Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

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Chunks of turkey, carrots, celery, and thick egg noodles come together in this Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup to create a perfect after-Thanksgiving meal.

My family looks forward to this soup every bit as much as we look forward to the big turkey with all the sides.

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My middle son loves this turkey soup so much that we have labeled it HIS soup and he would happily just drink the broth if I let him.

He calls this “broth soup” because he thinks the turkey broth is “awesomely delicious.”

Turkey Soup

Hearty, comforting and creamy, turkey soup is a favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. After all the excitement of the holiday meals, the family gatherings and the clean up, it’s lovely to sit back and enjoy a warming bowl of Turkey soup.

I’ve tasted some lack luster soups made with turkey leftovers. This is nothing like some of those watery flavorless soups made by tossing leftover turkey chunks into store-bought broth.

The Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup I’m sharing today is full of flavor from the homemade turkey broth, thickened with flour and butter, plus perfectly cooked tender egg noodles. Noodle soup lovers will love this recipe.

We like turkey soup soup too much to just eat it only when we have holiday leftovers. I buy several turkeys when they go on sale each year, so that I can make this soup through the year.

Creamy Turkey Soup freezes well and I keep servings of it in the freezer exclusively for my son. That way, on nights when they rest of the family is enjoying spicier soups; he has this option instead.

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup is always a hit

On the occasion when we don’t have turkey in the house to make this soup, it works nicely with chicken as well.

If you’re looking for more tasty turkey soup recipes, give this Spicy Southwest Turkey and Four Bean Soup and this Creamy Turkey Green Chile Soup a try too.

Turkey Recipes

Turkey is so much more than just the center piece for a Thanksgiving dinner. This Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs makes for an impressive and delicious dinner any time of year.

We love our turkey but I have to admit that one of my favorite things about making a big roast turkey dinner is the leftovers. Creamy Turkey Soup is a highlight but there are so many delicious turkey recipes for using that leftover bird.

Make the most of your leftovers with this Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup - get the recipe at

I love leftover this Southwest Turkey Chopped Salad and this Turkey and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Dressing enough to eat them by the bucket full.

Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas wrap the best of Thanksgiving flavor into a hand-held meal and Turkey Pho keeps those turkey leftovers from every being boring.

Leftover Turkey Taquitos are a kid favorite that everyone loves. BBQ Turkey Stuffed Red Potatoes are an unexpected use for leftover turkey that we look forward to every year.

Turkey Soup Recipe

Making turkey soup starts by simmering a leftover turkey carcass to make broth. (This is my youngest son’s favorite part and he would be glad to just slurp the broth straight up.)

You need three quarts of the broth to make Turkey Noodle Soup. Any leftovers I happen to have get stashed in the freezer for future soup recipes.

I add the broth to a pot of vegetables sauteed in butter. A little flour sprinkled over the veggies and butter turns the broth lightly creamy, like a thin gravy. Cooked egg noodles and a helping of real heavy cream add the finishing touches to this turkey noodle soup. 

Turkey Noodle Soup

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

After adding the cream, you just stir everything together and let it all get warm for a few minutes. Then, it’s ready to be poured into bowls and hit the dinner table.

In my opinion, Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup is just the right middle ground between the ultra thick cream soups like Creamy Cauliflower Potato Soup and brothier soups like Chicken Tortilla. Every spoonful of this soup is full of rich egg noodles, creamy flavorful broth and chunks of carrot and celery. 

The whole family loves this Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

It’s a meal all on its own but would also be delicious with a side of crusty bread or oyster crackers.

You can freeze this soup easily. Simply reheat in the microwave or let thaw in the refrigerator to reheat on the stove top. I love making a big batch of this soup to keep in the freezer all winter long.

Nothing is better on a chilly January night than a hot steaming bowl of Turkey soup! 

Kitchen Tip: I use this pot to make this recipe.

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Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

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Servings: 8 -12 servings, depending on size


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass this will make 3+ quarts of broth
  • 3 cups cooked turkey diced into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped or 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 large carrots sliced small or 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 3 celery stalks sliced small ot 1 1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon chicken base chicken bouillon will work also
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper adjust according to taste
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • 8-10 oz egg noodles


  • Place the turkey carcass in a large pot (at least 8 quart) and cover completely with water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the carcass from the stock in the pot. I find it easiest to place a large strainer over a second large pot. I pour the stock and carcass through the strainer and it removes everything for me. (I don’t try to save any of the remaining meat off of the carcass, because I really do not care for the way it tastes after simmering for so long. If you don’t notice the change, go ahead and use this meat for the soup.) Set the broth aside to cool. You will need 3 quarts (or 12 cups) of the broth for this soup. I always save and freeze the extra broth for future soups and other recipes.
  • In a large pot (at least 8 quart), saute the celery, carrots and onion in the butter until they are almost tender. The vegetables will absorb most of the butter at this point. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle the flour over the vegetables. Stir to combine and let the vegetables absorb the flour. Gradually add 4 cups of the reserved broth. Bring this mixture to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for about two minutes, or until thickened.
  • Add the additional 8 cups of broth, the bouillon, salt, pepper and diced turkey. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering, cook the egg noodles, drain and set aside. (I prefer cooking them separately, because I can more accurately determine how soft they will be.)
  • After 30 minutes, add the cooked noodles and the cream. Warm over low heat, just to make sure that everything is warm. Enjoy!
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{originally published 11/20/2011 – recipe notes and photos updated 10/4/17}

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  1. Anonymous says

    I just made your soup following Thanksgiving and some stock made from a smoked turkey carcass. Aside from the leftover smoked turkey, I added a chopped leek to the mirapoix and simmered 2 stems of thyme, a bay leaf and some chopped rosemary. (So many fresh herbs left over, too!) Then a little chopped sage at the end. OMG!! I can't believe the flavor! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. The best!!

  2. Mary says

    I am thrilled that you enjoyed it. The fresh herbs make it that much more delicious. I've added fresh herbs a time or two before, it just depends on what I have in the house. I love the sounds of the combination of ALL of those herbs though. I need to try that next time. Thanks!

  3. RC1956 says

    Love all the recipes you can do from leftover turkey. Turkey Pot Pies, Turkey StirFry, Hot Turkey Sandwiches with mashed potatoes and stuffing, Turkey Delight or Martha's Favorite Turkey Sandwiches – warmed turkey, shredded with cream cheese and cranberry sauce on a croissant bun. Always ran out of turkey before recipes. Will have to save enough to make this recipe. looks so good.

  4. Anonymous says

    Another wonderful recipe, Mary. It is an excellent soup and I can see why your son likes the broth so much. There is nothing like "old school stock," made from the carcass, veggies, herbs and slow cooking. Such flavor! i sometimes switch out 3 cups of cooked wild rice for the noodles and I don't worry about soggy noodles, if we don't eat it all at once.

    Mary5 stars

  5. Sheana says

    Thank you for posting the turkey noodle soup. I made it today and it was the most amazing soup ever! Words cannot express my gratitude for this wonderful dish! It got many raves today at the dinner table!!5 stars

  6. Alison says

    I make this soup every time I cook a turkey! My daughter gets excited when I make a turkey because she absolutely loves this soup!5 stars

  7. Janet says

    This looks delicious! Only problem is – my kids do not like creamy soups – can I just leave out the cream? Thanks!

  8. Terry says

    What a surprise. The only thing creamy about this recipe is that there is cream in it. What a waste of time. This recipe literally sucks. What a HUGE disappointment. I gave it a 1 rating by mistake. It should be a ZERO.

  9. Nicole says

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I love making soup. This sounds delicious and although I haven’t made it yet, I’ve done everything mentioned in your recipe before to make turkey noodle soup except adding cream so I appreciate you sharing a way to kick turkey noodle soup up a notch! And I appreciate that it isn’t heavy cream which is delicious but fattening and for me, somewhat defeats the purpose of me eating soup regularly. Please ignore the downright rude posting. Some people live to post awful & nasty things and hide behind the screen. Please continue to post great recipes because those of us who are joyful cooks appreciate it!5 stars

  10. KT says

    Ordinarily, I do not review recipes.

    I don’t know where I went wrong, but I followed the recipe to the letter and it was the disappointing to spend nearly two hours on a pot of inedible soup. It wasn’t a matter of taste even: the soup was not creamy at all.

    Better luck to everyone else out there, but this one fell flat for us.1 star

    • Mary says

      I can’t even hazard a guess what might have gone wrong here. If you added the cream, this should’ve been a creamy soup. It is a pretty straightforward recipe and it always turns out creamy for us. (And for all the others who make it each year.)

  11. Heather says

    I’ve added this to my Thanksgiving leftover rotation because it’s so delicious! I freeze family and single size portions for quick lunches and dinners. This is one of our favorite soup recipes. I use fat free half and half instead of cream, and it’s still very delicious and filling. Thank you so much for sharing it!5 stars

  12. Yolanda says

    This recipe is really tasty, my husband said it was the best Turkey soup I have ever made! I just wish it came out a bit thicker. Will make again with chicken next time.4 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the soup, Yolanda! If you’re looking for a thicker soup, you can make a slurry with a little bit of flour and add it to the simmering soup. Or, you can also increase the heavy cream in the recipe.

  13. Valerie says

    Just made this recipe tonight. Utterly delicious!!!
    This will be my family’s new favorite from now on. Thank you, Valerie5 stars

  14. Linda says

    Hi Mary! I just made your lovely, delicious creamy turkey noodle soup tonight. My husband and I both loved it! It’s a keeper and I will be making it often!5 stars

  15. April says

    Hello! I am fairly new to cooking and this looks amazing. Just curious if this would be the same recipe if i used chicken instead of the turkey?

  16. JENN M. says

    My shift tzu dog loves it. He at 3 bowls. He loves the broth. We enjoyed it, but I may add rosemary , thyme, and garlic. Thank you.4 stars

  17. Rob says

    Made for the first time today, really really good. Definitely will be making again. Not a big fan of turkey dinner leftovers, will have once and that’s enough. This is a great way to use leftover turkey.5 stars

  18. J&H says

    Amazing tasting soup, hearty and satisfying! We went fishing in 15 degree cold and heated this soup for lunch – hit the spot!5 stars

  19. Patricia Schroll says

    I have made many of your recipes and we have enjoyed all of them. I’m making this Creamy Turkey Noodle soup today. My husband loves the word Creamy.
    Enjoy the New Year 2021.

  20. Patrise Mercurio says

    Thanks Mary! I LOVE making soups and THIS is the absolute BEST turkey soup I have EVER made. I simmered the carcass for 2 days though, until the bones were soft. I like to get ALL of the collagen out of the bones and joints. I made a huge pot and shared it with mu neighbors, they said it was the best turkey soup they had ever had! Thanks so much.5 stars