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Leftover turkey soup

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Rich flavorful turkey leftover soup from carcass. With homemade shredded turkey, vegetables and noodles, this soup is healthy and will feed your whole family!

turkey noodle soup

The best way to use leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

Every year we have a lot of turkey leftovers. We are only a family of 4 and two of our family members are little children, the oldest is in kindergarten. Also everyone loves different parts of turkey.  I like legs, my kids love wings and my husband likes turkey breast.

We get lots of leftovers that i am trying to reuse withing the next week. I also freeze some of the meat, after i shred it. That can be used for sandwiches, turkey taco bowls or sometimes i add it to my breakfast eggs.

Can you freeze turkey soup?

Yes you can but i recommend to cook noodles separately and don’t freeze them. They will get mushy and overcook when you reheat the soup.

Also, if i know that we are not going to eat the whole pot at once, i cook noodles in a separate pot and refrigerate it separately as well. Depends on what kind of noodles you chose to use too, eggs noodles especially will expand and get mushy.

Leftover turkey soup ingredients

  • Turkey. I used a turkey carcass , it makes a nice bone broth and makes the broth rich and delicious. Additionally i use chopped turkey meat, breast or thighs
  • Celery. I only use it when making a broth. After is has being boiled for an hour, i discard it. Honestly i dont like celery pieces in my soup, i use it only for flavor
  • Carrots. Cut it in medium chunks
  • Noodles. Wide egg noodles will be perfect here but use your favorite.
  • Onion. Chop it fine
  • Salt, pepper, bay leaf, more spices if desired

How to make easy turkey soup

After holidays we usually have a leftover turkey carcass. This is a perfect and most valuable part of the turkey for a rich flavorful broth. Simmer it in water along with celery, bay leaves and black pepper.

Dont add salt yet. Since we are using a precooked turkey, the amount of salt varies. I used a carcass from my smoked turkey recipe.

Boil broth for 1/5 to 2 hours. Then add other ingredients and cook until done and carrots are tender.

turkey broth in a pot

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4.34 from 6 votes

Leftover turkey soup

Rich flavorful turkey leftover soup from carcass. With homemade shredded turkey, vegetables and noodles, this soup is healthy and will feed your whole family!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey soup, turkey carcass soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 8 cups water*
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 4 celery ribs
  • 2 big carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste**
  • 4 oz wide egg noodles
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chopped turkey meat could be breast or thighs


  • Start with placing turkey carcass into your pot with water Add bay leaves and celery. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 1,5-2 hours.
  • Discard celery, bay leaves and turkey carcass. Add sliced carrots,, onion and diced turkey. Simmer for additional 30 minutes. Add noodles and cook for 10 minutes (or follow the packaging time directions)


* Approximately. You need your turkey carcass to be covered or almost covered in water
** Its impossible to say how much spices you will need, it depend from the turkey you use. Your cooked turkey probably already has a lot of salt in it, so i recommend trying the broth once cooked.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3542IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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pot with turkey soup


Recipe Rating


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Soup that fills the soul, I simmer my Broth for 6-8 hours. I also add 1 TBS of pepper corns and a mix of dried thyme, oregano and sage approx 2 Tbs Absolutely delicious!

Terry Canning

Thursday 16th of April 2020

That’s a very blasé turkey soup. I can’t imagine not including some turnip, potatoes, and possibly sweet potato. I haven’t tried adding noodles but that sounds good - I often add some barley.


Thursday 16th of April 2020

Just making this today Very simple to prep and smells wonderful Thank you

valerie kahanu

Sunday 8th of December 2019

made some delicious turkey soup thank you for sharing your recipe. Will have it with homemade bread sticks.