November 28, 2014

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Looking for something to do with that leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast? Well look no further. Here's a simple and inexpensive, but most importantly delicious, recipe for leftover turkey noodle soup. A few on-hand ingredients and less than an hour is all you need to make this satisfying soup that turns leftovers into a completely new dish.

leftover turkey noodle soup recipe

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ribs celery, diced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced
  • optional greens: bok choy, chard, kale, shredded
  • 16 cups low-sodium chicken stock 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 box pasta (penne, rotini, etc.)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

leftover turkey noodle soup recipe

  1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes. 
  2. Add the carrots, celery and greens, and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the stock, turkey and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and simmer until soft (8-10 minutes)
  5. Add water to thin the soup if needed.
  6. Remove the bay leaves.
  7. Season with plenty of salt and pepper and serve. Leftovers freeze well.

What do you do with your turkey leftovers?

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  1. I lOVE turkey noodle soup! This year I just got a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey so I didn't have a ton of leftover meat.

  2. Looks yummy!! I love Chicken noodle soup so I'm sure this would be great :)

  3. these sounds so easy. i don't eat meat but my fiance would LOVE this. thanks for sharing!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  4. Yum that's a great idea. My sister usually make mini pot pies and sticks them in the freezer. I don't actually eat meat so I'm pretty useless when it comes to turkey leftovers :)

  5. I don't eat meat anymore but this has just made me soooo nostalgic for my mom's leftover turkey soup!!

  6. Awesome recipe Mar! Looks hearty and delicious! What restaurant have you had the best turkey soup? Remember to add it to your Besty List!

  7. what a great looking soup! So good. we usually just have tons of sandwiches. :)

  8. I usually make soup as well. This looks great, I'll have to try it!


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