Posted in chicken 1, Ingredients, Main Dish, Recipes, Soups

Smells Like Grandma’s House Soup

We had a turkey for Christmas dinner.  The leftovers were shared between my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and my family.  I used the turkey to make soup for the next day’s dinner.

When the Wee One walked into the kitchen for dinner, he sniffed the air.  Then he remarked, “It smells like grandma’s house.”  He was given a bowl and ended up devouring it.  While eating, he sang about Kookaburra birds, a Girl Scouts song.  My mother-in-law is a Girl Scouts leader, so this was an appropriate song.

The other fan of the soup was my Hubby.

So make this soup if you have any turkey or chicken left over from your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even dinner.

Smells Like Grandma’s House Soup


Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. chopped or shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 c. leftover veggies or frozen mixed veggies (We had leftover mixed veggies and corn.  That’s what was in our soup.)
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 – 2 c. water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 box of small pasta (I used whole grain shells.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste


  1. Combine the chicken or turkey, veggies, broth, water, bay leaf, and spices in a dutch oven or big soup pot.
  2. Turn the burner to high and allow the broth/water to boil.
  3. Once the broth/water is boiling, add the pasta.
  4. Follow the directions on the pasta box for how long to cook the pasta.  (Mine took about 7 minutes.)
  5. After the pasta is cooked, discard the bay leaf.
  6. Taste, and if necessary, add more spices to taste.
  7. Ladle into bowls.
  8. Enjoy with pretzel rolls, a slice of bread, crackers, or a biscuit.

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