Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

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This leftover turkey soup is a delicious, savory way to use up some of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey you’ve still got in the fridge.

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with this turkey soup recipe.

What To Do With Leftover Turkey

Leftover turkey recipes see a surge of traffic the day after Thanksgiving. And for good reason. There is usually a fair amount of turkey that needs eating after the holidays is done and gone.

A good leftover turkey recipe will help you enjoy what’s been leftover from the holiday festivities so that nothing goes to waste.

Turkey Stock

If you have that carcass left over from Thanksgiving, put it to good use and make turkey stock! There is nothing quite like homemade stock, and the good news is, it’s simple to make. Here’s how to make turkey stock. And I promise, it will take your homemade soup to new, flavorful heights.

Turkey Noodle Soup

A good chicken or turkey soup really needs more than just a good flavored broth. It needs something to fill that broth. And whether you prefer rice or noodles, both are equally wonderful at bulking up a good broth.

In my experience, it’s always better to cook the noodles separately to package directions. This recipe reflects that.

The best way to get the most flavor out of your pasta is to salt your cooking water. In a large pot of water, I will usually add about 1 tbsp. of salt. A good portion of which, will stay behind in the water when you strain the pasta.

Turkey Rice Soup

If you prefer turkey rice soup over turkey noodle, then it’s easy enough to switch the noodles for rice in this recipe.

What You’ll Need

4 cups chicken broth – Look for broth that is low in sodium and has no added sugar (a.k.a dextrose). You’ll probably add salt to this soup anyway, so having all the extra sodium in your broth is never a good idea.

1 cup sliced carrots – These can be regular, peeled carrots with green tops removed, or you can use baby carrots. Either one will work well here.

2 medium celery stalks – Slice these thin for the best texture in your soup. Large chunks of celery are rarely appetizing.

1 tbsp. garlic powder – Do not use garlic salt. A simple granulated garlic powder is all you need.

1 tbsp. dried onion – You can use onion powder if you don’t have any dried onions. Either one will work here.

2 tsp. dried sage – only use 1 tsp. if your turkey was cooked with sage. Otherwise, the flavor will overpower your soup.

2 cups cooked, shredded turkey – This will be your leftover turkey. Shred some of the pieces and add it to your soup. 2 cups is just a starting point. You can add more or less as you wish.

Noodles or rice – Add as much as you like at the end when serving. See notes in instructions for keep your noodles or rice from getting mushy.

How To Make Turkey Soup

  • Boil – In a medium sized soup pot, bring the broth, carrots, celery and spices to a boil.
  • Add – Boil until the vegetable are cooked to your liking and then toss in the turkey.
  • Cook – Cook for an additional 5 minutes just to warm the meat, and serve.
  • Serve – Add any cooked noodles or rice. Note that you may want to add the rice or noodles at serving instead of dumping them into your big pot of soup. Storing them separately will keep them from getting mushy from soaking up extra liquid in the soup overnight.

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Leftover Turkey Soup

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with this turkey soup recipe.

Leftover Turkey Soup

NOTE: I put my spices in a spice bag, not directly into the soup. But the choice is yours. You can cook add them any way you like. That said, if you do not use a spice bag (or tea ball), you may want to cut back a tad on the spices or your broth will be over run with it. Try half. You can always add more as needed.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 218.57kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • Soup Pot


  • 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium, no sugar added)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 medium celery stalks
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion
  • 2 tsp. dried sage (only use 1 tsp. if your turkey was cooked with sage)
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded turkey


  • In a medium sized soup pot, bring the broth, carrots, celery and spices to a boil.
  • Boil until the vegetable are cooked to your liking and then toss in the turkey.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes just to warm the meat, and serve.
  • Add any cooked noodles or rice. Note that you may want to add the rice or noodles at serving instead of dumping them into your big pot of soup. Storing them separately will keep them from getting mushy from soaking up extra liquid in the soup overnight.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include rice or noodles.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 218.57kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.39g | Protein: 25.3g | Fat: 6.87g | Saturated Fat: 1.64g | Cholesterol: 71.57mg | Sodium: 1910.63mg | Potassium: 995.72mg | Fiber: 3.02g | Sugar: 4.85g | Vitamin A: 10927.11IU | Vitamin C: 39.79mg | Calcium: 82.68mg | Iron: 2.21mg

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  1. Christina Ramos says:

    YUM…what a good way to use up leftovers. 
    My fave soup with turkey is Turkey Dumpling soup!!!

  2. Ashlee Gonzalez says:

    chicken noodle soup!

  3. Ashlee Gonzalez says:

    Chicken Noodle Soup!

  4. Jenni Smith says:

    Thank you!  Your recipes always turn out great!

  5. Jenni Smith says:

    My favorite soup recipe is tortilla soup!

  6. Amy Addison says:

    My favorite is Black Bean Soup.

  7. Amy Addison says:

    My favorite is black Bean Soup. 

  8. Alison Longworth says:

    Love leftover turkey soup. I love to turn Turkey soup into Asian Turkey Soba noodle soup. It is a change of pace for the usual flavors this time of year. 

  9. Janet Smith says:

    Looks like a yummy turkey soup, thank you for sharing it. What an awesome giveaway opportunity. Thank you!
    Blessings, Janet

  10. Janet Smith says:

    Oh my favorite soup is split pea 🙂

  11. Tiffany Hammond Christian says:

    We call it “SUNDAY SOUP.’ One of our Sunday evening activities is to clean out the refrigerator and we make a soup with all the little random bits of leftovers.  The only thing I typically add is a can of tomatoes or some stock.  It’s a fun way to make sure all the leftover vegetables get eaten and it keeps me from being wasteful and throwing things out when there’s not enough for a full serving or a meal.

  12. My favorite soup is Tomato Basil!

  13. Patti Nick Joseph Micale says:

    french onion or tomato

  14. Deb Thomas says:

    Best blog spot ever. Thanks for sharing all your great recipe’s  wwith us.

  15. Merry Payne Horne says:

    Have lots of left over turkey and this soup sounds easy and good!

  16. Paula Wright says:

    Recipe I like: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

  17. Lisa Evers says:

    Chicken and Dumplings if that’s considered a soup.

  18. Kimberly Bailey Newberry says:

    I love all soup but my fav would be Broccoli Cheddar

  19. Melanie Z. says:

    My favorite soup recipe is one for a chicken tortilla soup that i load with lots of veggies!!! 🙂 Thank you for this new recipe- i was trying to find the perfect soup to make this week and this is it!

  20. I love homemade vegetarian bean soups. No rhyme or reason to mine…I toss everything in!

  21. Nichelle Williams Leo says:

    My fave soup is Chicken Noodle. That was always our go to soup.

  22. Kelly Schaefer says:

    This lunch warmer would be perfect for me.  Our microwave “blew up” at work and they are not planning to replace it.  Thanks!  Kelly

  23. Dona Evans Price says:

    This one! What a great healthy way to get rid of the last of the turkey and also have a nice warm meal on a cold day or night!

  24. Gina Scavonne says:

    Thank you for all your hard work in the kitchen to make our time in the kitchen so much more healthier and easy!

  25. Katie Dawson says:

    My favorite soup recipe is one for a Thai Sweet Potato Soup.  It has coconut milk lemongrass and of course sweet potatoes! Delicious!

  26. KarenDenise says:

    My favorite soup recipe is taco soup. It’s great when the family wants the flavor of tacos but I don’t have time to make tortillas. I love the idea also of putting the spices in a tea ball! I never thought of that and will be trying it.

  27. Amanda Rieke says:

    It’s hard for me to pick a favorite soup. I love pasta fagioli. I love Rachael Rays Double Dumpling Chicken soup (made with gnocchi). I love Spinach Sausage Barley. We live in MN. In the cold months (which is most of them!) we have soup at least once a week! I’m always on the lookout for a new great recipe. 

  28. Liz Karem says:

    I don’t have any leftover turkey this year!!  But I look forward to trying this recipe soon 🙂  Maybe they’ll be some turkey sales??

  29. Liz Karem says:

    Favorite Soup = Tomato Basil

  30. Patti Feltes Winters says:

    Thank you! I was looking for a new way to use my leftover turkey!

  31. Nancy Weihrauch Avery says:

    My family LOVES split pea soup 🙂

  32. Lisa Ullrich says:

    I made a turkey soup last night and it’s delicious!  Thanks for all your great recipes!

  33. Darla Delaney says:

    I love red lentil soup because it’s super easy (and my son’s favorite) but this looks like a great changeup in the winter menu. It’s about 20 degrees in MN right now and blowing snow. Can’t wait to make this for lunch!

  34. Genevieve Anne White says:

    My favorite recipe is this:
    take onion and garlic, saute then add chicken and brown rice (about a cup) and cover and let boil for 20 minutes. Then add about 1/2 cup quinoa and as many veggies as you like, cover and let boil another 20 minutes or so until the chicken is done (add bullion only if you use plain water instead of  a bone broth or something similar – add when you add the chicken).  This is a harty stew that I LOVE to make this time of year and freeze portions. 🙂 YUM!

  35. thanks for the recipe!  trying it out today!

  36. oh and my fave soup recipe is butternut squash soup.

  37. Tonya Ann says:

    Love your blog!♥ It has helped me so much!

  38. Jayne DeBee says:

    Leftover turkey soup from the holidays is the absolute best!  Mom is visiting right now, and that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight.  Yummy!

  39. Tricia Rafferty Begnaud says:

    I love Chicken Noodle.

  40. TammyDouglass says:

    Yum! I like to add diced onion, spinach and wild rice too! I haven’t seen the crock pot warmer before…very cool!

  41. Peggy Dell'Orfano says:

    My grandmother always made chicken soup with leftover turkey! It was amazing!!

  42. Jen Ziemann says:

    One of my favorite soup recipes is butternut squash soup with a touch of ginger and other fall veggies added. Just smells like fall:)

  43. Anne Quiring says:

    The Butternut Squash soup is my favorite!

  44. Anne Quiring says:

    The butternut squash soup is my favorite!

  45. Tasha Brown says:

    Love soup in the winter! Portable personal crock might make me love it even more. 🙂

  46. Desirae McDonald says:

    My favorite soup is “clean out the kitchen” soup!! I just throw all my veggies in a soup that way they won’t go bad!

  47. Amanda Smith says:

    Your blog and recipes make it easier to eat healthier thank you so much for what you do!! 🙂

  48. Britt Olinder-Stevens says:

    I frequently enjoy a Asian themed soup with lot’s of veggies and chicken broth or miso, and an added egg and tofu.

  49. A.j. Morehead says:

     Clean Eating Chicken Soup is my fave so far!

  50. Tammy Huffaker says:

    Homemade tomato is my fave!

  51. Jaime LeQuire says:

    Clean eating soup is great during these cold days! It would be even better with this awesome personal crock pot!

  52. Kathy Tanner says:

    I love split pea with ham.  But this turkey soup sounds great.  I have left-over turkey I need to use up.

  53. Butternut Squash Soup, YUM!

  54. Carrie Howard says:

    Clean eating taco soup is my fav!

  55. Terrie Berry says:

    I love potato soup. So creamy and warm on these cold winter days.

  56. Nancy Nickerson says:

    I just LOVE turkey soup!

  57. H. Marlene Stratton says:

    My very favorite soup is great northern beans with ham hock!

  58. Becky Jordan-Tracey says:

    I love broccoli and cheese!

  59. Jeni Potter Scott says:

    The turkey soup looks delicious. Funny that I just made something similar over on Friday! I’ll have to try yours out too. Have a great week.

  60. Brani Cook says:

    Minestrone is my absolute favorite!!!

  61. Kristin Briley says:

    This one might be my new favorite! 🙂

  62. Julie Cioffi-Brawley says:

    This looks delicious.  I will have to try it.

  63. Suzanne Alexander Taylor says:

    I have a recipe for Chicken Pot Pie soup that is delish!

  64. Nur-Emel Noubani says:

    I love a good old-fashioned lentil soup with carrots, onion and celery 🙂

  65. Jeneva Rudis says:

    Sounds awesome!! I think this is my new favorite!

  66. Elisa Alexander Dubois says:

    I have a FABULOUS recipe for Italian Chicken Soup!!!  It is DELISH!!!

  67. AnneMarie Hughes Darichuk says:

    This is VERY cool.  Much better than the tried and true thermos … even when you warm it up with hot water first they never manage to keep it more than luke warm by lunchtime … fingers crossed.  Hope I win!!

  68. Sissimmons says:

    My favorite soup of all time is my Albondigas soup (a mexican meatball soup)

  69. Chelsea Oliver says:

    Clam Chowder or Taco Soup!

  70. Missilea0828 says:

    Yeah Soup!!! 🙂

  71. New to this site but loving everything I see. Cant wait to get started on my clean eating journey!

  72. Stacy Marie says:

    mmm….  potato bacon soup is probably my all time favorite!  🙂

  73. Ashley Burdick says:

    Potato Soup 

  74. I’m cooking the Leftover Turkey Soup recipe tonight…..it’s smelling like my favorite soup!!!

  75. The left over turkey soup is my favorite!

  76. C Lesmerises says:

    My favorite soups are chicken tortilla, split pea soup, and tomato soup. I couldn’t pick just one.

  77. My favorite soup is beef barley, loaded with veggies and either a chicken or veggie broth. I love it leftover especially. It gets a little thick, and I top it with a couple grates of fresh parm. Heaven!

  78. my favorite recipe was a pumpkin soup that i had while working in Philidelphia at the hotel resturaunt.  I was a sweet pumpkin soup not a spicey one.  I’ve never found a recipe similar 🙁

  79. My favorite kind of soup is one with just a TON a veggies. Especially cabbage. All done in the crockpot or dutch oven? Yummmm…

  80. Mary Pat Kenney Filer says:

    yum and made the cranberry stuffing today and sweet potato casserole and had hot chocolate for breakfast today!

  81. I love the Butternut Squash recipe! Yum!

  82. Jennifer Speedling says:

    I can’t wait to make the Turkey soup. I think I have just enough left. Thanks for everything you do. You are one of the people I have to thank for my new clean-eating lifestyle, which has shed 20 lbs.

  83. My favorite soup is fire roasted tomato. Yum!

  84. Matzo Ball soup…not sure there is a clean recipe for this!

  85. Sandra Ladd Castillo says:

    I love a good minestrone soup! 🙂

  86. Lisa Tatum says:

    Every year after Thanksgiving, I think to myself I need to start eating more turkey year round.  Gonna try a little harder over the next yeah! Gobble Gobble!

  87. Helen Peastrel says:

    This looks so easy (like so many recipes here), which is great for a beginner cook like me. Thank you so much for your blog!

  88. Amy Danberry says:

    Love love love soups of all kinds, winning this would be so awesome!!!

  89. Sunshinekids44 says:

    Love your website and look forward to your posts on Facebook.

  90. Flowergrower21 says:

    Something we call Cheese soup, which sounds very unhealthy, but is really root vegetable puree with a little cheese added. So good!

  91. Erinlvaughn says:

    This turkey soup is yummy

  92. I love making soups with barley instead of noodles! Fave!

  93. I love homemade Ham and Bean in my Crock Pot. Yummy!

  94. Tracie Merklinger says:

    My favorite soup recipe is chicken noodle!! Yum!

  95. Robyn Vines Smith says:

    I’m going to say butternut squash!

  96. Kelsey E Gibson says:

    Butternut squash soup! Easily my favorite but I can’t wait to try this one!

  97. graciouspantry says:

    AHAHAHAHA!!! Yes. Exactly! LOL!

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