Easy Turkey Noodle Soup

Make this Easy Turkey Noodle Soup with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.  How to make turkey noodle soup with or without a carcass.

Easy Turkey Noodle Soup | Make this Easy Turkey Noodle Soup with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.  How to make turkey noodle soup with or without a carcass. | A Sweet Pea Chef

I hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful day full of tasty food, good family time, football, and then some more tasty food.  Because: best holiday ever?

If you’re like us, you’re probably knee-deep in Thanksgiving leftovers right now.  If that sounds like you, I wanted to share this simple and easy turkey noodle soup recipe you can use to make the most of your leftovers.

Now, I love me some Thanksgiving food and the whole spread with the fixings.  But, yes, there does come a time when I’d rather enjoy different tastes and flavor combinations.  Like with this leftover turkey salad.

The pieces to making the easy turkey noodle soup, including the shredded cooked turkey, carrots, celery, and yellow onion, ready to be added to the easy turkey noodle soup.Two bowls of easy turkey noodle soup that are filled with onion, carrots, celery, chicken broth and quinoa noodles.

That’s the beauty of this easy turkey noodle soup.  Well, that AND it’s deliciousness.

Give me a big steaming bowl of this turkey soup with some crusty bread and I’m one happy camper.

You could also use roasted chicken pretty easily and turn this soup into a chicken noodle soup.

Save The Turkey Carcass!

Using the turkey carcass will add so much flavor to your soup, so be sure not to throw it out. I like to toss mine in a freezer safe bag and toss in the fridge.  If you happened to have picked your turkey clean and don’t have any leftover turkey meat to use in this recipe, no worries.  Just use the carcass as written in the recipe, but also add in some turkey from the store — I’ve used a few turkey legs and a breast.  Cook that along with the carcass and then remove all the meat just like you would have.

Overhead shot of one bowl of easy turkey noodle soup that is topped with fresh italian parsley and sitting next to raw carrots, which are also sliced and cooked into the soup.

How To Make Turkey Noodle Soup Without The Carcass

Can you still make turkey noodle soup if you don’t have a turkey carcass to use in this recipe? Yes!  While I do recommend using a carcass if you have it, you can easily make this recipe by skipping adding in the carcass.  Add the veggies, chicken broth and vegetable broth just as you would and then, when you would have added the turkey from the carcass, just add whatever turkey you have.

How To Make Turkey Noodle Soup With Turkey Breast

I like to cook turkey noodle soup with turkey breast, too.  I follow the same tips as cooking turkey noodle soup without a carcass and cook my turkey at the same time as the veggies.  So if you have a few uncooked turkey thighs, legs, or even turkey breast, just add them in the pot to cook along with the veggies in the broth.  The only difference is you want to be sure not to overcook the meat this way so, once it’s tender and can be pulled apart with a fork and, if you have bone-in breasts, just remove from the bone, and then it’s good to go!

Close up shot of the easy turkey noodle soup, which is filled with sliced carrots, cooked turkey, and high fiber noodles.

How To Freeze Turkey Noodle Soup

Yes, there does come a time when we just can’t eat turkey any more.  You can easily freeze leftover turkey noodle soup for quick family meals.   Here are some tips for how to freeze turkey noodle soup:

  • Allow the soup to cool completely. You may want to transfer to a large bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Freeze in either gallon– or quart-sized freezer bags or freezer safe containers for easy thawing and storage.
  • Leave enough space at the top of the bag to allow for expansion during freezing. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the top of the bag and seal securely.
  • Place the soup-filled freezer bags in the freezer, in a single, flat layer (using a rimmed baking sheet is helpful). Allow to freeze completely. Then, stack them on top of each other or standing side by side.
  • Thaw bags of frozen soup in the refrigerator overnight when ready to reheat.

Yay for Thanksgiving and for leftover turkey noodle soup!

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Easy Turkey Noodle Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Make this Easy Turkey Noodle Soup with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.  How to make turkey noodle soup with or without a carcass. 

Categories: Easy Dinner, Soup
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: turkey noodle soup, turkey noodle soup without carcass, turkey soup without carcass
Servings: 8
Calories: 273 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 1 turkey carcass (can sub with turkey breast)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 7 carrots, 3 quartered + 4 sliced, divided
  • 5 stalks celery, 3 quartered + 2 sliced, divided
  • 2 yellow onions, 1 quartered + 1 diced, divided
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (low salt)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano (or 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh)
  • 1 tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary (or 1 tbsp. fresh)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tbsp. fresh)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • Any leftover turkey meat
  • 8 oz. quinoa noodles, uncooked
  1. In a large stock pot, combine the turkey carcass, vegetable stock, chicken stock, 3 quartered carrots, 3 quartered celery stalks, and 1 quartered onion, and heat over medium-high.
  2. Cook until the vegetables are tender and meat falls of bones, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the carcass from the stock pot and set aside to cool. Remove other contents (carrots, celery, and onion) and discard.
  4. Once the turkey is cool enough to touch, remove any remaining meat and pull apart into bite size pieces.
  5. Add the remaining vegetables (4 sliced carrots, 2 sliced celery stalks, and 1 diced onion), the can of tomatoes, any leftover turkey you may have, the salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, and parsley into the pot. Cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Add any leftover turkey meat you may have, the turkey you just removed from the carcass, and the noodles to the pot and stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until the noodles are tender, about 8-12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Turkey Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.6g7%
Saturated Fat 1.2g6%
Cholesterol 51.2mg17%
Sodium 1095.6mg46%
Carbohydrates 32.2g11%
Fiber 8.9g36%
Sugar 9.1g10%
Protein 17.2g34%
Vitamin A 2650IU53%
Vitamin C 20.6mg25%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

3 thoughts on “Easy Turkey Noodle Soup

  1. I was literally just asking my friend this morning, Do you think I could just make homemade soup with the turkey breast I have here even though I have no bone broth/carcass??? THANK YOU for this post! Did you leave your turkey breast whole to cook and then just pulled it out/shredded it after about how long?

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