Homemade Turkey Soup Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 11 reviews

Turkey Soup is the perfect laid-back meal after the Thanksgiving holiday rush. The hot, delicious broth is loaded with turkey, veggies, and noodles then simmered with herbs and spices. Ready in 30 minutes!

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Easy Leftover Turkey Soup

This Classic Turkey Soup is how I recharge after the frenzy of holiday cooking. It’s the ultimate comfort food during cold weather, and being able to use up the leftovers just makes this recipe even better.

Also, this dish is healthy, filling, and only requires pantry ingredients. Since it freezes so well, you can make a large batch so you can enjoy it all winter long.

It has everything you need for a full meal – meat, vegetables, and starch. In addition, it requires pretty much no time to make and is ready in less than 30 minutes.  My entire family absolutely loves it as I’m sure yours will too!

turkey soup ingredients

What goes into Turkey Soup?

  • Turkey: I prefer dicing mine, but you can shred it if you like it that way.
  • Broth: Nothing compares to the flavor of homemade broth. Use this recipe for stock and just replace the chicken carcass with turkey. But of course, using store-bought is fine as well.
  • Vegetables: You’ll need a couple of celery stalks and around three peeled large carrots, sliced. Dice an onion as well.
  • Seasonings: Aside from salt and ground pepper, we’ll also flavor the stock with bay leaves and a little poultry seasoning.
  • Flour: This will be our main thickener.
  • Olive oil: Use high-quality olive oil, because it really adds something special to the dish.
  • Shell noodles: We’ll be cooking them right in the noodles, so prepare uncooked dried shells.
  • Parsley. Optional, but I love the herby taste it adds to the stock.

How to make Turkey Soup?

  1. Start with the onion. Sauté it until soft, then sprinkle with flour and continue sauteing for about a minute.
  2. Add the meat and veggies. Pour the broth, followed by the meat, vegetables, and seasonings. Simmer everything for about 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
  3. Finish with the noodles. Next, take your dried noodles and put them all in the simmering stock. Cook until al dente. Then, turn off the heat, discard the leaf, and gently stir in the parsley.
  4. Serve. Season with more salt if desired, and serve hot.

steps how to make turkey soup

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Swap the broth: this recipe will also work with beef or chicken stock, and veggie broth.
  • Use other starches: you can also use potatoes, egg noodles, brown or white rice, sweet potatoes, amaranth, or quinoa here. 
  • Use other vegetables: bell peppers, brown or white mushrooms, and fresh spinach or broccoli florets are great additions.
  • Add other herbs: if you want a stronger herb flavor, stir in some basil or thyme.
  • Make it gluten-free: use gluten-free pasta and flour.
  • Make it creamy: stir in a little heavy cream for a creamier texture. 

How do you add flavor to turkey soup?

The key to a flavorful stock is the broth, seasonings, and herbs. That’s why I highly recommend making your own stock because you’ll be getting all those wonderful roasted flavors from the carcass.

Also, be generous with the seasonings, and don’t skip the poultry seasoning because it adds a hit of umami to the dish.

How to thicken turkey soup?

The flour and the starch from the pasta are enough to thicken this dish to my liking. But if you want a thicker consistency, you can always use a slurry.

Take some of the hot stock and dissolve an equal amount of cornstarch in it. Then, slowly pour into the pot and boil to thicken.

turkey soup in a Dutch Oven

Can you use leftover turkey for the soup?

If you still have leftovers from your roast, yes! But if you don’t have any, you can always make a quick trip to the deli to get some. In addition, white chicken meat, or shredded chicken will work as well.

What to serve with turkey soup?

A bowl of this plus fresh rolls will take you to comfort food heaven!

Crusty Irish Soda Bread and Beer Bread are also fantastic sides. For a healthy and light meal, enjoy it with a simple salad.

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How to freeze turkey soup?

If you’re making this to store, I recommend dividing it into freezer bags to make it easy to portion out and reheat. Also, I suggest leaving out the pasta as well so that it doesn’t turn mushy, but you can always freeze it with the pasta too.

To reheat, do it on the stovetop if you’re adding dried pasta. If not, doing it in the microwave is fine.

turkey soup with noodles

Recipe tips:

  • Cook the pasta right in the broth because the starch makes it deliciously silky.
  • Use homemade stock for a deeper flavor.
  • Also, chicken broth can be substituted for turkey broth. 
  • You can add more or fewer veggies based on your preference.
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5 from 11 reviews

Turkey Soup Recipe

Turkey Soup is the perfect laid-back meal after the Thanksgiving holiday rush. The hot, delicious broth is loaded with turkey, veggies, and noodles then simmered with herbs and spices.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins

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Calories: 307 Carbohydrates: 24 Protein: 25 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 76 Sodium: 1248 Potassium: 673 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 4791 Vitamin C: 76 Calcium: 57 Iron: 2
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melissa chapman

When it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers this looks like a winner. A one pot meal with all the food goups always works for me and I am sure it will for everyone else.

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Amber Myers

Oh perfect, I'll save this after Thanksgiving. We always have so much leftover turkey and never know what to do with it.

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Tasheena

This is perfect to make and have on hand for those cold fall nights. Looking forward to making this recipe.

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Pam Wattenbarger

We always have so much turkey left over. This soup recipe is the perfect way to use it!

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Sarah Bailey

This sounds like one of those soups you turn to when you want something really soothing and warming. I definitely need to try it out.

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Heather

This turkey soup recipe is calling my name. What a great way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

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Janeane M Davis

This seems like a really nice recipe. It doesn't seem hard to make and it is something that will be good this time of year.

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Maysz

Wow beautiful and delicious soup recipe! I would love to try this recipe and I'am sure my mom would love this soup!

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Melissa

There is nothing better than a good turkey soup after Thanksgiving! I am sure to make this one soon.

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Nikki Wayne

Sounds like a great way to enjoy turkey. I'm craving for a soup like this.

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Chef Dennis

Hmm yum! This Homemade Turkey Soup look sooo comforting and scrumptious! I must try this.

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Ruth I

Wow! This turkey soup looks incredible. I love to have some for my family. I'd love to try this as soon as i can. This looks really delicious! I love comforting foods.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This turkey soup looks and sounds so delicious. I totally want to try this recipe.

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Nyxie

This looks delicious! I've never been a big fan of turkey until recently. Now I can't get enough.

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Kelli A

Growing up in a family of hunters, Turkey soup was the one thing there was always a big stock pot of growing up the weeks after thanksgiving. It was a nice warm meal after being out in the cold all day.

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Swathi

This homemade turkey soup looks delicious perfect soup for cold days.

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rika

It's the perfect time to make this soup! That looks incredibly good! Perfect to warm me up on chill days! Yum!

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Lynndee

I love having soup when the weather is chilly or cold. Going to save your recipe for later. Looks delish!

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Heather

I just made my own bone broth soup tonight for dinner. Its so healthy!

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Tara

I've never made turkey soup before but this is a great idea for using up leftover turkey. Thanks for the recipe!

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