One-Pot Turkey Vegetable Soup


Got leftover turkey? Use it in this turkey vegetable soup for a satisfying main dish that's full of bright flavors thanks to the use of lemon juice and lemon zest.

One-Pot Turkey Vegetable Soup
Photo: Photography / Antonis Achilleos, Styling / Christine Keely, Ali Ramee
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium leek, white and light green parts only, sliced

  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced 1/8-inch thick

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups lower-sodium chicken broth or turkey broth

  • 2 (4-inch) thyme sprigs, plus thyme leaves for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups shredded or diced leftover roasted turkey or thick-cut deli turkey

  • 2 medium carrots, diagonally sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • Grated lemon zest & lemon wedges for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium heat. Add leek and celery; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables have softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add broth, thyme sprigs, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Stir in turkey and carrots; cook, undisturbed, until the carrots are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs. Stir in peas; cook, undisturbed, for 30 seconds.

  3. Divide the soup evenly among 4 bowls. Garnish with thyme leaves and lemon zest, if desired, and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
11g Fat
15g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Vitamin A 6274IU 125%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Potassium 628mg 13%

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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