15 Sunday Dinners to Use Up Your Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

If you're still making your way through Thursday's bountiful leftovers, look to one of these simple, cozy ways to transform your turkey into a whole new meal. These dinners, from veggie-loaded stews to high-stacked sandwiches, mix the savory, herby flavors of Thanksgiving with some pantry ingredients, like rice, frozen vegetables and sandwich bread, so you can stay in and finish those leftovers. Recipes like our Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup and Open-Face Hot Turkey Sandwich are tasty ways to put a twist on one of the best meals of the year.

01 of 15

Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Got leftover cooked chicken or turkey? Cook up a pot of soup! This recipe is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup that hails from Minnesota. Serve with a crisp romaine salad and whole-grain bread.

02 of 15

Leftover Turkey Stew


This hearty and healthy turkey stew recipe is just about the best use of Thanksgiving leftovers we can think of. And we don't just mean the turkey. The stew is packed with leftover roasted vegetables--use whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as Brussels sprouts, parsnips, sweet potatoes and green beans. And leftover gravy is used to add depth of flavor and body. Possibly the best part of this stew recipe? It comes together really quickly--because don't we all need a 20-minute dinner after the craziness of Thanksgiving? Add some leftover bread or rolls and dinner is done. This recipe is equally delicious with leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, and we've included instructions for making a quick gravy in case you don't have leftovers, so you can serve this Thanksgiving-in-a-pot year-round.

03 of 15

Turkey Potpie


You might look forward to the days after Thanksgiving even more than the holiday itself with this easy turkey potpie recipe that's the perfect use for leftover turkey and extra vegetables like carrots and onions you might have on hand from the holiday. The pie is loaded with veggies and a creamy sauce, then topped with a prepared whole-wheat crust so there's no need to make dough. No leftover cooked turkey? This healthy potpie is just as delicious with chicken. Serve it up any time you need a dose of comfort food for dinner.

04 of 15

Open-Face Hot Turkey Sandwich

Open Face Hot Turkey Sandwich
Victor Protasio

This open-face hot turkey sandwich tastes like Thanksgiving on a plate. If you have it, swap in 1½ cups leftover gravy and skip Step 1.

05 of 15

Hot Turkey Pesto Sandwich

Turkey Pesto Sandwich
Victor Protasio

This turkey pesto sandwich features fresh mozzarella cheese, which melts beautifully, creating a gooey, cheesy bite. Serve for lunch or dinner alongside a bowl of soup for a filling meal.

06 of 15

Lemon-Turkey Soup

Lemon Turkey Soup
Fred Hardy

This healthy veggie-loaded soup is an easy way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Adding the lemon juice right before serving sharpens the taste, making it light and bright.

07 of 15

Creamy Turkey & Vegetable Soup

Creamy Turkey Soup
Fred Hardy

This comforting creamy turkey soup is a great way to repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers. The vegetables are perfectly tender and the broth is creamy and flavorful—a perfect soup for when there's a chill in the air!

08 of 15

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries & Turkey

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries & Turkey

Give leftover turkey new life with these delicious stuffed potatoes. A drizzle of homemade honey-mustard dressing soaks into the hot potatoes, adding tons of flavor.

09 of 15

Turkey, Pasta & Vegetable Soup


This simple, clean turkey soup is full of vegetables and shredded turkey, making it perfect for after the holidays when you have leftovers on hand. Don't forget to save your Parmesan rinds! Adding one to a soup like this adds a rich umami flavor.

10 of 15

The Ultimate Turkey Avocado Sandwich


This turkey-avocado sandwich is the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. Packed with leftover turkey, bacon, cranberry sauce and more, this sandwich is sure to satisfy. If you really want to do this sandwich up, chef Hugh Acheson suggests searing a slice of stuffing or bread pudding until it's nice and crispy and putting it between the turkey and avocado.

11 of 15

Turkey-Apple-Brie Sandwiches


Hollowed-out baguettes hold a satisfying combo of tart apples, creamy Brie and protein-rich, shredded turkey.

12 of 15

Turkey & Brown Rice Chili


This hearty turkey chili recipe takes just 35 minutes to prep. While it's cooking, you'll have time to throw together a green salad and warm up some crusty bread to complete the meal.

13 of 15

Turkey-Cranberry Wrap


This wrap is quick-and-easy to prepare and is the perfect lunch solution for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.

14 of 15

Turkey & Leek Shepherd's Pie


The mashed potato-covered shepherd's pie was originally created to use up the leftovers from a festive roast. This version blends peas, leeks and carrots with diced turkey, all in a creamy herb sauce. The dish is a perfect way to create a second meal with the holiday turkey but if you like, use leftover roast chicken, duck or goose.

15 of 15

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas


Try this creative, delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. This recipe shows you how to make tostada shells from corn tortillas. Think of a tostada as an open-face taco: a crispy corn tortilla smothered in toppings.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles