Easy Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with rice! Transform your leftover holiday meal turkey into this warm and comforting soup for the soul!

No turkey leftovers? Don’t worry this can be make with leftover chicken too!

Blue bowl of leftover turkey soup with a brown spoon.

Leftover Turkey Soup

This Thanksgiving we cooked a giant 20 pound turkey for 9 of us knowing that we would have turkey left to make sandwiches and also transform into new meals!

Leftover turkey soup was first on my must make recipe list! This soup is light, flavorful, and just the meal you want after a feast.

Not only is this soup tasty, but it’s nutritious too since I used Homemade Slow Cooker Turkey Stock from our leftover turkey bones!

Turkey Rice Soup – Ultimate Comfort Food!

If you are brave enough to hit the shopping frenzy this weekend, soup sure will bring you comfort when you arrive back home.

In addition, this soup may quite possibly ward off the cold bug that you can easily get from crowds.

For this soup I added rice, but if you are limiting grains from your diet feel free to leave it out.

homemade turkey rice soup with a plate of bread in the background

Leftover Soup With Rice

I’ve used the following varieties of rice for this recipe and each taste a little different, yet all belly warming delicious!

  • White Rice – simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Brown Rice – brown rice needs a longer simmer time, about 30 minutes.
  • Wild Rice – additional simmering time needed. Approximately 40 minutes.

Chicken soup is the most recommended soup for it’s healing properties, but I believe the benefits of  bone broth applies to any stock! 

It’s the broth that is filled with nutrients, especially when it’s made from scratch.

spoonful of homemade turkey soup

Can you Freeze Turkey Rice Soup?

Absolutely!  Here are the steps to freeze the soup:

  1. Prepare soup and let it cool
  2. Put in freezer containers, freezer bags or use a vacuum sealer
  3. Add label with date and name of soup
  4. Frozen soup can be stored for 2-3 months
  5. Thaw overnight in fridge when ready to enjoy

Can You Use Prepared Turkey or Chicken Stock?

Yes! If you don’t have homemade turkey stock, then use your favorite brand of prepared turkey or chicken broth.

In addition, ready cooked chicken or turkey can be added in this soup in place of your holiday leftovers.

Blue bowl filled with turkey and rice soup

What to Serve With Turkey Rice Soup

This recipe was originally posted in 2014 and has been updated with new photos and content in 2019.

Blue bowl of leftover turkey soup with a brown spoon.

Leftover Turkey Soup With Rice

Light and flavorful turkey rice soup made with leftover turkey. Enjoy for lunch or serve as a main meal with a quesadilla or sandwich.
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: soup, turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 825kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 6-8 cups broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 celery ribs sliced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup rice I used brown
  • 2 cups cooked turkey cut in 1/2″ pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot combine broth, thyme, bay leaf, carrots and celery. Bring to a boil, sir in rice, reduce to simmer and cover pot. Simmer 20 minutes for white rice or 30 minutes for brown rice.
  • Add the turkey and cook over medium heat for another 7-10 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 825kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 2862mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g


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  1. I’m a new cook her can I use noodles instead of rice and cook the same way to replace the rice . Did this make any sense ? Thank you Mary. Sounds good

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who buys a big bird for the leftovers. This soup sounds delicious. My husband prefers rice over noodles in my soups too. He would love this.