Turkey Noodle Soup – A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com
I’m bringing back another popular Thanksgiving post from 2011 with updated images and step-by-step instructions. Trust me, this recipe is the perfect after-Thanksgiving dish, a delicious soup using leftover turkey and gravy! If you love to build out meal plans on Pinterest, pin this recipe’s step-by-step image to your recipe board.
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As much as I love my Thanksgiving turkey fresh out of the oven, I almost prefer the leftover meals you can make from it! My favorite is turkey noodle soup with vegetables. It’s simple to prepare and extremely comforting this time of year. The turkey cooked with chicken broth is flavorful enough, but for more richness I added my leftover turkey gravy into the mix.

You can add in any vegetables you want. I used what I had on hand, carrots, celery, potatoes, and kale. For the noodles, I had a mixture of small pasta like penne and chiocciole, but egg noodles would also taste delicious.

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Saute onions and garlic then the diced vegetables. Mix in the leftover turkey and add broth.

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Add noodles and simmer in broth, then add your chopped greens.

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Soup's ready!

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

  • 2-3 cups leftover turkey, chopped or shredded (try my baked turkey thighs)
  • 1/2 cup leftover gravy (or however much you have)
  • 4-5 cups chicken stock or water
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups small pasta or egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped greens, like kale or spinach (optional)

In a large pot on medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic for about a minute. Add carrots, potatoes, celery and thyme and stir for about 4-5 minutes. Stir in leftover turkey, then add stock and leftover gravy and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the noodles and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir in your chopped greens for about a minute and serve.

Total Time: 50-60 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
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Turkey Noodle Soup   A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers // wishfulchef.com

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4 Responses to “Turkey Noodle Soup – A Great Way to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers”

  1. marla November 17, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

    • Barb November 17, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      Thank so much, Marla :) Let me know when it’s up!

  2. Beth November 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    This looks so good! Thanks for posting it! I’m wondering how leftover mashed potatoes & dressing would work in this soup instead of noodles? What do you think?

    • Barb November 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Hmm interesting idea. It’ll probably make it pretty thick but if you do end up trying this out, please report back. Curious to hear if this works :)

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