When it comes to leftover turkey, you can’t go wrong with a turkey sandwich, but for a change, how about giving these turkey soup recipes a try?
No matter how flawlessly juicy, moist, and flavorful your turkey is, leftovers are unavoidable, and soup is such a great way to make use of them.
For one, there’s a wide variety of soups to choose from. From thick bisques and curries to clear noodle or Tortellini soup, there’s a turkey soup for every mood. And every one of them is comfort in a bowl.
They’re also perfect for the season. What better way is there to warm your body on a cold autumn or winter evening than with a steaming bowl of soup?
Lastly, they freeze wonderfully. This means you can whip up a giant pot’s worth of soup, and none of it would go to waste.
Oh, and did I mention that all the soups on this list are incredibly delicious? So don’t just try one, try them all!
Thai flavors meet a classic American protein in this bangin’ soup!
It’s moist and tender turkey made ridiculously irresistible with a creamy coconut curry sauce. You’ll love how it’s both rich and refreshing at the same time.
Copious amounts of hearty rice noodles are thrown into the mix to make it into a complete meal.
I’m obsessed with curry, so expect this recipe to just be the second of many.
Curries are usually made with chicken, lamb, and seafood, but if you want to give it a healthier spin, you can’t go wrong with lean turkey.
What’s extra special about this soup is that besides turkey, rice is also cooked in the curry, which gives the otherwise bland grain a rich flavor.
Here’s another creamy turkey and rice delight. Don’t you just love complete meals in a bowl? They’ll make life easier and dinners more satisfying.
This scrumptious bowl is complete with wild rice, turkey, and vegetables tied together by a wildly creamy wine broth.
Turkey, potatoes, and carrots swim in a creamy and savory broth. The whole thing is slow-cooked for hours, which means the ingredients all absorb each other’s amazing flavors.
It isn’t just seriously delicious, but also hearty and comforting, as well. Is it cold outside? This soup will warm you up just right.
This soup is a combination of all things cozy and hearty: sweet potatoes, black beans, and leftover turkey.
Despite the many things that go into the soup, you’ll love how they all work so well together to create harmonious tastes and textures.
Lentils and turkey together in one amazing bowl: it’s as classic as classic can get.
It has such deep and intense flavors, you’d think it took hours to cook! In reality, all it takes is an hour, from the stove to the table.
Turkey and tacos join together to make a hearty Mexican soup.
To say it’s fully loaded is an understatement. It’s brimming with ground turkey, beans, corn, and not to mention, a phenomenal broth.
It’s so good it’s such a shocker that it’s also nutritious!
Make the most out of leftover Thanksgiving turkey and vegetables and turn it into a glorious soup.
The great thing about this soup recipe is that there’s no limit to the kind of vegetables you can use. Carrots, tomatoes, corn, peas, mushrooms — you name it.
This next turkey soup is happiness in a bowl. I don’t know how else to describe it!
From the rich tomato broth to the hearty wild rice to the savory turkey, every component in this soup is a sure winner.
The best part? It couldn’t be easier to make.
Ever tried using barley in place of rice or noodles? Give it a go! It’s amazing.
Besides the healthy grain, this soup is also bursting with turkey and vegetables. That perfectly seasoned broth is pretty spectacular, too.
I love how this soup is light and refreshing, which is a wonderful contrast to all the heavy dishes usually served at Thanksgiving.
Noodle soup is that dish your body craves when it’s not at its 100%. There’s a good reason why: it just screams love and comfort!
It may not have healing properties, but it can definitely perk up your mood and soothe your heart and soul.
12. Turkey Kale Soup
Kale isn’t normally associated to comforting dishes. This turkey kale soup, however, is an exception.
Leftover turkey, kale leaves, vegetables, and Italian spices make up this incredible soup.
The veggies make the soup hearty and satisfying, but the flavors are still primarily light and refreshing.
To me, gumbo is synonymous with joy… especially if we’re talking about this one!
Savory turkey, smoked sausage, colorful vegetables, hearty rice, and a thick and wonderfully seasoned broth team up in this masterpiece of a bowl.
The colors and flavors of Mexico are all present in this heart and belly-warming bowl.
I’m talking turkey, vegetables, chiles, corn, cheese, spices – the works! If delectable and creamy yet healthy is what you’re looking for, the search is over.
15. Turkey Orzo Soup
This soup is brimming with orzo (rice-like pasta), carrots, and turkey, and flavored beautifully with a mix of fresh herbs and spices.
It’s finished off with a spritz of lemon juice to make the flavors pop even more.
It seems like a complex recipe, considering all its many components, but it actually comes together in just half an hour.
This isn’t just turkey and tortilla strips floating in a soup. It’s way more than that.
In one bowl, you’ll get all the magnificent flavors of chiles, tomatoes, corn, and beans. Hearty isn’t enough to describe it!
Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the colors are together? It’s like eating a rainbow in a bowl.
This turkey bisque may be made up of mostly leftovers, but it’s so good it tastes as if it came straight out of a restaurant.
Besides smoked turkey, a medley of vegetables also gives this bisque character.
You’ll also love how its broth has just the right balance of light and creamy. It’s flavorful, but not overwhelmingly rich.
Most of the recipes in this collection have very similar ingredients. If you’re looking for something unique, this soup is the answer.
Made with mashed potatoes, orzo stuffing, leftover turkey, and smokey poblano peppers, this soup will definitely spice up your life.
Here’s another variation of the Mexican soup for your eating pleasure.
It’s filled with turkey, black beans, peppers, onions, corn, and a delectable tomato broth.
What makes the broth delectable, you ask? Um, just 4 ounces of cream cheese! It’s definitely something your tastebuds will fall for.
While a lot of the soups here have a creamy broth, this chowder takes the cake where creaminess is involved.
It’s made of heavy cream that’s thickened even more with cornstarch. It’s so wonderfully thick, the turkey bits, corn, and veggies are almost suspended in it.
If you’re craving a classic pot pie, but are watching your carb intake, this turkey soup is the next best thing.
Because it’s crust-free it’s much healthier than the traditional pie, but don’t think for a second that it won’t be hearty!
This soup is filled with vegetables, so satisfy you, it absolutely will.
The word “carcass” isn’t exactly appetizing, but this soup is.
The idea is to make an outrageously flavorful broth by simmering leftover turkey carcass in liquid, along with vegetables and seasonings.
The whole process takes about 4 hours, but it’s worth it in the end.
Do you know what makes turkey soup even more irresistible? Mounds of pillowy dumplings, that’s what!
Aside from the usual turkey and veggies, fill your soup with dumplings for a more delightful experience.
This turkey and corn chowder is superbly cream, even without any cream involved. If you’re looking for something light yet luscious, this is just the recipe for you.
The main protein here is turkey, but leftover rotisserie chicken works as well.
25. Keto Turkey Soup
The keto diet is getting much easier and easier to stick to, and this turkey soup is one of the reasons why.
If you tell me that going forward, all I can eat is this soup, I’ll be perfectly fine with it.
It’s complete with all the components my body needs for nourishment, and it’s hella delicious. The fact that I can potentially lose weight from it is really just a plus.
Traditional enchiladas are turned into a magnificent soup! I mean, what a thing of beauty, am I right?
This majestic soup is filled to the brim with turkey, corn, beans, sour cream, cheddar, and everything you can ever ask for in an enchilada.
Here’s what’s more: the recipe is a lot easier than it looks.
This bright bowl of turkey tortellini soup will instantly turn a frown around.
Between the cheese-filled tortellini and the insanely tasty broth, it’s hard to decide what to love more about it. Good thing there’s no need to choose.
Leftovers are transformed into a special-occasion-worthy soup in this next recipe.
The thing I truly appreciate about this recipe is how easy it is to customize. You can literally add in whatever vegetables you have in your pantry/fridge, and it’ll still taste awesome.
Carrots and potatoes? Go ahead.
Nutty Brussels sprouts? Throw them in.
Sweet corn and crunchy green beans? Sure.
With this recipe, you just can’t go wrong.
The classic mushroom soup is given a healthy makeover, and it is marvelous.
Instead of calorie-loaded cream or half-and-half, simply blend potatoes and cashews to create a thick broth.
This switch-up doesn’t only make the soup healthier, but richer in flavor, too!
Butternut squash and kale join forces to make turkey soup brighter and more delectable.
This combination of turkey and vegetables creates outstanding taste and texture profiles.
Be sure your spoon is filled with all the ingredients! This will guarantee a perfect bite.
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