This easy turkey noodle soup is one I’ve been making for years and years!  Tender turkey and vegetables with rotini noodles in a delicious tomato broth.

This homemade turkey noodle soup is one of our all time favorites and the perfect way to enjoy leftover turkey!

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When I make a big turkey dinner, I always make sure to cook a big enough turkey to plan for leftovers.  There are literally countless meals you can make with leftover turkey from soups and casseroles to easy turkey pasta salads for lunch.

Once the protein is cooked, the rest of the meal just seems to come together so quickly & easily and who doesn’t love a good turkey soup from leftovers.

Of all things I make with leftovers, turkey noodle soup is near the very top of my favorites! It just feels good to enjoy a meal made with so many great flavors!

I make a killer Slow Cooker Turkey Bean Soup recipe that everyone raves about and this soup is another one that my family just can’t get enough of!

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This soup is an old fashioned turkey soup with a little bit of extra flavor added in! Nothing fancy, crazy or unusual, just good classic flavors we love and enjoy!

Tips for a Perfect Homemade Turkey Soup

  • If time allows, making your own turkey broth is easy and delicious!
  • Swap out the noodles for instant rice or cooked wild rice.
  • Use any veggies you have on hand including leftover vegetables.  If they’re already cooked, add them in the last few minutes just to heat them.
  • Fresh herbs really add a pop of flavor. With the exception of rosemary, they should be added in right before serving.
  • If you are low on broth, water and bouillon is a great substitution.
  • I always add a pinch of Poultry Seasoning to chicken or turkey soups for a delicious flavor.
  • Swap out the regular canned tomatoes for a can of tomatoes with green chilis to add a bit of spice.

I start with a classic onion, celery, carrot mixture cooked until tender. Seasonings and flour are added in to add a slightly creamy texture to the broth.

Next leftover turkey, broth and canned tomatoes are simmered together creating a delicious and slightly zesty flavor.

Finally noodles are added in and cooked until nice and tender. I use rotini but any medium sized noodles are great in this recipe.

Keep in mind that the noodles take a little bit longer to cook in this soup than the would in water.

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The result is the most delicious turkey soup ever!  We serve this with a side salad and my favorite 30 Minute Dinner Rolls for an easy meal that warms my belly!

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Turkey Noodle Soup

This easy turkey noodle soup has tender turkey and vegetables with rotini noodles in a delicious tomato broth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 SERVINGS


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 whole carrots sliced
  • 4 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 6 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes 14 ½ ounces
  • 3-4 cups cooked turkey
  • 6 ounces dry rotini noodles


  • Cook onion, celery, carrots and garlic in olive oil and butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Stir in flour and seasonings. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Add broth, tomatoes and turkey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove cover and stir in rotini. Cook 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
5 from 16 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 221 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2710IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American


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  1. Hello! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just had a question, is it okay to leave out the tomatoes? Will it affect the flavor too much or is there something else I can do to replace them? I just don’t like tomato very much, both the flavor and texture

  2. I feel stupid asking this but do you drain the tomatoes???? Also, is the nutritional in based on servings or the whole pot???

    1. Hi Carrie, for this recipe we add the tomatoes, juice and all, to the soup. And the nutritional value is per serving!

    1. This recipe freezes well. If you are going to freeze it, leave out the noodles and add them when you reheat the soup!

  3. This is my second question keeps getting deleted…? What is the green stuff in the soup is it basi? Also, are those white onion or cabbage in the soup? I’d like to make this but I can’t seem to get an answer to my questions!

    1. The white things are onions as listed in the recipe. The green is just a pinch parsley for garnish or appearance. I hope that helps.

      1. Can you use the left over juices from the turkey instead of chicken broth or boullion and can you use the diced tomatoes with the oregeno in them already instead of plain diced tomatoes

      2. Both of those substitutions sound delicious Francis, let us know how it turns out!