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Do you have some leftover turkey from your holiday celebrations? Or maybe just a rotisserie chicken that you picked up at the grocery store? This Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup recipe is made without a carcass for an easy, healthy dinner that’s ready in about 30 minutes!

Homemade turkey noodle soup in a pot scooped up with a ladle

This slightly creamy turkey noodle soup is the best of both worlds! You get the comfort and nourishment of a homemade soup, without the tedious effort of making broth from a carcass, straining, or long simmering times.

Instead, the easy recipe takes advantage of leftover turkey or chicken for a one pot meal that cooks quickly on the stovetop! This is the perfect turkey noodle soup for busy weeknights!

Bowls of homemade turkey noodle soup garnished with fresh parsley

How to Make Turkey Noodle Soup:

First, sauté diced carrots, celery and onion in olive oil in a big soup pot or saucepan. Your house will smell so cozy and delicious already!

Carrots onion and celery in a pot for turkey noodle soup

Next, add the broth (or stock), condensed cream of chicken soup, diced turkey (or chicken), and poultry seasoning. Bring the soup to a boil.

Leftover turkey and other ingredients for turkey noodle soup

Once the soup is boiling, stir in the uncooked egg noodles. Reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for 7-9 minutes (or until the noodles are tender).

Uncooked egg noodles in measuring cup

I like to garnish the soup with a bright burst of chopped, fresh parsley. Canned soup just can’t compare to this nourishing 30-minute meal!

Overhead close image of turkey noodle soup in pot

Can you freeze Turkey Noodle Soup?

Definitely! The soup freezes very nicely. Allow to cool to room temperature, divide into individual servings in airtight containers, and freeze for up to 3 months. I like to use these deli containers to easily freeze and stack my soups and sauces. You can also just put the soup in a large Ziploc bag and freeze it flat to save space.

Turkey noodle soup on a ladle with steam coming off

Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • Make chicken noodle soup by swapping out the turkey with an equal amount of cooked, diced chicken. You can even buy the rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and throw some of that in the pot. I say take as many short-cuts as possible!
  • Have a turkey carcass that you want to use? You can make your own turkey stock to use in this soup.
  • Substitute other pasta for the egg noodles! You can use a small pasta like ditalini or a short pasta like bowties, too!
  • Stir in extra water or broth, as desired, so that the soup reaches the desired consistency. It’s a pretty thick soup (which we love)!

Bowl of turkey noodle soup with a spoon

Try these other leftover turkey recipes, too:

Quick and Easy Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 170.8 kcal
This Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup recipe is made without a carcass for an easy, healthy dinner that's ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, NOT diluted I used Campbell's Healthy Request
  • 3-4 cups (about 1 lb.) diced, cooked turkey (or substitute with an equal amount of cooked, diced chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 cups uncooked dry medium egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 10 minutes).
  • Add broth, soup, turkey, and poultry seasoning. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in the noodles, reduce heat to low, and simmer at a low boil for about 7-9 minutes (or just until noodles are tender).
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in fresh parsley just before serving, if desired.

Notes

Tips and Recipe Variations:
  • Make chicken noodle soup by swapping out the turkey with an equal amount of cooked, diced chicken. You can even buy the rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and throw some of that in the pot. I say take as many short-cuts as possible!
  • Have a turkey carcass that you want to use? You can make your own turkey stock to use in this soup.
  • Substitute other pasta for the egg noodles! You can use a small pasta like ditalini or a short pasta like bowties, too! Just be aware -- if you use a different shape pasta, the cooking time may vary slightly.
  • Stir in extra water or broth, as desired, so that the soup reaches the desired consistency. It's a pretty thick soup (which we love)!
Can you freeze Turkey Noodle Soup?
Definitely! The soup freezes very nicely. Allow to cool to room temperature, divide into individual servings in airtight containers, and freeze for up to 3 months. I like to use these deli containers to easily freeze and stack my soups and sauces. You can also just put the soup in a large Ziploc bag and freeze it flat to save space.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 170.8kcalCarbohydrates: 14.2gProtein: 18.7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 55.1mgSodium: 550.5mgPotassium: 303.4mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2.1g
Keyword: homemade turkey noodle soup recipe, turkey noodle soup, turkey noodle soup without carcass
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in December, 2013. It was updated in November, 2018.

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  1. 4 stars
    If you use the frozen Reames noodles, it WILL NOT freeze well. Learn from my mistakes. Delicious otherwise though!

  2. Can you just add the pasta uncooked (the video seems to use it uncooked) since it’ll be baking in liquid for 25 minutes? I use regular lasagna noodles (not the oven-ready kind) in my lasagna and they cook beautifully from the liquid in the meat sauce. I was thinking that maybe you could do the same here? What do you think?

    1. Hi, Karen! The condensed soup adds a bit of creaminess to the broth, thickens it slightly, and gives the soup extra flavor. You could add some flour to the vegetables to make a roux that will thicken the soup a little bit, add a splash of cream at the end, and season with extra salt, pepper, celery salt, or other spices and herbs that you like. Another alternative would be to make a homemade version of the condensed soup to use in this recipe, following instructions similar to these: https://www.apinchofhealthy.com/homemade-condensed-cream-of-chicken-soup/

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today! Mmmmmm Mmmmm good ! I did add more broth the recipe was spot on made with left over turkey from thanksgiving!