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A bowl of leftover turkey soup rests on a cutting board with flowers in the background.

Leftover Turkey Soup

The best way to use up leftover turkey and vegetables from your Thanksgiving and other holiday meals is to make a big pot of Leftover Turkey Soup. Made with fresh vegetables, leftover turkey, and bow tie pasta, it's a delicious, hearty soup.
Course Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Leftover Turkey Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 658kcal
Author Jennifer Quisenberry


  • Large soup pot w/ lid


  • Ingredients:
  • 2 Lbs. of autumn colored bow tie pasta
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 sticks of celery chopped
  • 3 large carrots peeled/sliced
  • 1 1/2 Lbs. small potatoes cut in half
  • 4 C broth chicken or vegetable
  • 2 C water
  • Dash of Italian seasonings 4 dashes
  • 2 + C cooked turkey
  • salt/pepper to taste


  • Cook the package of pasta following the directions on the back of the package.
  • Once cooked removed from the pot. Set aside.
  • Add the olive oil to the soup pot. Heat on medium-high heat.
  • Saute the onion until it is lightly browned, (5-7 min.)
  • Add the garlic cooking about 30 seconds. (Or until it is fragrant)
  • Carefully add the celery, carrots, little potatoes, broth, water, and Italian seasonings.
  • Increase the heat to high.
  • Bring the pot to a gently boil.
  • Then reduce the heat to a medium-low.
  • Cover the pot.
  • Leave the pot lid slightly ajar.
  • Allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the turkey.
  • Add the cooked pasta.
  • Simmer the soup for another 10 minutes or so.
  • Add salt and pepper. (to taste)
  • Serve.


Please note that nutrition facts are subject to change based on your choice of ingredients.