October 22, 2019

Spicy Asian Noodle Soup with Chicken (or leftover turkey or tofu!)

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*Originally posted in December 2012*

I still had leftover turkey in the fridge, so here’s another soup recipe for you tonight! This one is incredibly easy and very adaptable based on your likes. It was ready in less than 30 minutes.


2 cups cooked chicken – you could use shredded rotisserie chicken and I bet it would taste amazing. Or you could probably substitute firm tofu, cubed.
I used about 2 cups of leftover turkey  

6 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons red curry paste

1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce (if you’re worried about spice, start with 1/2 Tablespoon)

5 oz rice noodles (like Maifun)

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

4 scallions, sliced

1/2 bunch of cilantro

Lime wedges (optional)


1.) In a medium sauce pan, bring broth and water to a light simmer.

2.) Wisk red curry paste into broth. Add Sriracha sauce. Bring back to a low boil.

3.) Toss in noodles and bell pepper. Cook until just tender (about 3 minutes)

4.) Toss in your cooked chicken, turkey or tofu. Bring to a low simmer again.

5.) Ladle soup into bowls, top with scallions and cilantro. You could serve with lime wedges, which you could squeeze over the soup right before eating.

I think this would also be good with mushrooms – but I like mushrooms in asian-flavored soups. If you add these, I’d use a cremini mushroom and toss them in before noodles so they can cook down.  My husband thought there were too many noodles in the soup – but in all honesty I tossed in the whole 6 oz package because I didn’t know what to do with the extra 1 ounce of noodles. You can adapt based on what you like.

I wouldn’t freeze this soup. I’m guessing the rice noodles wouldn’t freeze well. Anyone freeze rice noodles before? I’d love to know your experience.

Source: Recipe adapted from a recipe in the January/February 2013 edition of Rachael Ray magazine.

This soup recipe is part of our Soup and Salad recipe series! You might also like:

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October 8, 2019

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumpling Soup recipe - Creamy chicken soup with dumplings, peas and carrots

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumpling Soup

*This post was originally shared as part of our Crocktober series in 2015*

It’s a rare night when I make something in the crockpot and we’re able to eat. it. all. in one night. But this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup was so good that we didn’t have any trouble! We had company over for dinner – and they loved it, too! Everyone had second helpings.

I also cannot emphasize how EASY this recipe was. From throwing in frozen chicken breasts to pre-made biscuits, it doesn’t get much easier than this. I think I could reasonably throw this together before heading out the door to take the kids to school. AND it’s inexpensive – you can find coupons for the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and Grands biscuits!


5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, frozen (we used four whole ones)
3 tablespoons butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 sweet onion diced (we used a regular onion)
3 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried tarragon (we used rosemary because we didn’t have tarragon)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 8ct pkg Grands flaky layer biscuits

We also added diced carrots and some frozen peas.


  1. Throw all the ingredients (except for the biscuits) into a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove chicken and shred with two forks.
  4. Cut biscuits into small pieces. You can pull about the different layers. I went for smaller sizes so that they would cook faster and not be doughy.
  5. Add uncooked biscuit pieces back to soup, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Stir it up, so all the dough and chicken is submerged in liquid.
  7. Cook for an extra 45 minutes on high.
  8. Stir again and serve!


Do you make chicken and dumpling soup in the crockpot? What’s your favorite variation?

Here are other Slow Cooker Crockpot recipes we’ve recently posted:

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October 1, 2016

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

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Hot & Sour Soup Recipe

I’ve been on a soup kick lately and this Hot & Sour Soup recipe is one of my favorites. I like it because – it’s inexpensive, it’s easy-to-make, the flavors are intense and it keeps well for leftovers. Its also easily changed – you can add chicken, leave out mushrooms, add scallions or water chestnuts, omit eggs – there are many options depending on what you prefer.

This is a great soup when you’re fighting a head cold. The slight spicy and vinegar seem to do wonders for congestion!

Makes about 8 Cups of soup

Chicken broth – 8 Cups

Rice Vinegar – 1/4 Cup

Soy Sauce – 2 Tablespoons

Sriracha – 1 Tablespoon
Add more if you like it extra hot. But be careful, it’s supposed to be Hot AND Sour. 🙂 

Mushrooms, I prefer Crimini – 3-4 Cups
I love mushrooms and they always cook down. But if you’re not a huge fan you can omit or reduce the amount of mushrooms

Tofu, firm – 9 ounces, diced

Cornstarch – 1 Tablespoon, mixed with Tablespoon of water

2 fresh eggs, whisked until scrambled

Optional: water chestnuts, chives, chicken, bamboo shoots, peas or other vegetables, salt and pepper to taste


1.) In a large pot, add chicken broth, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha and simmer on medium

2.) In a small, separate container mix cornstarch with water until it’s dissolved. Add to the pot of broth.

3.) Add mushrooms and tofu, bring soup to a simmer so mushrooms can cook down.

4.) When mushrooms are cooked to your liking, and broth is simmering with a light boil, add whisked eggs to the broth and stir until eggs are cooked and mixed into broth.

Makes about eight heaping one (1) Cup servings. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, serve with white rice or stir fry.

This is an adaption from a Weight Watchers Hot & Sour recipe from years ago. If you want a lower calorie soup, you can leave out the eggs and use low fat broth.  I’d love to hear what you think of this!

Like soup? Check out these soup recipes that I’ve posted in the past: 

October 23, 2015

Crockpot Lasagna Soup recipe


Oh my goodness. If you like lasagna – you must try this recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup. It is creamy, rich, cheesy and just like a homemade lasagna – without all the layering and work that comes with making a lasagna. Not that I’ve ever made a lasagna before, I should confess to that. But now that I’ve made lasagna soup – in my slow cooker of all things – I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to make a labor intensive lasagna! Why bother! I think this would be a perfect meal to make on a Sunday and invite all your family over for dinner. They’ll be super impressed and you’ll be happy because you spent so little time in the kitchen.

Okay, I’ll stop raving about it now and just get right into the recipe.


19 ounces italian sausage links, cut into bite-size pieces
This is the typical size for the Johnsonville italian sausage packages. If you have more, or less, it won’t matter much. Just add what you have or however much you want.

1 onion diced finely
My husband could live without this all together. They still have a bit of crunch even after 8 hours in the crockpot. Your call.

5 garlic cloves minced

1 Tablespoon dried Oregano

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

One (1) 6 oz can of tomato paste

Two (2) 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
I used oregano, basil flavored tomatoes. Most recipes call for a 28-oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes, but I didn’t have this on hand. So I added a 4-oz can of fire-roasted chilies for that smokey flavor. If you use the fire-roasted tomatoes, you could probably leave out the 4 ounces of chilies.

One (1) 4 oz can of fire-roasted green chilies

2 bay leaves

6 Cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

10-12 ounces uncooked pasta
I used shells, but you could use whatever kind you have on hand!

Ricotta and shredded mozzarella cheese for topping



1.) In a large slow cooker (6 quart or larger probably) combine all the ingredients except pasta and cheeses. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

2.) For the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in your uncooked pasta.

3.) When ready to serve, ladle into bowls and add a dollop of ricotta and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. If you want to get fancy you can put it under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until the cheese has melted and started to brown. I admit – I tried this and nearly burned my cheese and the bowl was so hot, it was difficult to manage. I recommend just adding the cheese and stirring it in to melt. It won’t look as pretty, but it’s a lot less work.

You can also serve with garlic bread. I burned mine, so the chickens are eating it now. 🙂

Thanks to Back to Her Roots for the inspiration for this recipe!

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Come back and tell me what you think about it! I hope you like it as much as we did!


February 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup recipe - so easy and it uses frozen tortellinis, so great meal when fridge is empty!Find this and other recipes on my Slow Cooker Pinterest board.

Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup

If you’re looking for a savory, robust and very filling soup, this Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup is amazing! My husband loved it – raving all night about how good it was. I like this recipe because I think it would work well without meat, without mushrooms and because it comes together so easily. This recipe will definitely make it into our regular slow cooker rotation.


6 cups of spaghetti sauce
You can use homemade, I used a 24-oz store-bought jarred roasted garlic spaghetti sauce without meat.

1/2 lb browned ground beef

1/2 lb browned italian sausage, sliced (about 3-4)

4 cups of chicken broth

8 oz cream cheese
I used regular, not low fat cream cheese. I find that the lower fat cream cheeses can curdle in the slow cooker. The more you stir it the more likely it will all dissolve if you do opt for low fat cream cheese. I’d be interested to try this recipe with just regular half-and-half, eliminating this problem all together?

8 oz sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms

16 oz frozen cheese tortellini

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Handful of fresh spinach leaves (optional), cut into strips


1.) If you want to throw it together quickly in the morning I recommend cooking up your meat the night before. Brown your ground beef and italian sausages (separately). Drain beef. Cut cooked sausages into thin slices. Refrigerate until morning.

2.) In the morning, combine spaghetti sauce and meat, chicken broth, cream cheese and mushrooms to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

3.) About 30 minutes before dinner, turn Crockpot to HIGH and toss in frozen tortellini, fresh spinach and parmesan cheese. Give it a good stir and cover and cook until it’s tender and hot.

4.) Serve it up and slurp it down. Top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese if you prefer more cheese.


This recipe was sent in by Monique W. as part of our Crock-tober series. Because we featured her recipe here on the blog she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!  Send in your recipe and if we feature your recipe – you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card as well.

(This recipe is adapted from Heather Likes Food blog


Need a Slow Cooker? I’ve found the best places to look are Costco and Amazon in terms of price and quality.  See all the current slow cookers available on Amazon at this time.

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November 22, 2014

Turkey Noodle Soup (Thanksgiving leftovers!)

Turkey Noodle Soup - Using turkey leftover from your Thanksgiving feast!

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Turkey Noodle Soup recipe

I love making turkey noodle soup using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! It’s so easy and it’s a great way to make the most every ounce of that turkey you slaved over on Thanksgiving. The great thing about this Turkey Noodle Soup recipe is you really can’t screw it up. The measurements in this recipe are just recommendations and can be modified based on the size of your pot and how much turkey you have left.

This recipe is for a BIG pot of soup. Enough to fill my almost 7-quart dutch oven. You can reduce the ingredient amounts if you are making a smaller batch. We also like to emphasize the NOODLE part of the soup – we love noodles! But you can leave those out if you choose, too.


10-12 cups homemade or store bought turkey or chicken broth
Depending on size of pot you can start with 8 cups and add more if you have room.  We used frozen turkey broth that we had made in the slow cooker.

5 cups uncooked egg noodles
We really like the Costco egg noodles, in a bag. Very affordable, too!

3-4 cups of leftover turkey meat, diced 

1 -2 cups finely diced onions

1/2 to 1 cup diced celery

1/2 to 1 cup diced carrots

3 garlic cloves, minced
Add less if you’re sensitive to garlic. We love it in our house. 

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried sweet basil

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional – I also like to add a can of drained sweet corn. But my husband doesn’t care for it – so I left it out this time.

Turkey Noodle Soup - Using turkey leftover from your Thanksgiving feast!


1.) Use a dutch oven or large stock pot, at least 6-quarts in size. I have the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 6-3/4-Quart Oval French (Dutch) Oven, Cherry and I adore it.

2.) Over medium heat on the stove top, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute diced onions, carrots, celery and minced garlic until softened and starting to brown.

3.) Pour chicken or turkey broth into dutch oven.

4.) Add diced leftover turkey

5.) Add thyme, basil and bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6.) Bring to a low rolling boil.

7.) Add egg noodles and continue to boil until noodles are cooked through

8.) Remove bay leaf

9.) Serve with warm bread or rolls

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! Do you like to make soup with your leftover turkey? I’d love to hear how you make it! 

Here are some other recipes you might like:

October 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup with all the fixin’s


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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

Have you ever had a Twice Baked Potato? Well this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup is like having a bowl full of the creamy inside of a twice baked potato. It’s delicious, incredibly filling and very frugal to make. Oh and easy, too.


3 1/2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces – I probably used more like 4 pounds

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped – I left this out to avoid my kids complaining

1 package (10 oz) of frozen chopped broccoli

4 cups of low sodium chicken stock – I used my slow cooker chicken broth from earlier in the week.

1/3 cup of half and half

1/3 cup of sour cream (plus extra for garnish)

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Garnish ideas – Sour cream, scallions, bacon (cooked and crumbled), shredded cheese, diced ham – what else do you put on your baked potatoes?

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October 14, 2013

Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Minestrone soup

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Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone Soup

Here’s an easy crockpot minestrone soup made with ground turkey and lots of vegetables. You can’t really mess this up – you can add more of what you like and less of what you don’t. You can leave out the turkey if you prefer to make it vegetarian style.  You could probably also change out the turkey for a beef minestrone soup.


Chicken broth, 5 cups

Ground turkey, pre-cooked, 16 – 20 ounces

Oregano, 1 Tablespoon

Carrots, 1 Cup sliced

Celery, 1 Cup sliced

Garlic, 2-3 cloves chopped

Onion, 1/2 Cup chopped

Beans, 3 cans, red kidney and/or white northern beans

Tomatoes, 1 can crushed

Pasta, 1 pound, cooked


1.) Pre-cook your ground turkey

2.) Toss the turkey and ALL the ingredients, except the pasta, into the slow cooker.

3.) Cook on high 4-5 hours. Add cooked pasta and serve.

Do you have a favorite Crockpot Minestrone recipe? What do you like to add to your minestrone soup.


It’s Crock-toberAs part of this month-long series I’ll be featuring slow cooker and crockpot recipes that are easy and inexpensive!  This recipe was sent in by klegyrl as part of our Crock-tober series – so she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! Send in your recipe and if I feature your recipe on the blog you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!

Here are some of the slow cooker recipes we’ve featured this month:

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