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Delicious Leftover Turkey Soup

The perfect meal to use up all that leftover turkey from the holidays! Packed with fresh veggies, herbs and noodles, this leftover turkey soup recipe is super filling and comforting!

Turkey noodle soup in a white bowl.
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Perfect for Leftover Turkey

I know most of you are going to be looking for a recipe to use up all that leftover roasted turkey or smoked turkey after Thanksgiving. Definitely give this easy turkey soup a try! It’s very filling and also pretty healthy too.

This recipe is an easy way to pack in extra veggies for your family. My whole family loved it and the kids gobbled it right up. We’ll definitely be making it again this weekend!

If you love chicken noodle soup, you will love this leftover turkey soup too. We love to add the noodles to bulk up the soup a little, but you can easily omit them if you want to keep it low carb.

This turkey soup is simple to make, comes together in one pot and is ready in less than an hour. This is the perfect recipe to use up that leftover turkey along with this turkey tetrazzini or turkey pot pie.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Using leftovers. In our house, it never fails that we have lots of leftover turkey meat in the fridge after our Thanksgiving dinner. This turkey soup recipe is the perfect way to use it up! It’s also a great way to use up any leftover carrots, celery, onion and fresh herbs from other popular Thanksgiving dishes such as crockpot stuffing.
  • One pot. Everything cooks in just one pot (including the noodles), making clean up super easy and quick.
  • Comforting. Much like chicken and rice soup or pot pie soup, the savory flavor and hearty texture make this leftover turkey soup the ultimate comfort meal!

Recipe Ingredients

Made with a simple mix of veggies, noodles, seasonings and leftover turkey, this soup recipe is packed to the brim with all of the best flavors and textures!

Turkey soup ingredients on a marble counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Turkey: The star of the show in this recipe. Make sure to use leftover turkey that’s been cooked and shredded. Using both white and dark meat will give you the best flavor.
  • Veggies: Chopped celery, onions and carrots (also known as mirepoix) are sauteed in butter to add the perfect aroma to the soup.
  • Noodles: Uncooked elbow noodles are my favorite to use, but egg noodles are another great option. Cooked white rice or brown rice could also be added in before serving.
  • Broth: You can use chicken broth for an easy option, or make your own homemade turkey stock from the turkey carcass.
  • Herbs and spices: A simple mix of fresh thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper is all that’s needed to flavor this leftover turkey soup. Other spices that would taste delicious are parsley, sage, marjoram, rosemary, a bay leaf and poultry seasoning.

More Vegetables to Add

The beauty of this recipe is that you can add in any veggies you have on hand. I added the traditional vegetables that you typically find in a turkey soup, however feel free to add in any extras that you prefer. Such a great way to get those veggies in!

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Corn

How to Make Turkey Soup

This recipe for leftover turkey soup takes just 15 minutes to prep and is ready to devour in just about 45 minutes. It cooks in just one pot, making it the absolute easiest turkey soup recipe out there!

Showing how to make turkey soup in a 4 step collage.
  1. Cook the veggies. In a large pot over medium-heat, add in carrots, onion, celery and butter. Cook until onions are soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add in liquids. Next add chicken broth (or turkey stock) and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Mix in noodles and meat. Then stir in the noodles, cooked turkey, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Cook for additional 10 to 12 minutes (until noodles are cooked through).
  4. Serve. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with a leftover homemade dinner roll from your Thanksgiving meal!

5 star review

This recipe was the inspiration needed to figure out a way to make a veggie-filled turkey soup for my family. Thank you for this recipe and the chance to change leftovers into something comforting on a cold day. :-)

– Dina
Turkey soup in a white pot.

Recipe FAQs

Is chicken stock or broth better for turkey soup?

Either one can be used. If you have homemade turkey stock, even better. It will make the soup more rich and flavorful.

Can you use chicken instead of turkey?

Yes you can definitely use chicken if you’d like. We often make it whenever we have leftover shredded chicken or oven roasted chicken. Or if you prefer, you can make my chicken noodle soup recipe.

How long after cooking turkey can you make soup?

Cooked turkey will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days, so I’d recommend making this soup about 1-2 days after your Thanksgiving meal. That way if you have any leftover soup, the turkey will still be fresh for a few more days.

What to serve with turkey soup?

We love serving ours with a piece of crusty French bread or sweet cornbread. Leftover reheated lion house rolls from your Thanksgiving meal also taste delicious on the side as well!

Besides sandwiches and soups, what other recipes can help use up leftover turkey?

A trusty casserole such as turkey tetrazzini or a comforting turkey pot pie are two great leftover turkey recipes. It also tastes delicious in a breakfast casserole or quiche.

How Long Does It Last In The Fridge?

This soup will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. Just be sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to reheat it on the stove. Add soup to a pot and cook on medium-heat, until the soup is warm throughout. You may need to add in a little more broth or stock if the soup has thickened.

Can It Be Frozen?

If you’re planning to freeze the turkey soup recipe, I’d recommend leaving out the noodles when cooking. They tend to get a bit mushy when frozen and reheated. Just make the recipe without the noodles and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator over night. While warming soup back up on the stove, cook your noodles in a separate pot. Once noodles are cooked through, add to soup and enjoy!

Ladle full of leftover turkey soup.

Looking for more ways to repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers? Make these cranberry meatballs using leftover cranberry sauce or add your roasted butternut squash to a big fall salad!

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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
The perfect meal to use up all that leftover turkey from the holidays! Packed with fresh veggies, herbs and noodles, this leftover turkey soup recipe is super filling and comforting!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1-2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 43.5 ounces chicken broth (or turkey stock)
  • 1 cup elbow noodles , uncooked
  • 2 ½ cups turkey , cooked and shredded
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh thyme , or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • ¼ – ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt , plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper , plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium-heat, melt butter. Add the carrots, celery, and onion. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until onions are softened. Add the water and broth to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. 
  • Add the noodles, turkey, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Return a boil, and cook for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked. Ladle into bowls and serve warm.

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Notes

Variations: You can also use leftover chicken for this recipe too. Tastes just as yummy!
Storage: This soup will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. 
Freeze: Make the recipe without the noodles and store in an airtight container in the freezer. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator over night. Cook the noodles in a separate pot while you warm the soup. Once noodles are cooked, add to soup and enjoy. 

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7300IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American

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