So, you guys. This soup is the first thing I’ve ever technically cooked in the #FLLdreamkitchen. Sure, I still don’t have countertops, so I was working off of a beer pong table. But, I was using the new range and cooking inside, so that’s a win.
What wasn’t a win? Well, the morning of my first-ever cooking experience in the new kitchen could not have been more of a disaster. I’ll spare you the details, but I woke up and realized the dog was sick, which was . . . messy (she’s back to normal now, just an upset stomach). Also that morning, a painter was at the house finishing up the trim work in the kitchen and dining room. So, the same very naughty dog decides to walk through the tray of white paint. Yes, paint-covered paws + newly refinished hardwood floors. Let’s just say, we’re lucky this pot of soup didn’t get chucked out the window in frustration.
I’m very glad it didn’t get chucked out the window, because this soup is delicious, and perfect for a Friendsgiving celebration. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have out-of-state friends in town for the holidays, and might even be hosting one more big get-together in addition to Thanksgiving dinner. For our group of friends, that gathering will be the day after Thanksgiving, when only the simplest recipes will do.
For this hearty Italian-inspired soup, I used the leftovers from a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey. Like I showed you guys with my Roasted Turkey with Bourbon Apricot Glaze last week, this turkey goes directly from your freezer to the oven – meaning it’s ready in about 5 hours rather than the 1-1/2 days conventional turkeys take to brine, prepare and roast (not to mention thawing!).
You’ll be in and out of the kitchen fast with this Turkey & Gnocchi Arrabiata Soup recipe. Simply start by sautéing some onion, green pepper and garlic, then add a pinch (or two or three pinches, if you like heat) of red pepper flakes. In goes the chicken broth and a can of crushed tomatoes, then the chopped turkey and refrigerated potato gnocchi join the party. The gnocchi cooks in just 3 minutes, then it’s time to ladle into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and sit down to your Friendsgiving feast!
Disclosure: As a member of the Jennie-O Switch Circle, this was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jennie-O. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.