2015-12-28 15.58.00Christmas has come and gone and when you look in your refrigerator, you probably see piles of leftovers. If you’re frugal like me, and hate waste, you’re probably pretty good at figuring out how to use them up. Today I made Turkey Gnocchi Soup that turned out quite tasty, so I’d like to share.



1 C leftover mashed potatoes
1/2-2/3 C flour
1 egg


2 C chopped turkey
3 C broth
1 can 2% evaporated milk (or 2 C low fat milk)
3 T butter
1/2 C carrots sliced thin
2 T onions, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 C chopped, fresh kale or spinach
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh nutmeg

Begin by using your leftover mashed potatoes to make Gnocchi. Mix mashed potatoes, egg and flour until it begins to form a dough, being careful not to overwork (I like to mix it up with my hands because its fun to squish). Roll into 8-10″ ropes and cut into 1″ pieces.

Put leftover turkey and broth into a large kettle and bring to a light boil. Add the gnocchi, stir and cover. Turn down to simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Meanwhile in a skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion and garlic clove. Salute for 3 minutes then add kale or spinach. Cover and cook on low for 5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and onions are translucent. Turn heat to medium. Add flour and stir until dissolved and slightly brown. Add cream and bring mixture to a boil. Add to turkey mix. Cover and simmer until soup thickens. Salt and pepper to taste. Grate fresh nutmeg over top of the soup (just a little). Enjoy!

We finished dinner with pears cooked in port wine and a small scoop of ice cream. So delicious!

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Leftovers used: turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies and wine.

What did you create with your leftovers?