Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Smokey Turkey and Dirty Rice Soup

While trying to store something in the pantry just before Thanksgiving, I noticed a box of Zatarains Creole Dirty Rice Mix that had been taking up space for a long time and I made a mental note to toss it later.  Then, the next day I read the recipe from Chris at Nibble Me This, using the dirty rice and leftover turkey for one of his favorite soups.  Since it was cold here after Thanksgiving and we had everything on-hand but the red kidney beans, we made up a batch.  Please check Chris' blog for the original recipe and his usual great photo.

Smokey Turkey and Dirty Rice Soup – Adapted from Nibble Me This

1/4 cup butter (mine was salted)
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup all purpose flour
8 cups homemade poultry broth - warmed
8 oz package Zatarains Dirty Rice Mix (with seasonings)
3 cups chopped turkey
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
hot sauce to garnish if desired

1. Preheat a stock pan over medium high heat and melt butter.  Sauté veggies for 5 minutes, until starting to turn tender.  Season with a little salt and pepper while sauteing.  
2. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until blended into a light roux (about 1-3 minutes).
3. Whisk in 1-2 cups of broth gradually while constantly whisking until the roux is well combined into the liquid.  Stir in the rest of the broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Stir in the Dirty Rice Mix and continue simmering for 25 more minutes.
5. Add the turkey, kidney beans, thyme and oregano and let simmer for 15-25 minutes longer.
6. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

Ours turned out a darker than Chris' as I used roasted turkey stock for the liquid.  Bev said "this is good, actually, it's really good" and I agreed.  So if you have a box of dirty rice mix taking up space at your place, you now have a use for it and if not, you may want to pick up a box and rotisserie chickens for an easy week-night meal.  Thanks Chris for a delicious dinner.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


12/1/13 meal date


  1. I saw this on Chris' site and wished I had some leftover turkey so I could make it.. still sounds good!!!

  2. I have to try this, Larry. It sounds delicious and it's a perfect meal to serve on these really cold days. I hope all is well with you and Bev. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I have seen that dirty rice mix in the grocery store but have never tried it. Your soup looks delicious, Larry. Our turkey is long gone but a rotisserie chicken will be a good substitute.

  4. Larry, Leave out that bell pepper...perhaps substitute jalapeno...and I'd be ready to go for this bowl of comfort! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. This sounds like a great meal for a cold, wintry day like today.

  6. Okay - you know I don't cook so I have a question for you. Why is it called "dirty" rice? Your soup sure does look good.

  7. YUM! I saw this on his site too and thought it looked delicious. Your photo is making me crave a big bowl of this soup.

  8. A perfect soup for our rainy/snowy/cold/icy day! Love the rich color of the broth.

  9. I have some leftover Turkey in the freezer, but Leeanne says I must finish the Split Pea and SPAM before I can make another soup.

  10. I know I would love this especially because I love me some dirty rice!

  11. I saw this on Chris's blog and bookmarked it to make. Now I know I have to do it. Yours looks outstanding.

  12. Soup is an outstanding cold weather meal. This one looks great, and I'm sure your turkey broth had plenty to do with that.

  13. That does sound like a really good recipe and a great way to use the turkey in my freezer.

  14. I haven't had dirty rice since we lived in south Louisiana. Sounds perfect with left-over Thanksgiving turkey.

  15. I've got one of those exact boxes of rice in my pantry. I'm loving this recipe.

  16. I'm glad that y'all liked it. I like the idea of using white beans just as much as kidney beans or maybe even a mix.


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