Comfort food for the holidays! Use your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey to make this Noodle Soup recipe or substitute shredded chicken any time of the year.
Leftover Turkey Idea
Tender pieces of turkey swimming in flavorful broth with hearty egg noodles make Turkey Soup a standby favorite way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.
Today’s recipe isn’t your ordinary Turkey Noodle Soup! With garlic and fresh basil, this soup is full of aromatic herb flavor and big chunks of veggies. Nothing will warm you up at the end of a cold winter day quite like a bowl of this soup.
It’s everyone’s favorite leftover turkey meal!
- Cooked Chopped Turkey – Cut leftover turkey into bite sized pieces or substitute cooked chicken instead! I’ve made this with a rotisserie chicken (shredded) from the grocery store with excellent results too!
- Chicken broth – Or substitute vegetable broth if you prefer.
- Basil – I use fresh basil or basil that I froze fresh for best flavor.
- Egg noodles – I use the wide egg noodles and add (uncooked) to the soup toward the end of cooking.
This soup comes together so easily with just one pot! Heat the water and broth in a large stock pot, then add carrots, celery, garlic, turkey and the seasonings.
Keep the pot covered while you bring the soup close to boiling, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes. This lets the vegetables soften and gets the flavors mingling and melding. Add the egg noodles and bring everything to a boil until the noodles are cooked through.
If you like your noodles on the more toothsome side, they’ll be done in about 10 minutes. For softer noodles, cook a few minutes longer.
Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
The basil that comes in tubes will work great in this recipe! I haven’t tried it with dried basil but I imagine the flavor wouldn’t be quite as delicious.
Stored covered in the fridge, this soup will keep for about 3 days.
The answer depends entirely on your preference. I usually use a combination of light and dark meat.
One of the best things about having soup on the menu is that it can double as a light dinner or a side dish for a larger meal. Serve a cup of turkey soup as an accompaniment to a salad or sandwich for an easy lunch.
We love eating this for dinner with bread or rolls on the side for soaking up all the leftover broth at the bottom of the bowl. Nothing goes better with soup than bread and rolls!
However you choose to serve your homemade Turkey Noodle Soup I hope you love it as much as my family does. We look forward to our post-Thanksgiving turkey soup just as much (or possibly even more) than the actual holiday turkey dinner!