Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

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My favorite way to use up leftover turkey is to make a delicious pot of turkey soup. This is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator!

My favorite way to use up leftover turkey is to make a delicious pot of turkey soup. This is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator!

To make the best tasting soup, make your own stock, it’s easy!

How to make turkey soup from a carcass:

Bones make a rich, flavorful stock; use the leftover turkey carcass with any leftover turkey meat along with an onion, a few stalks of celery, some garlic, herbs, and anything else you find in your refrigerator and let it simmer on low covered with water for a few hours. Then toss out the bones and vegetables, reserve the turkey and start your soup. There are no exact measurements, use whatever is in your refrigerator, or of course you can use canned stock or broth instead.

And yes, you can do this with chicken too!

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My favorite way to use up leftover turkey is to make a delicious pot of turkey soup. This is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator!
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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

131 Cals 5 Protein 25.5 Carbs 0.5 Fats
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Soup
CUISINE: American
My favorite way to use up leftover turkey is to make a delicious pot of turkey soup. This is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator!


  • 6 cups homemade turkey stock, or low sodium canned
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 oz no yolk egg noodles
  • 2 cups leftover shredded turkey, about 8 ounces


  • Fill a large saucepan with homemade turkey stock (or canned).
  • Add bay leaf, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, salt and pepper to taste and simmer 10-15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  • Add parsley, noodles and shredded turkey; cook according to noodle directions, about 5 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaf and serve.


Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.5g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 57mg, Fiber: 4.5g, Sugar: 2.5g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: leftover turkey recipe, leftover turkey soup, lettuce wraps, turkey noodle soup

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  1. I made this with chicken stock and leftover rotisserie chicken. DELISH!

  2. Also, wanted to add to my post that instead of egg noodles I just used about a cup of elbow macaroni. And that I had fresh corn on the cob so I cut the kernels off 1 cob to put in the soup and I loved the crunch it added to the soup. They did not get soft or mushy like the canned stuff probably would.

  3. Skinnytaste strikes again! Another keeper 🙂 I always thought that "real" soup probably involved a big meat bone in a pot that stewed for hours on the stove. I was skeptical of this recipe since it doesn't meet that criteria. But lo and behold–soup's on!! This was tasty and such a winter weather comfort! I omitted celery and substituted what I had on hand (cabbage, broccoli, crimini mushroom slices, scallions). Meatwise I added some diced leftover holiday ham (for salt) with the turkey. I used boxed broth but added some homemade frozen stock cubes. Spicewise I added cayenne pepper, garlic + onion powder, and 1 tbsp. dried parsley. From this recipe I learned that good homemade soup doesn't have to labor on the stove all day long for it to be "real" or real good!

  4. just made this for dinner and oh my it was perfect, great recipe!

  5. Hi Gina – would using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and ff low sod chicken broth change the total WW+ pts?

  6. Hi Gina. Just wondering if this freezes well? Thanks for all your hard work. Happy New Year to you and your family.


    • I made 3 batches of this soup after Thanksgiving (it was so good after the first that I decided to forgo the turkey sandwiches and use ALL leftover Turkey in this soup). I froze in 16oz plastic Ball freezer jars. I'm now dwindling down to my last 2 containers and I'm sad. It freezes wonderfully!

  7. Just the recipe I was looking for! It's soup season…and I have loads of turkey leftovers.

  8. This turned out so so very good, I used 4 oz of whole wheat noodles because that is what I had so I am just going to give it 4 PP. The whole house smells so good and I have lunch all week and believe me this is a soup kinda week…

  9. I made this recently when I was sick. It was delicious, easy, and hit the spot when I wasn't feeling well. I substituted leftover chicken for turkey. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Made this for my family with the Easter leftovers.. it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe, first time I have ever made soup.

  11. My family love this and Turkey Chili Taco Soup . We have soup and game night every year and both soup were a success…… will make again !!!!!!! Thank you

  12. I stumbled upon this site when I was looking for a cream of broccoli soup. Be still my heart! I tried the "Chicken Parmesan." It was fabulous! I picked up ingredients to make "Baked Potato Soup." I shared this site with my WW friends.

  13. Throw a sweet potato in the stock (whole not cut up) while cooking, it sucks up all the fat, no skimming required. Throw the sweet potato away before eating! Works for chicken noodle as well…

  14. had this for dinner tonight.it was quick easy and tasty! thank you for another great recipe. i wish i had more turkey so i could make another batch! 🙂

  15. i made this for dinner tonight using the last of a turkey breast i had cooked in the crockpot. this was wonderful. we had it for dinner tonight. it was perfect as it is freezing out here in buffalo ny

  16. This was delicious! I used your directions to make stock the other day, so I was excited to make the soup to go with it. I did tweak just a little bit – I added an additional 2 c stock, a 15 ounce can of corn, drained, (because that's what my mom does), and an additional ounce of noodles. It served 3, with about a quart leftover, so I don't think I changed the point value much. I'll make this next time my son is sick – chicken noodle is his favorite comfort food. Thanks!

  17. I made this with barley instead of the noodles and added cabbage for something extra…i love adding cabbage to soups. Love this recipe!

  18. @Angela I am thinking of trying this with the roasted turkey breast from my local grocery. I also love turkey and luckily they have not only the fresh roasted chickens but the fresh roasted turkey breasts as well. I love not having to wait for holiday time for turkey. And now I can also have turkey soup!

  19. I'm not a huge chicken and noodle soup fan (unless I'm sick). But I needed something quick and easy to use my leftover turkey. I do what I always do and check your website and saw this recipe and decided why not? I have to admit this was wonderful!!! As Angela said just like Panera's chicken noodle soup. Extremelly filling! Thanks for the time you take to share your wonderful recipes. I have loved all that I have tried!!

  20. This was fabulous, Gina! I had to come back and make sure everyone knows this is a wonderful low-point soup option. It's pretty much the same as Panera Bread's chicken noodle soup, but a lot cheaper! 🙂 I will definitely be making this with shredded chicken in the future (even though I just love leftover turkey; I wish I had it around a lot more often). Thanks for a great lunch recipe for this week!