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This easy leftover turkey soup recipe is fast, simple to make, and healthy. It’s loaded with vegetables and has a silky and irresistibly seasoned broth!

You may also like my Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup or Easy Turkey Tetrazzini.

a bowl of leftover turkey soup

Why you’ll love it

This easy turkey soup recipe hits the spot on a cold day. The potatoes melt in your mouth and make this soup extra comforting. A splash of cream makes the broth taste even better without going overboard! It’s a light but creamy turkey vegetable soup.

This is a low-effort, quick soup that won’t feel taxing after making a Thanksgiving feast with Roast Turkey. Here in Canada our Thanksgiving is in October, so being a food blogger, I’m all turkey’d out by the time American Thanksgiving rolls around!

What you’ll need

  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Onion, garlic, celery, and carrots – the aromatic base to any great soup
  • Potatoes – I use baby potatoes
  • Chicken broth – for more savory depth in the broth
  • Italian seasoning – this delicious blend of dried herbs comes in a single jar
  • Turkey – we’re adding already cooked turkey meat near the end so it doesn’t further dry out
  • Heavy cream – just a hint of cream gives this soup a special something-something. You could leave it out, but I don’t recommend it.
ingredients for leftover turkey soup in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • I use this Le Creuset Dutch oven for this soup.
  • Easily mince garlic with a garlic press. No peeling cloves is required!
  • This Henckels chef’s knife makes chopping vegetables a breeze.

How to make leftover turkey soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sautéing onions and adding potatoes and broth to a soup pot

In a soup pot or Dutch oven, sauté the onion until golden. Add in the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add in the celery, carrots, potatoes, broth, water, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a gentle boil.

adding leftover turkey to a soup pot and mixing in cream

Reduce the heat, partly cover, and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the turkey meat, and let it simmer more until the potatoes are cooked through. Stir in the cream and season with salt & pepper as needed.

Substitutions and variations

  • This recipe would work well with cooked chicken as well. It doesn’t have to be turkey! Or even leftover turkey breast meat will work.
  • I chose little potatoes, but you can definitely use the same weight of regular-sized potatoes.
  • This is a flexible soup. Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand that need using up.

What to serve with turkey soup

  • This is a hearty and filling soup, so all you need is a slice of some fresh crusty bread to go with it.
  • For a soup and salad combo, try spring mix with my Creamy Balsamic Dressing or this homemade Italian Dressing. No blender is needed for either of them!

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftover turkey soup in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Reheat over a slow heat slowly until warmed through, taking care to not dry out the turkey.
  • You can freeze this one for up to 3 months.
a pot of leftover turkey soup with a ladle

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a bowl of leftover turkey soup
4.98 from 42 votes

Easy Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

This easy leftover turkey soup recipe is fast, simple to make, and healthy. It's loaded with vegetables and has a silky and irresistibly seasoned broth!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 large carrots peeled & sliced
  • 1.5 pounds baby potatoes cut into halves
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked turkey meat or more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until it's lightly browned (5-7 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, broth, water, and Italian seasoning. Increase the heat to high and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pot with the lid slightly open. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the turkey meat and allow the soup to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. 
  • Stir in the cream and season with salt & pepper to taste. 


  • You don’t need to use baby potatoes… regular ones are fine as long as the weight is similar. I just find them easy. 
  • I used 2 cups cooked turkey, but you could definitely add a lot more if you need to!
  • Serves 4-6.


Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 699mg, Potassium: 842mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 6448IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on November 13, 2017. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. We’ve been making it since you published it. Such great flavor and so simple!
    I typically make this with turkey stock I’ve made from our turkey carcass and almost always get enough turkey off the carcass to make this soup. For stock: Turkey carcass, an onion quartered, 3 carrots scrubbed and cut into thirds, 3 celery cut into thirds, 3 bay leaves 6-8 cloves of garlic smashed, 4-6 sprigs fresh parsley, 8 peppercorns, two tablespoons of salt and enough water to just cover it all. Boil 3-4 hours and strain reserving turkey meat, if desired.

    1. I don’t think this one is too big of a deal… it’s not like Alfredo sauce, for example, but if you feel more comfortable when adding it after thawing, that would be fine too. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I added portobello mushrooms. Used Mediterranean oregano instead of Italian seasoning. Used about 1/3 of potatoes, added bok choy chopped with Turkey. Only added 1 cup water. Absolutely delicious flavor. There was a bit of bacon wrapped Turkey in fridge that I threw into onions to get that flavor helped too

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks so much! Delish! I left out the celery and added noodles. Next time I’m going to try adding some shredded Parmesan cheese to thicken it up and add some extra flavor!