (Reames Flat Homestyle), but I think I’ll experiment with a different shape next time to see if they are a little easier to eat. As long as you have a large spoon, these work fine.
So what are you cooking in your kitchen this week? Do you have any tips to share with me as to how you would make this soup even better?
- 1 lb Ground Turkey Breast
- 1 12 oz Bag Reames Flat Frozen Dumplings (or dumpling of your choice)
- 2 - 32 oz Containers of Chicken Broth
- 2 packets of Swanson's (or similar) Chicken Flavor Boost (optional)
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 3-4 Medium Carrots, Peeled
- 1 Small Onion
- 3-4 Stalks of Celery
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Dice onion, carrots and celery.
- Melt 2 TBSP of butter in a dutch oven or soup pot.
- Add onion, carrots, celery and cook until soft - 7-10 minutes
- Add ground turkey breast to mixture and cook through.
- Add chicken broth, flavor boost (optional) and bring to a boil.
- Add Frozen Dumplings and cook according to the directions on the package. (30 minutes for Reames)
- Salt and pepper to taste.