You’ll love this rich, Creamy Turkey Soup. Loaded with protein, noodles, and veggies, this comforting dish is perfect to serve in the cold winter months!
It’s great for using up your leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. With so much flavor, this hearty and satisfying soup will become a new family favorite!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Looking for another great soup recipe to add to your repertoire for the winter months? Try this turkey noodle soup! Creamy and satisfying, this soup is loaded with veggies and hearty turkey for a filling meal.
If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or any holiday meal, this is a great way to reinvigorate it and ensure it doesn't go to waste! Best of all, this leftover turkey soup is ready in just 30 minutes.
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- butter - gives your soup a rich and buttery flavor.
- onion - for a distinctly oniony taste that pairs well with the other veggies.
- celery and carrots - provide pops of color and lots of healthy nutrients.
- garlic - pulls together all the flavors.
- flour - ensures that your soup gets nice and thick.
- chicken broth - any kind of broth will work, but I like chicken broth for the poultry synergy.
- half and half - thickens up your creamy turkey soup.
- dried parsley and dried oregano - for extra herby flavor.
- mushrooms - provide an earthiness that grounds the other flavors.
- cooked turkey - a great way to use leftover turkey!
- egg noodles - lots of noodles would work here, and egg noodles are a great option for how well they hold up in a soup.
- Melt the butter in a large pot.
- Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic, then cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the flour.
- Cook another 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, half and half, parsley, oregano, mushrooms, turkey, and noodles.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook 6-10 minutes, or until noodles are cooked to your preference.
Adding dairy like half and half or heavy cream is a surefire way to thicken your soup. Using flour is also a good way to create a good base. If you find you want it even creamier, you can transfer a few cups of the soup to a blender and blend well, then reincorporate with the rest of the soup.
While turkey sandwiches are the classic option in our house, using leftover turkey to make this turkey noodle soup is a great way to get the absolute most out of your leftovers!
Compared to a lot of other meat protein, turkey is up there in terms of health benefits. It's a great source of protein, it's low-fat, and it has minerals and complex B-vitamins. As a milder tasting protein, it's great to use in a wide variety of recipes!
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- There are lots of shortcuts for this recipe that can cut down on prep time. Frozen diced onion is a great option when you don't want to go to the trouble of chopping one up!
- You can also buy carrots and celery pre-washed and cut, as well as pre-sliced mushrooms.
- Garlic comes minced in a jar, which can be a huge help when cooking.
📌 Making leftover turkey soup is a surefire way to give your leftovers new life! This creamy and hearty soup will quickly become a winter favorite--you may even need to run out to get another turkey!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Low-salt chicken broth can be used instead of regular. You can also use another kind of broth, like bone broth or vegetable broth.
- Half and half comes in low-fat and fat-free options, if you'd like to reduce the fat in this soup.
- Add additional seasonings like black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, or red pepper flakes for additional zing.
- To give your soup a dash of color, sprinkle with some paprika before serving.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Store your creamy turkey soup in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, portion some into a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in the microwave. If you're looking to reheat a large portion, pour it into a pot and reheat on the stove top.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
This creamy turkey soup can easily be served as a main course or a side dish. To serve as an entree, pair it with some Homemade Cheddar Slow Cooker Bread or a Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad. Or, if you want to serve your soup as a supplementary side, serve it with Baked Avocados or Chicken Grilled Cheese!
✔️ More Soup Recipes You'll Love
- Roasted Red Pepper Soup - An upgrade to classic tomato soup, this dish is great to serve alongside grilled cheese.
- Slow Cooker Chicken Soup - Classic and comforting, this chicken soup is so easy to prepare in the slow cooker!
- Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup - You'll love this creamy soup loaded with healthy vegetables.
- Low-Carb Taco Soup - This keto recipe from Stay Snatched takes all your favorite taco flavors and cooks them into a delicious soup!
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
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📋 Recipe Card
Easy Creamy Turkey Soup
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.3 tablespoons butter
- Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.1 chopped onion, 1 celery stalk, sliced, 2 carrots, peeled and sliced, 3 minced garlic
- Add the flour and cook for another 2 minutes.3 tablespoons flour
- Add the remaining ingredients and bring the soup to a boil.4 cups chicken broth, 2 cups half and half, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ½ cup sliced mushrooms, 2 cups leftover cooked turkey, shredded, 6 ounces egg noodles
- Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 6-10 minutes or until the noodles are cooked.
- Shortcut suggestions:
- Use frozen diced onion
- Buy celery sticks already cleaned and washed
- Buy carrot chips (already washed, peeled, and sliced)
- Buy pre-sliced mushrooms
- Use jarred minced garlic
- Substitute low-salt chicken broth for regular, if desired.
- Use low-fat or fat-free half and half, if desired.
- Season with some black pepper, garlic powder, or cayenne for extra zing.
- Sprinkle with a dash of paprika for extra color when serving.
- Serve alongside crusty bread and a salad for a delicious meal, or as a side dish along with grilled cheese or other toasted sandwiches.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.