Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

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Comfort food for the holidays! Use your leftover holiday turkey to make this Turkey Noodle Soup recipe or substitute shredded chicken any time of the year.

Love easy dinners? This turkey tetrazzini is a great way to use more of that leftover turkey! Or give our delicious Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup a try soon.

Turkey noodle soup in large dutch oven.
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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.
  • Can use leftover turkey or shredded chicken in this versatile soup.
  • Freezer friendly!

It’s everyone’s favorite leftover turkey meal! Serve this soup with our delicious turkey hand pies for a “soup and sandwich” meal!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make turkey noodle soup.
  • 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. If freezing the soup, do NOT add the noodles.
Turkey noodle soup in pot with ladle.

Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute dried basil or tubed basil?

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 would work just fine too.

How long does turkey soup stay good?

Stored covered in the fridge, this soup will keep for about 3 days.

Does light or dark meat work better in this soup?

The answer depends entirely on your preference. I usually use a combination of light and dark meat.

Serving Suggestions

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 bowl of olive garden salad or sandwich for an easy lunch.

We love eating this for dinner with garlic bread on the side for soaking up all the leftover broth at the bottom of the bowl.

Serve your soup with a basket of fresh Dinner Rolls or Puff Pastry Bread Sticks for a hearty dinner. Or keep it simple and serve with a side of Saltine or oyster crackers to sprinkled on top.

Turkey noodle soup served in white bowls.

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Turkey Noodle Soup

4.88 from 8 votes
By: Aimee
Comfort food for the holidays! Use your leftover turkey for this Noodle Soup recipe or you can also substitute shredded chicken!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 servings


  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2 teaspoons chopped basil
  • 4 cups cooked and chopped turkey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 ½ cups sliced celery
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 12 ounce wide egg noodles uncooked
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  • In a large soup pot, heat broth and water over medium high heat.
  • Once soup gets warm, add in remaining ingredients (except noodles) and heat to near boiling, stirring occasionally. Keep covered, this will take about 20-30 minutes, and vegetables will soften.
  • Once boiling, add noodles and boil uncovered until noodles are desired consistency, about 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use our turkey recipe to create a flavorful base.
  • STORE: store leftover soup in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 170kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 718mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g
Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
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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!

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Posted on November 21, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    The whole family loved this soup! Next time I’m going to try it with my homemade noodles. A perfect way to use up leftover turkey!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried it as is and it was very tasty.  The second time I added 2 large onions sliced into ribbons and my left over gravy.  Then for a bit more hearty soup I added a roux to thicken the broth about 2/3 the thickness of a good gravy and added some fresh parsley.  It was amazing this way.  Your recipe gave me a great start.  Thank you!

  3. My store does not sell the frozen herbs. Can I substitute the ones that come in the tubes that are sold in the produce dept.?

4.88 from 8 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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