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.

The inspiration

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.

The inspiration for this recipe came from a cooking show. The cook ( I don’t remember who) was making dinner on a Friday night from the week’s meatloaf leftovers. That sounded like a great idea to me and I loved that she used up food that might have gone to waste. That one idea led me to create this.

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers - The Everyday Mom Life

You can make this just because too!

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.

You can find my mashed potato recipe here that I used for dinner and then as leftovers.

Turkey Soup with Thanksgiving Leftovers

This Turkey Soup is a joy because it will turn out different each time you make it based on the leftovers you use. Try it at home after Thanksgiving, or be like me and make it just because. 
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: soup, turkey soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 4 cups or more of leftover turkey
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes.
  • 1-2 cups green beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 a large white onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 large leaves of fresh sage
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. of garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Left over stuffing
  • Toppings: Pepper, breadcrumbs, additional fresh herbs or cheese.


  • Add olive oil to Dutch Oven and heat through. 
  • Once the oil is warm add the diced onions. Mix continuously until the onions are translucent. 
  • Add your chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
  • 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
  • Add dried herbs and continue to let it simmer for an hour. Add additional salt and pepper to taste now too.
  • 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

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. oh my goodness ive been trying to think of what we can do for leftovers and this soup seems incredible- def going to make this for my family after they are gone later ha

  4. Yum! I’m always looking for ways to use up leftover turkey or chicken. This is usually what we have leftover from Thanksgiving as well. Thanks for the idea!

  5. This looks incredible! Every year we go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and end up not bringing home any turkey leftovers. This year although we are headed there for the holiday, I’m cooking a turkey so my family can enjoy all the leftovers too!

  6. We usually end up giving away our leftovers, and our guests make soup with it. This year we will have to make some of our own soup. It’s perfect for those cold winter months, and nice to have leftovers to heat up instead of having to cook after a long day at work.

  7. yum!! I LOVE turkey soup and this looks so much better than the recipe i’ve used in the past. love that it has those green veggies in there to counteract some of the carb loading i’ll be doing tomorrow! 😉

  8. SUCH a great idea!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE soups. My husband insists that we have a huge thanksgiving dinner every year even though it’s just the five of us (we live super far from family) so this a perfect way to use up those leftovers. The pictures are gorgeous too!

  9. 5 stars
    I, too, have looked and looked for the Food show that make the leftover Thanksgiving soup using the stuffing, turkey , mashed potatoes, everything in the pot but I could never find it again. This is a close second and it looks delicious. I will have to try this for sure.


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