Easy leftover turkey noodle soup

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Making a big pot of turkey noodle soup is the best way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers! It’s creamy, savory and filled with delicious herbs and veggies! Your family will love this easy, hearty meal.

Nothing compares to homemade soup. It’s just so flavorful, comforting and delicious! I have too many favorite soup recipes to count. A few you should try, though, are this copycat zuppa toscana, pasta e fagioli, and Italian wedding soup!

Hero image of a ladle scooping up turkey noodle soup.

Turkey noodle soup (great for Thanksgiving leftovers!)

I don’t know about you, but after Thanksgiving I always have more turkey than I know what to do with. You can only eat so many turkey steaks before you burn out, so make this soup instead! I honestly think it rivals my homemade chicken noodle, and that’s saying something! Once you try this turkey noodle soup for yourself, you’ll see what I mean. It’s just too good.

This is one of my favorite things to make after Thanksgiving because it’s so comforting and delicious. The broth is extremely flavorful and creamy! Once you add fresh herbs, vegetables and thick egg noodles, it really comes together. Of course, we can’t forget about the leftover Thanksgiving turkey you worked so hard on! Shred up some juicy bits of goodness in this delicious homemade soup. From there, all you have to do is grab some salty crackers and get ready for a fun night out!

Ingredients for Turkey Noodle Soup

The beauty of this turkey noodle soup is all the pantry staples it uses. Once Thanksgiving is over, the last what I want to do is take a trip to the supermarket! See the recipe card below for the exact dimensions.

  • Butter: Used to cook the diced vegetables.
  • Onion: For soups I usually use sweeter onions. Go for white or yellow!
  • Roots: You want these to be peeled and diced.
  • Celery stalks: I like diced celery in soup because it adds the best texture!
  • Chopped Garlic: Fresh garlic is best for adding savory flavor.
  • Spices: Time to get out your spice rack! To give your soup the best taste, also add dried thyme, dried parsley and dried basil.
  • Flour: Add a little flour to thicken your stock.
  • turkey stock: This acts as the base of your soup. You can use pre-packaged stock or make your own! Chicken stock also works.
  • Grated turkey: Another way to use up leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving!
  • canned evaporated milk: A must-add for creaminess.
  • Salt and pepper: Add both to taste.
  • Noodles: I used dried homemade egg noodles.
  • Frozen peas: You throw this in at the end to make your turkey soup a bit firmer.

Use stock cubes

For an extra hit of savory flavor, toss one chicken stock cube! It gives this turkey noodle soup the perfectly spiced umami taste. I usually use 1 bouillon cube per 2 cups of water.

Let’s make some homemade soup!

This noodle soup is SO easy to make and the best for leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! Your family will love it. Once you start making soup from scratch, you won’t want to go back!

  1. Cooking vegetables: In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and melt. Then add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the garlic, thyme, parsley and basil and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add flour: Sprinkle the flour over the cooked vegetables. Stir until a paste forms.
  3. Add broth: Add the stock, thyme, parsley and basil and beat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
  4. Mix the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer: Add the shredded turkey, evaporated milk, and noodles to the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Season: Before serving, adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper if necessary. The seasoning should be adjusted depending on how spicy the turkey you are using is. Garnish with fresh parsley!
3 photo collage of soup ingredients being added to a large pot.

Making Homemade Turkey Broth

This turkey noodle soup is super easy to make from scratch thanks to all the leftovers from Thanksgiving. If you want to make homemade turkey stock, save the carcass and bones of your turkey. Add to a large soup pot with a quart of water along with your favorite herbs and seasonings. Then let it simmer for about 3 hours and strain it when done. You can use this in place of packaged chicken or turkey stock.

Turkey noodle soup served in an earthenware bowl.

Save leftovers

What’s better than leftover soup? It’s so easy to heat up for a hearty lunch. Now that you’ve made a big pot of turkey noodle soup, here’s how to make it taste fresh and delicious!

  • In the fridge: Store turkey noodle soup in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Can turkey noodle soup be frozen?

Yes! Let your turkey noodle soup cool, then transfer it to a one liter freezer bag. Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Close-up of turkey noodle soup.


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and melt. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the garlic, thyme, parsley and basil and cook for 1 minute.

  • Sprinkle the flour over the cooked vegetables. Stir until a paste forms.

  • Add the stock, thyme, parsley and basil and beat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.

  • Add the shredded turkey, evaporated milk, and noodles to the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.

  • Before serving, adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper if necessary. The seasoning should be adjusted depending on how spicy the turkey you are using is. Garnish with fresh parsley!



Serves: 6

Calories410kcal (21%)Carbohydrates35g (12%)Egg white32g (64%)Fat16g (25%)Saturated fat8g (40%)Polyunsaturated fat1gMonounsaturated fat4gTrans fat0.3gcholesterol122mg (41%)Sodium1429mg (60%)Potassium690mg (20%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar11g (12%)Vitamin A5766IU (115%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium212mg (21%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Dinner

kitchen American

Keyword thanksgiving turkey noodle soup recipe

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