Homemade turkey noodle soup is an easy recipe that is perfect for using up leftover Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey.  This hearty soup is packed with vegetables and noodles, and is a classic comfort food that will warm you up on a cold day.  It will soon be your family's favorite turkey soup recipe!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
holding a bowl of turkey noodle soup
Soups & Stews, Turkey

Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

This post was originally published on September 1, 2017.

Over the years, turkey noodle soup has been one of my favorite ways to use up leftover roasted turkey from Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I just love the smell of the turkey soup simmering on the stove–plus, it’s so comforting to have on a cold day!  Make up a big batch of this soul warming soup, and freeze some so you can enjoy a bowl or two when you’re feeling under the weather.  This turkey soup is made with homemade low sodium turkey bone broth, so its packed with extra nutrients.

holding a spoonful of turkey noodle soup

What spices are good for turkey noodle soup?

  • Earthy spices like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves.
  • Other popular spices are sage, basil, parsley, marjoram, salt, and black pepper.

What vegetables are good in turkey noodle soup?

  • Aromatics: onion, carrots, celery, and garlic
  • Diced canned tomatoes
  • Broccoli, okra, red bell pepper, or potatoes

bowl of turkey noodle soup with a wooden spoon

Can I freeze turkey noodle soup?

Yes, but follow these steps for the best results.

  • Let it cool completely.  If you’re in a hurry, put the soup in smaller containers without the lids, or set the soup pot in an ice bath and stir occasionally.
  • Noodles:  Noodles turn to mush when reheated, so add them when you reheat the soup.
  • Under cook vegetables:  If you choose to add potatoes, under cook them so they don’t go mushy when frozen.
  • Cream or Milk: If you choose to add dairy, it will have a grainy texture and will separate when frozen.  Add it when reheating.
  • Delicate Ingredients: If you choose to add ingredients like lemon juice or grated cheese, add them after the soup is reheated.
  • Overfilling:  Liquids expand when frozen.  Leave one inch head space so the containers don’t break.
  • Under-filling: When there is too much air inside, freezer burn can happen faster.

holding a bowl of turkey noodle soup

How to Make Turkey Noodle Soup in a Crockpot

  • Saute the onions and garlic in oil in a small skillet until soft and fragrant.
  • Add all the ingredients, except the turkey, noodles and garnish, to the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • Add the cooked turkey during the last 30 minutes.
  • Cook noodles separately, then add them to the serving bowls, and ladle the soup on top.  Garnish and serve hot.

How to Make Turkey Noodle Soup on the Stovetop

Gather all the ingredients.  Slice the celery and carrots, chop up the onion, and mince the garlic.  Finish by cutting the turkey into bite size pieces, and the fresh broccoli into florets.

ingredients for turkey noodle soup

Saute the carrots, celery, and onions in oil until the onion is soft.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.

cooking the onions, celery, and carrots for turkey noodle soup

Add the diced tomatoes, okra, broccoli, and turkey.  Feel free to customize the vegetables.

adding the meat and vegetables to turkey noodle soup

Pour in the homemade turkey broth.

pouring the turkey broth into turkey noodle soup

Add the spices (rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves).  Stir until well combined.

adding the spices to turkey noodle soup

Cover the soup pot, and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

cooking turkey noodle soup

Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  While the soup simmers, cook the noodles separately.

pot of turkey noodle soup

Taste and adjust seasonings.

holding a ladle of turkey noodle soup

To serve, put some noodles at the bottom of each bowl and ladle the hot soup over top.  Garnish with fresh parsley and a few cracks of black pepper.  Serve with a crusty bread.

bowl of turkey noodle soup

Pro Tips

  • Use homemade turkey stock for the best flavor.
  • Don’t have leftover turkey?  Roast 1 1/2 pounds of turkey drumsticks.
  • Don’t have egg noodles? Try other pasta like rotini.
  • Don’t like the vegetables I used?  Choose your favorites.  Try red bell pepper or potatoes.
  • Want rice?  Swap out the noodles for long grain rice or brown rice.  Cook separately and add to each bowl.
  • Want to thicken the soup broth?  Puree 2 cups of the soup, without the turkey, and add it back in.
  • Want a creamy soup?  Add 1/2 cup heavy cream, evaporated milk, or coconut milk at the end.
  • Love lemon?  Add 1 tablespoon during the last two minutes of cooking.
  • Not enough broth?  Add 1 to 2 cups of water and adjust seasonings.

If you have leftover turkey in your fridge or freezer, I encourage you to try this recipe.  It’s easy to make and can be on the table in under one hour.

These other turkey recipes will be popular with your family.

bottles of roasted turkey stock with vegetables roasted turkey in a pan holding a plate of turkey stroganoff

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Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Description

Homemade turkey noodle soup is an easy recipe that is perfect for using up leftover Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey.  This hearty soup is packed with vegetables and noodles, and is a classic comfort food that will warm you up on a cold day.  It will soon be your family’s favorite turkey soup recipe!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1 1/3 cups yellow onion, finely chopped (1 large onion; 240g)
  • 1 2/3 cups carrots, sliced (4 medium carrots; 226g)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, sliced (5 celery stalks; 200g)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 9 cups homemade turkey broth or low sodium chicken broth (2.12 liters)
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (793g)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen (1 crown; 115g florets)
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced okra, fresh or frozen (133g)
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, chopped, white and dark meat (392g)
  • 8 ounces medium width egg noodles (226g)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the chopped onion, celery and carrots and cook until the onion is soft, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes, vegetables, turkey, spices, and turkey broth to the pot.  Stir well.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until your vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a pot of salted boiling water according to the package instructions.
  5. Drain the cooked noodles in a colander, then pour into a bowl and toss with some olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  6. When the soup is done, place some cooked noodles at the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup on top.  Garnish with a crack of black pepper, fresh parsley.  Serve hot.

Notes

  • The noodles keep their shape and firmness better if you add them to your bowl just before you eat.
  • The soup keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: soups, noodles

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