Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




Turkey Herb Soup

Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

8 cups water
1 1/2 cups carrots, 1/4-inch diced
1 1/2 cups celery, 1/4-inch diced
1/2 lb butter or 1/2 lb margarine
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 cups yellow onions, 1/4-inch diced
1 cup celery, 1/4-inch diced
1 cup carrot, 1/4-inch diced
1 1/2 cups white flour
8 cups water
5 tablespoons turkey base
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/3 cup diced dried cranberries
1 lb cooked turkey breast, cut into bite size pieces

Heat 8 cups water to a boil. Cook the 1 1/2 cups carrots and 1 1/2 cups celery for 8 minutes until soft. Strain and cool in cold water. You will add these to the finished soup. In a pot, melt the 1/2 pound butter. Add the 2 tablespoons garlic, 2 cups onion, 1 cup carrot & 1 cup celery. Saute for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour and continue to cook for 5 minutes on low-medium heat.

Add the 8 cups water and 5 tablespoons turkey base. Blend with a hand held mixer until smooth. Add 6 cups water, salt, pepper, sage, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Heat to 190 degrees or a low simmer. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat until thickened. Add cream, parsley, turkey meat, cranberries, cooked carrots and celery. Stir to combine. Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.

Notes:  At Souplantation/ Sweet Tomatoes, this is served with stuffing. You can use instant stuffing in a box made according to package directions.

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