Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

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!

Turkey noodle soup in large dutch oven.

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 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.

Easy Instructions

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!

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 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.

More Soup Recipes

Yield: serves 10

Turkey Noodle Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Comfort food for the holidays! Use your leftover turkey for this Noodle Soup recipe or you can also substitute shredded chicken!


  • 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


  1. In a large soup pot, heat broth and water over medium high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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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. can this be done in the crock pot, if so how long would you have to cook it? can’t wait to try this looks delicious and also those herbs, will have to look for them when I go to the grocery store:) Thanks so much

  2. In the summer I like to harvest herbs and put them in the food processor with some olive oil. I then put them in ice cube trays, freeze them, pop them out once frozen and place in bags. When I need them I just grab them from the freezer.

  3. This soup looks so delicious Aimee! And these herbs – I’m totally looking for this next time I go shopping!

  4. Those frozen fresh herbs look fabulous, as well as the soup of course 😉 turkey noodles sounds delicious!! Its just starting to get a little chilly here in cali so I am sooo excited to start eating more soup!!

  5. What a great way to use up leftover turkey! Though I have to admit, there isn’t a whole lot of leftover anything in my house heehee. 😉

  6. This is comfort food defined! Look at those luscious, soft noodles peeking out of the soup – I love it! This is a perfect idea for leftover turkey, too. Thanks for sharing, Aimee!

  7. I love any type of soup. I have never used these frozen herb cubes but I have seen them in the supermarket. I am going to have to try some or at least try and make my own when my herbs are starting to spoil 🙂

  8. oooh I love those little frozen herb packs. I also love this soup! definitely making the day after thanksgiving!

  9. Oh, what?! These things are so cool! No, I have not seen these in my grocery store yet but I would probably snatch up a few – who doesn’t love easy, grab & go things in the fridge on busy weekdays? I love using turkey in this soup instead of chicken – I must agree with you, I definitely can’t find good turkey besides in November. I can always find ground turkey and turkey deli meat but the breasts & whole turkeys are no where to be found outside of the holidays.

    1. Oh you need to keep your eyes peeled for these herbs. They are pretty amazing. I think I love turkey because it is so seasonal, I wonder how I would feel if I could buy delicious turkeys all year long….

  10. We have been making soup quite a bit in the past few weeks. Love this recipe (I use one that is very similar for my chicken noodle too) and those herbs. I will definitely be on the lookout for those!

    1. You’re such a healthy soup eater, I’ve seen that veggie soup! These herbs would be a perfect addition. Keep your eye out girl 🙂

  11. We have been cooking up soups everyday for lunch and this one would for right in! I have not seen those herb trays but definitely going to look out for them!

    1. Once you find them, stock up! They are so great to have on hand in the freezer!! Be sure to grab the ginger too….I’ve got a recipe coming next month for that 🙂

    1. ha!! I so do the same thing! Turkey is such a nice change from chicken…and it works in nearly every chicken recipe too!

  12. I really like having cooked and shredded turkey in the fridge. It and turkey are my favorite meats to throw into soups. I’ll have to give this one a whirl, it looks and sounds so cozy! Soups are my comfort food right now!

    1. Thanks Mary Frances! Let me know what you think if you try the soup. And be on the lookout for these frozen herbs, you’ll love them!!

  13. I’m so with you with wondering where all of this “seasonal” foods are! I mean, why can’t they just sell the stuff all year long? Love how you did this soup…perfect for the leftovers!

    1. Thanks Gloria, I know, like candy canes. They totally should be sold all year long too 🙂 And gingerbread OREOS.

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