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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup – such a great way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers! Simple, delicious and kid-friendly!


  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups turkey, cubed
  • 8 cups turkey broth 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Approx. 5 cups dried noodles


  1. Bring a large dutch oven to medium-high heat.
  2. Swirl with olive oil and let coat the pan.
  3. Once pan and oil are hot, add the garlic. Move around the pan until garlic becomes fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in onion and let cook down, about 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Add celery and carrots. Sauté those as well for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add in turkey, broth and parsley.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  8. Let simmer approximately 10-15 minutes or until vegetables have reached your desired consistency.
  9. Taste and add any additional salt or pepper, as desired.
  10. Meanwhile, cook noodles in a separate pan according to the box instructions.
  11. Drain noodles and add into soup.
  12. Remove from heat and serve immediately with additional parsley.


  • Broth: I highly recommend making your own turkey broth (it’s amazing), but store-bought will work too! You can also use chicken broth.
  • Salt: How much salt you need really depends upon what broth you use and how salty (or not) it already is.  Just taste along the way and adjust accordingly.
  • Noodles: Feel free to use whatever noodles you want (gluten-free or otherwise).  I recommend cooking the noodles separately because if you cook them in the soup itself, they will soak up a lot of the broth. If you are wanting to cook the noodles in the broth itself you will need to increase the amount of broth you use (and possibly use a bigger pot).

Keywords: Turkey noodle soup