Looking for a perfect meal to use up your leftover turkey? Packed with fresh vegetables and herbs, this easy turkey soup recipe is super filling and so comforting!

My mom is the queen of the kitchen… except soups. 

No, that’s not true. She can make anything and it’s her soup recipe that still is a reader favorite on our site, but because my Dad wasn’t a big soup eater she didn’t really gather a plethora of soup recipes. It’s funny though, now that all of us kids have left home they seem to make more soups than ever before. I guess that Dad was like a kid, had to grow out of his pickiness. 😉

This turkey soup totally makes me think of them though, it’s perfect for using up leftovers, easy going, and pleases even pickiest palates. And Mom could totally rock the leftovers so she remains queen of even that. 

Two bowls of left over turkey soup. You can see the bright green celery and orange carrots in a broth with turkey. A spoon is next to each bowl and a small plate of crackers is near the closest bowl of soup.

What Ingredients Go in Turkey Soup?

Grab that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas, and let’s repurpose it in this yummy soup! It is full of fresh veggies and herbs, and it is so satisfying and comforting. Feel free to add or swap whatever veggies your family will love most. Here is your grocery list:

  • Butter or Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Turkey Broth (or Chicken Broth)
  • Turkey
  • Rosemary
  • Savory
  • Sage
  • Bay Leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

How to Make Turkey Soup

We are going to cook this homemade turkey soup recipe on this stove top, but scroll down for directions for making it in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.

  1. Add the butter or oil to your dutch oven over medium heat. Let the butter melt and then add all the vegetables. Sauté them until tender and translucent.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir everything together.
  3. Put a lid on the dutch oven and let it simmer for 30 minutes (up to all day). Taste it occasionally and season to taste.
  4. Remove the herb sprigs and bay leaf and serve.

The instructions can also be found in the recipe card for your convenience.

A bowl of left over turkey soup. The soup has chunks of turkey, slices of carrots and celery and herbs in a turkey broth.

How to Make Homemade Broth

Making homemade broth with your leftover turkey is super simple. Take your leftover turkey carcass and place it in a large stock pot and add enough water to cover it. Add herbs like bay leaves, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, etc. Bring it to a full boil and then reduce the heat and let it summer for a couple of hours up to all day. Then strain out the turkey carcass and all the herbs leaving just the broth behind. You can’t beat homemade turkey stock!

Can Turkey Soup Be Made in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, it makes a great slow cooker soup and making it in the slow cooker is easy! Follow the directions in step 1 sauteing all the veggies on the stove top for the best flavors. Then put all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

Can Turkey Soup Be Made in an Instant Pot?

Yes, absolutely! Add the butter, onions, celery, garlic and carrots to the Instant Pot on sauté mode and cook for 4-5 minutes. Then add all the remaining ingredients and cook on high pressure for 8-10 minutes. You can quick release it and dig in!

What to Eat with Turkey Soup?

I am all about having a big hunk of delicious bread to dip into all soups. Here are some of my favorite bread recipes for dunking in soup:

Just some good ol’ soda crackers or any kind of cracker you enjoy is great with this soup too. Pure comfort food!

A bowl of leftover turkey soup. There are chunks of turkey, carrots, celery and herbs in a rich turkey broth. Two more bowls of soup are in the background of the picture.


If it’s not turkey season, chicken makes a perfect substitute. Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and use that to make the homemade broth and load up the soup with meat.

If you want to make this easy homemade soup a little more hearty, add some white rice or brown rice. You could also add egg noodles to make it almost like turkey noodle soup.

Storage Tips and Reheating

Properly stored in an airtight container, turkey soup will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

To freeze, place in freezer safe, covered containers or in freezer bags and freeze for up to 6 months.

To reheat this leftover turkey soup recipe, use the microwave to warm up an individual bowl or reheat the whole batch in a saucepan on the stove.

Few things bring me more joy than repurposing leftovers into something delicious! Making a soup is the perfect way to do that and to use up veggies that need to be eaten. Leftover turkey soup brings all the comfort and yum of Thanksgiving to your belly all over again!

More Leftover Turkey Recipes:

Leftover Turkey Soup

5 from 3 votes
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 37 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes


Looking for a perfect meal to use up your leftover turkey? Packed with fresh vegetables and herbs, this turkey soup recipe is super filling and so comforting!


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, or olive oil
  • 1 Onion, large, minced fine
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced fine
  • 1 1/2 Cups Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 Quarts Turkey Broth, (16 cups) or chicken *see note
  • 4-5 Cups Turkey, chopped
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary, (1 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 Sprig Savory, (1/2 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 teaspoon Sage, chopped (1/2 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 ` Bay Leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, (to taste)
  • Parsley, fresh, chopped


  • In a dutch oven, add the butter or oil and heat until melted over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, garlic and carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender and translucent. 
    2 Tablespoons Butter, 1 Onion, 2 Stalks Celery, 3 Cloves Garlic, 1 1/2 Cups Carrots
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. 
    2 Potatoes, 4 Quarts Turkey Broth, 4-5 Cups Turkey, 2 Sprigs Rosemary, 1 Sprig Savory, 1 teaspoon Sage, 1 ` Bay Leaf, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • Cook, covered for 30 minutes, up to all day, tasting occasionally to adjust seasonings. You’re looking for the potatoes to be tender. Remove the herb sprigs and bay leaf and serve with crackers or bread and a sprinkle of fresh parsley on top. 


Note: You can boil your turkey carcass, keeping enough water to cover it along with herbs like bay leaves, rosemary etc. to make homemade stock. 
Need to use more veggies? Throw in peas or chopped sweet potatoes.
Turkey soup will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 14gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 2150mgPotassium: 330mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4195IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 10 Best Turkey Recipes on the Internet, 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine: American

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A bowl of left over turkey soup. The soup has chunks of turkey, slices of carrots and celery and herbs in a turkey broth.