a simple and healthy soup that you can make in your instant pot, slow cooker or stove! A delicious and easy turkey soup that everyone will love! This is the perfect leftover turkey recipe! Easy to make paleo, keto, Whole30 or gluten-free. Customize it with noodles, rice or make it creamy, it’s up to you!
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There’s nothing worse than eating Thanksgiving dinner 4 times in a row to use leftover turkey… that’s why this leftover turkey is a MUCH better option!
This is not just any leftover turkey soup… it’s the BEST leftover turkey soup. What makes it so good?
Well, we use peacock bone broth (which you can do if you follow this turkey broth recipe!), plenty of hearty veggies, and all that leftover turkey for maximum flavor.
It’s cozy, easy to make and delicious! It can also be paleo/whole30 friendly or gluten-free depending on the supplements you use. There is a long list of substitutions below!
If you’re looking for how to cook your turkey, this Crockpot turkey breast is the best! (And if you’re still planning your Thanksgiving menu, check out these 50 healthy Thanksgiving recipes!)
This soup is so simple to make. Especially if you are enjoying this after a vacation. you’re probably tired of all the cooking/accommodation/travel you did, which means you probably don’t want to spend MORE time in the kitchen.
All you have to do is chop some vegetables + leftover turkey, sauté and throw it into the instant pot, slow cooker or stove! It’s really not easier. Here’s what you’ll need to make the leftover turkey soup recipe.
Ingredients of turkey soup To make this leftover turkey soup recipe you will need:
- olive oil
- onion, garlic, carrots, celery
- salt and cooked turkey pepper broth
- zoodles or
your complement of choice (
zoodles, rice or pasta)You can find substitutions for all these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions chart. Cooked rice, Quinoa,
noodles are great additions!
Make Turkey Soup
Making leftover turkey soup is very simple. Below are the instructions for the stove, but you can easily do this in the slow cooker or instant cooker (see recipe for instructions)
- Chop your vegetables + leftover turkey meat
- Sauté onion + garlic, then celery + carrots until soft. Add spices, cooked turkey meat + broth.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat for 20 minutes
- When ready to serve, serve cooked rice, noodles or zucchini noodles.
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This soup is easily customizable. Feel free to get creative with your add-ons, and see below some of the things we’ve tried.
Store and serve this easy turkey soup recipe
As the soup settles, the rice/zoodles will absorb the broth/liquid and become thicker. Don’t worry! Just add more broth when you’re ready to eat your leftovers.
This soup is best served with a big piece of crusty bread and lots of Parmesan cheese! Fresh basil and cracked black pepper also add a lot of flavor!
We hope you love this simple leftover turkey soup recipe. It’s great for after the holidays, or really EVERY time you have turkey leftovers that you have to use! If you like this recipe, you’ll love our turkey pie soup too!
Can you make this easy turkey soup recipe in the cooking pot?
Yes, you can make soup in the cooking pot: the longer it is cooked, the softer and more tender the turkey pieces become.
I’ve included crockpot instructions for this soup below. It’s important to note that you don’t add the pasta/rice/zoodles (whatever you’re using) to the slow cooker until you’re ready to eat the soup. If you let them cook in the soup, they will turn into porridge!
Can you make Instant Pot turkey soup
Yes, you can! See below for instructions. Here are some tips for making turkey soup in your instant pot.
Be sure to actually scrape the vegetables from the bottom of the pot to avoid getting a burn notice
Don’t*add rice/pasta/zoodles to the instant cooker for cooking. Cook them separately and add them when you’re ready to serve.
How can I thicken my turkey soup?
Thickening the soup is easy to make. Put a tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Beat in 3-4 tablespoons of broth.
Once combined, add the mixture to the pot and stir over low heat. However, we do not recommend trying to thicken this soup. It’s meant to be a broth-based soup, not a thick soup.
How long can you keep a turkey carcass before making soup?
You can keep a turkey carcass for 3 days before making soup. Make sure you get all the meat out of it. Learn how to make turkey broth.
Looking for other healthy crockpot recipes? Check out these healthy slow cooker recipes!