I made this soup with home made turkey stock that I made from the carcass of my bird for Thanksgiving – recipe is on a prior post – and the leftover meat.  This was REALLY tasty, and very quick to make.  I started with  a recipe from a magazine, but I added so much stuff to it that it really does’nt even resemble the original.  I used Brown Rice, but Wild Rice would actually be best.  Here is the recipe:
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
3 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cups chicken or turkey broth
2 1/2 cups cooked brown or wild rice cooked to package instructions.  I cooked the rice in home made turkey broth, not water
½ cup crumbled Goat Cheese
2 cups half and half
2+ cups cubed cooked turkey
½ cup flour
½ tsp dried tarragon
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp basil
½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
1)      In a large Dutch Oven, melt butter over medium high heat.  Add carrots, celery, and onion, cook, stirring frequently, till tender.  About 8 minutes or so.  Don’t let the butter burn.
2)      Stir in flour in small increments till blended, cook till bubbly.  Gradually whisk in broth, keeping mixture smooth.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook for 1 – 2 minutes till thickened.
3)      Stir in remaining ingredients, reduce heat, and LOW simmer for about 20 minutes… do NOT boil, just keep barely simmering.

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