Creamy Turkey & Vegetable Soup


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!

Creamy Turkey Soup
Photo: Fred Hardy
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups chopped leek (white and light green parts)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery, plus leaves for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken or turkey broth

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 8 ounces unpeeled Yukon Gold potato (1 large potato), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more for garnish

  • 4 cups shredded or coarsely chopped roasted turkey

  • 1 cup frozen green peas


  1. Melt butter and oil in a large pot oven over medium heat. Add leek, carrots and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are coated in flour, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, milk, potato, salt and pepper.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring until the liquid thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Stir in turkey and peas. Simmer until warmed through and the peas are bright green, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with celery leaves, thyme and ground pepper, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
12g Fat
23g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 2/3 cups
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Vitamin A 4745IU 95%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Potassium 489mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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