Leftover Turkey Soup

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Leftover Turkey makes the best soup after Thanksgiving, it's always well seasoned so the broth is spectacular in rich flavor so this recipe is super easy.

We love to add tomatoes, beans of any kind, carrots, celery, and onion, leftover side dish vegetables, and make a huge pot during the black Friday shopping weekend to have a hearty repurposed turkey meal.

The best part about turkey soup is anything can go into the pot especially if you have leftover peas, carrots, corn, and green beans, you can turn this into a hearty vegetable turkey soup.

Scroll down to get our printable easy recipe.

this is a pot of leftover turkey made into soup

What to Add To Your Turkey Soup

  • leftover vegetable side dishes from the holiday
  • canned vegetables or frozen
  • any kind of pasta cooked and drained
  • rotisserie chicken instead of turkey
  • mixed frozen vegetables
  • green beans canned or frozen
  • canned black, white, or red beans
  • spinach leaves or escarole
  • diced celery, tomatoes, onion, garlic, are great flavor additions

turkey soup with beans

Cooking Methods

  1. Stovetop simmered for at least 2 hours
  2. Instant Pot using the pressure cooker mode to instruction book (around 45 minutes)
  3. Slow cooker/crockpot on low 6 to 8 hours using only boneless turkey

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Optional Ingredient Suggestions and Tips

  • use all chicken broth or stock
  • Add  some Pecorino Romano cheese on top when serving
  • always season to taste salt and black pepper
  • cubed zucchini or another squash is a nice addition
  • use all fresh herbs not dried
  • rice instead of pasta can be substituted
  • add canned stewed tomatoes for a more robust flavor

Easy Recipe

If you have never tried to make homemade soup, you're missing out on an easy really economical meal.

This version is more turkey vegetable soup or turkey bean soup since everything is in mine including spinach.

If you love a spicier soup add some cayenne pepper to it or use red pepper flakes on top of the soup as a garnish.

The grated cheese as a garnish will also enhance the flavors of this soup, and serving this with leftover rolls made into croutons is wonderful as well!

Leftover Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Soup

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Leftover turkey is so easy to repurpose and this soup is comforting with a bold flavor. Add some pasta and make it a whole meal.


  • 2 fingerling carrots around 2 cups or use sliced carrots
  • 3 stalks celery, around 1 cup
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped around 1/2 cup
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil or leftover Turkey fat
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups leftover turkey, chopped
  • 3 1.2 cups turkey broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups cooked pasta of choice to package instructions and drained (this goes in after the soup is cooked or you can also add white rice instead
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • Optional: 1 cup lleftover corn, peas, or whatever other vegetables you may have leftover from a holiday, white or red kidney beans, green cut beans, 1 cup mixed vegetables, 1 cup spinach or escarole
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper for heat
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese for garnish


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in oil or fat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, any vegetables you are using from the list, celery, carrots, parsley, granulated garlic powder, water, turkey., pepper, salt if needed to taste
  3. Simmer on low until the vegetables get soft around 25 minutes.
  4. Cook your favorite pasta to package instructions, drain and add to the soup before serving.
  5. Garnish with grated cheese.

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This is a huge pot of the real deal Wedding soup filled with a bowl of Authentic Traditional Italian Wedding Soup. This is how to make Italian Wedding soup with all fresh ingredients in this bowl of soup. Meatballs, Celery, Carrots, Acini Di Pepi pasta, diced tomatoes in a rich chicken broth homemade from scratch.

Other Favorite Soup Recipes

Ham Cabbage and Potato Soup

Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup

Lasagna Soup

Homemade Tortellini Pasta


  1. Niiice! Way to make me wish I had some leftover Thanksgiving turkey :)

  2. That looks gorgeous, perfect for a cold and rainy day like today.

  3. Me too! I wish I had some leftover....

  4. That is some delicious looking soup. Cannellini beans is one of my favorites.

  5. Claudia - you know your way around soup. Everything here is pure goodness.

  6. This does look delicious..while I do not have turkey from Thanksgiving I do have some smoked turkey legs I bought from the grocer! The light broth with the chunks of turkey and beans does look tempting.

  7. This is definitely a fantastic Italian style recipe and perfect for this time of the year.

  8. just yesterday made a big ol' pot of white chicken chili, turkey would have been good too - your leftover soup sort of reminded me of it but I know yours was awesome...

  9. Turkey, and cannelini beans...oh my!
    Super tasty, and comforting!!!
    I feel bad for not making a turkey this year. Will have to make it for Christmas, or sooner.

  10. Yum! Great use for leftovers - cannelini beans are my favorite.

  11. Mmm, I might have to go buy some turkey to make this soup! I have no leftovers!!

  12. Oooh, that sounds delicious and healthy! I;m sick as a dog, I have a soup week coming up.

  13. I love this soup, Claudia! I love all those big cannellini beans!

  14. First, I really love anything from a crock pot. I also really like that you puree the veggies for this soup. We love soup, but big chucks of vegetables detour my kids. I'm going to try this next time I make a soup with lots of veggies. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic, It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Keep posting!



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