Our 10 Best Turkey Soup Recipes for All That Leftover Turkey
Forget turkey sandwiches—these soups are the perfect way to use up your holiday turkey.
Let's be honest, a cold turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving is not all that satisfying. To be fair, it's hard to follow the delicious feast you had the day before. But leftovers don't have to be boring. Take your leftovers up a notch with these popular turkey soup recipes. Each one allows you to use your leftover turkey to make a hearty, warm soup that your whole family will love. Here are 10 of our best leftover turkey soup recipes.
"Pure comfort food! Easy to make with leftover turkey. The beef stock adds a depth of flavor without calling attention to itself," says reviewer bd.weld. Celery carrots, onions, and rotini pasta make for a classic turkey soup that is perfect on a chilly day.
You'll want to save your turkey legs for this recipe! The half and half in this wild rice soup makes it rich and creamy—perfect for cool fall weather. "This came out so delicious! It's a keeper...and now I know what to do with our leftover smoked turkey legs," says reviewer Laura.
Recipe creator CAMILLA362 says, "An authentic rural Mexican dish usually prepared with pork, posole is traditionally eaten at New Year's. This version is a great way to unload those turkey leftovers! Garnish with crisp tortilla chips, shredded green cabbage, and a squeeze of lime."
This recipe uses both leftover turkey and leftover stuffing for truly Thanksgiving-inspired dish. Reviewer mammamoey says,"Already decided on Turkey for Christmas just to have an excuse to make this soup again!"
After all that pie, you might be looking for a lighter meal to make with your leftovers. If that's the case, go for this vibrant lemon soup! Recipe creator Gitano says, "A wonderful, light soup perfect for the post-holiday turkey leftovers. The lemon in this recipe makes your palate zing, and it is so friendly on the waist-line when you need a 'light' meal after the heaviness of the holidays. Enjoy!"
What's more fall than leftover turkey and butternut squash in a warm, spicy soup? Recipe creator bd.weld says, "Using spiraled butternut squash as an alternative to pasta, this soup is loaded with fall flavors and gets its smoky spiciness from ground chipotle. The ideal soup to warm you up on cold winter days. Perfect for using up leftover turkey,"
If you're looking to do something different when it comes to turkey soup, give this spicy Tex-Mex version a try. Reviewer Melanie Kay says, "I am so glad I discovered this recipe when searching for a turkey soup recipe to use up the leftover Christmas turkey. It was awesome! Very simple to make and it was super tasty. We had some friends over for dinner and everyone loved it so much that we all had at least seconds!"
Don't waste a single piece of turkey with this soup that uses the entire leftover turkey carcass. The turkey is combined with potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, and barley for a loaded, hearty soup. "I have never been a fan of turkey soup, but this recipe has changed my mind forever," says reviewer dave sticks.
Recipe creator Irene says, "My dad used to make huge Thanksgiving dinners, and the morning after, we would be treated to a delicious turkey congee. Congee is a Chinese rice porridge traditionally eaten for breakfast or brunch, but I personally eat it any time. It is also very good for digestion and has excellent health benefits. Although I've been having congee since I was a baby, it remains for me the ultimate comfort food." Watch the video to learn how to make this traditional Chinese porridge.
This soup is packed with turkey, dumplings, and veggies for meal that will require a nap afterwards. "Great recipe. Family loved it. For the dumplings, I ‘cheated' and cut refrigerated biscuits dough in small pieces and just dropped them in the broth," says reviewer Jules.
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