This turkey noodle soup recipe is a flavorful and comforting soup that makes perfect use of leftover turkey. It's packed with tender veggies, fresh herbs, and shredded turkey, all simmered in an aromatic broth with perfectly cooked noodles.
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My Take On Turkey Noodle Soup
If your favorite part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers, you're going to love this easy turkey noodle soup recipe! It has all of the flavors of nostalgic chicken noodle soup, but it's made with turkey instead.
Plus, it's really quick and easy to make since it uses leftover turkey. So it's perfect for a weeknight dinner that you can serve with other Thanksgiving leftovers. Because let's be honest, the last thing anyone wants to do after turkey day is make an involved meal.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's a one-pot soup. You'll only need one large soup pot to make the magic happen, which I love because that means both prep time and cleanup are a breeze!
Wholesome ingredients. Filled with nourishing veggies, turkey, noodles, and a light broth, this is a cozy and comforting recipe that's packed with goodness in every spoonful.
The process is simple. Once the turkey is shredded, making the soup is basically effortless. Just cook the vegetables, build the broth, then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until the pasta is cooked. It's that easy!
Ingredients You'll Need
- Onion, carrots, and celery- essential veggie mix for any good soup.
- Garlic- for a layer of umami goodness.
- Water- to thin out the stock.
- Chicken stock- brings a savory, aromatic quality to the soup. This can be swapped with chicken broth. Just keep in mind broth usually has more salt.
- Fresh parsley and thyme- for a fresh herb flavor.
- Turkey- cooked and shredded. Leftovers work best!
- Noodles- I prefer to use egg fettuccine noodles, but any will work.
- Salt and pepper- just a pinch to taste.
How To Make Turkey Noodle Soup
1. Cook the vegetables: Add the chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to a large pot along with the thyme and parsley. To the pot, add the water and chicken stock. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. When the time is up, discard the thyme and parsley.
2. Cook the noodles and turkey: Add the cooked turkey and noodles of your choice to the pot. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the noodles are cooked. I like to cook my noodles al dente, so I'll only simmer the soup for about 13 minutes.
3. Serve: Once it's cooked, give the soup a taste test and adjust any seasonings as necessary. Then serve the soup warm and enjoy!
How To Make Homemade Turkey Stock
One of the benefits of saving that leftover holiday turkey is that you can easily use the bones to make a flavorful homemade turkey broth that'll work great in this recipe! To do this, simply bring 8 cups of water to a boil, then add the leftover turkey carcass along with onions, carrots, celery, and seasonings. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the broth cook for 3 hours. Then, strain using a cheesecloth and use the broth for this recipe or however you want.
My Pro Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- When I feel a cold coming on, one of my favorite remedies is to add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to the soup. Trust me, it works!
- Add other veggies like peas, corn, broccoli, and cauliflower would all make great additions to make this a healthier soup.
- Since the turkey is already cooked, make sure you add it towards the end of cooking the soup so it doesn't dry out.
- Substitute the turkey for a rotisserie chicken for another quick and convenient soup recipe!
- Switch up the noodles each time and try using flat egg noodles, curly egg noodles, and farfalle noodles.
How I Recommend Storing and Reheating Leftovers
In the fridge: Store leftover turkey noodle soup in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. The exact amount of time to keep the leftovers will depend on how old the turkey is.
In the freezer: Allow the leftover soup to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating: My favorite way to reheat this soup is on the stove. Just transfer the leftovers to a pot, cook it over medium heat, and stir occasionally until it's warmed through. Alternatively, you can microwave it in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one to warm up the soup.
More Soup Recipes
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced into coins
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh parsley
- 2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
- 6oz. egg noodles
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and parsley into a saucepot.
- Add water and stock.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Discard the thyme and parsley.
- Add the turkey and noodles.
- Simmer for about 15 minutes until the noodles are cooked through.
- Serve the soup warm.
To make homemade turkey broth, bring 8 cups of water to a boil, then add the leftover turkey carcass along with onions, carrots, celery, and seasonings. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the broth cook for 3 hours. Strain using a cheesecloth and use however you want.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 649mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1.9gSugar: 3.4gProtein: 23.5g