Hearty Turkey Soup Made With Thanksgiving Leftovers

When Thanksgiving is over, I quickly tire of leftovers. The turkey sandwich works for about one day but I always feel as if I’m throwing away so many of the sides and not utilizing everything as best I could. This year I’ve decided to remedy that by making Turkey Soup from Thanksgiving leftovers.

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As you know I’m a big soup person. I love making soups because not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also easy, usually lower in calories and a great way to incorporate your daily dose of vegetables. The recipe I have below for this soup is more of a guide for you to follow. Your final taste will really depend on your turkey and mashed potatoes.

Also, I cannot take all the credit for this idea. I saw a cooking show once (I don’t remember who’s) and she was making dinner on a Friday night from the week’s meatloaf leftovers. That was the inspiration for this recipe and my decision to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into this soup.

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers


  • 32 oz. of chicken broth
  • 4 or more cups of leftover Thanksgiving turkey
  • 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes (I used my recipe here.)
  • 1-2 cups of green beans
  • 1 cup of corn
  • ½ an onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, leaves only
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 large leaves of fresh sage, do not chop
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. of dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. of dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. of garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. of pepper
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Leftover stuffing
  • Topping: Breadcrumbs, fresh pepper and additional fresh herbs

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life


1. Add chicken broth and diced onions to a large pot of Dutch oven and heat on low.

2. Add leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn and all fresh herbs and heat on low for one hour. If you’re adding stuffing feel free to add it at this point. However if you add stuffing make sure to add extra chicken broth too as the bread in it will soak up a lot of the broth. If you decide to forgo the stuffing do not worry. The mashed potatoes will make this broth perfect and creamy

3. Add dried herbs and continue to let it simmer for an hour. Add additional salt and pepper to taste now too.

4. Remove from heat and serve. Top with bread crumbs, fresh herbs and freshly ground pepper if desired.

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

As a side note, since I did not wait until Thanksgiving to make this (so it could be done early for the blog) I made a large turkey breast in the slow cooker. I used the following dried herbs: basil, oregano, Italian seasoning, rosemary, garlic salt and pepper. I essentially made sure the top of my turkey breast was covered and cooked it with a cup of chicken broth. I also added a few sprigs of all the fresh herbs I mentioned above. We ate this for dinner one night with the mashed potatoes and then made the soup the next night.

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Happy eating, friends! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you still need some dessert ideas check out this Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and this Ricotta & Pear Pie!

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

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  • Kristi McAllister November 22, 2017 11.42 pm

    I have to admit this is the first time I’ve even considered making soup from Thanksgiving leftovers, but what a genius idea! I pinned it for myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh November 22, 2017 11.46 pm

    I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year so I doubt I’ll have any leftover turkey. I’ll just have to go and grab one just to make this!

  • Krystal Butherus November 23, 2017 03.15 am

    A good answer to what to do with all the left-overs! This is a simple recipe and that’s a plus in my book!

  • reesa November 23, 2017 03.25 am

    Oh wow what a great idea! It looks like the best way to relax the day after the big meal!

  • Karen Morse November 23, 2017 08.13 am

    It’s the perfect way to prepare and enjoy leftovers after Thanksgiving. It also perfect for the cold weather!

  • Jessica Joachim November 23, 2017 03.19 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea! We always have a ton of leftovers, and I love the idea of making them into a soup!

  • Anna November 23, 2017 04.22 pm

    This soup looks so delicious. I am not cooking much this Thanksgiving, in fact, all I have to cook is turnip & collard green. The rest’s up to my in-laws lol well they volunteer. Saving and sharing this recipe of yours.

  • Ashley November 24, 2017 04.00 am

    The absolute perfect recipe for me to see today! Love the idea of a soup as a unique leftover idea!

  • CIndy Ingalls November 24, 2017 04.10 am

    This is a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. I never mind the stuffing or sweet potatoes, but the turkey seems to dry out after a day or too. Putting in a soup would up the moisture and flavor content.

  • Darlene Dee November 24, 2017 04.57 pm

    Brilliant! I have never even considered SOUP when figuring how to use Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • Kimberly Lewis November 25, 2017 08.11 pm

    We are making this right now! I love making soup out of leftovers! Yum!

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