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Best Turkey Soup Recipe

This is the absolute Best Turkey Soup Recipe!

ladle full of turkey soup over pot

We have made this recipe many times in our house over the years, and we use either chicken or turkey- whatever we have on hand. It’s the soup I make on chilly days. It’s the soup I make when we’re feeling under the weather. And it’s the soup I make and bring to friends who are in need of a meal. Whatever the occasion, it’s definitely a favorite. It’s the Best Turkey Soup recipe!

ingredients for turkey soup

Ingredients needed:

  • olive oil
  • onion, carrot, celery and garlic
  • all purpose flour
  • oregano, thyme, poultry seasoning and salt
  • chicken or turkey broth
  • shredded turkey
  • evaporated milk
  • egg noodles

in process photo of making turkey soup

How to make the Best Turkey Soup Recipe:

In a pot, you’ll heat the oil and sauté the veggies- onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Then you’ll sprinkle flour and spices on top of the veggies. 

in process photo of making turkey soup

Next you’ll stir in the broth. You can use chicken broth, or if you can locate turkey broth you can use that instead. Everything is simmered for 25 minutes.

bowl of turkey being added to soup

Finally, you’ll add in the turkey, noodles and evaporated milk. At this point, you’ll continue to cook until the noodles are tender. Then the Best Turkey Soup is ready to serve!

Why does this soup call for using Evaporated Milk?

Trust the recipe! Evaporated milk has a creamy quality to it. It has a lower moisture content, which means it’s more rich and creamy than traditional milk. Evaporated milk adds a richness to this turkey soup that makes it so wonderful. If you can’t have dairy, it’s okay to leave it out. And if you want things to be really creamy, use half and half or cream instead!

turkey soup in a bowl with a spoon

The result is a soup that everyone will tell you is the best turkey soup recipe they’ve every had. Seriously, it’s totally delicious.

A note regarding leftovers:

Store leftover soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Since there is pasta in the soup, the pasta will tend to soak up the liquid in the soup. If you find that there is not enough broth in the soup when you pull it out to eat the next day, simply add in another can of broth and warm it all up again.

best turkey soup in a white bowl with a spoon

Be sure to save your leftover turkey to make this Best Turkey Soup recipe. Enjoy!

Here are a few more soup recipes you might like to try:

ladle full of turkey soup over pot

Best Turkey Soup Recipe

Truly the best turkey noodle soup to make the day after making a roasted turkey!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 195 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups chicken (or turkey) broth
  • 3 cups shredded turkey
  • 12 ounces 2% canned evaporated milk
  • 2 cups (4 ounces) uncooked egg noodles (or any kind of noodle)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour, oregano, thyme and poultry seasoning over the vegetables, and cook 1 minute. Stir in the broth and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes. 
  • Add the turkey, evaporated milk and noodles, and cook 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.


  • TIP: Can substitute chicken to make chicken soup.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 18gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 917mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2218IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
Keyword soup, turkey
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Recipe Rating

Catherine Essner

Thursday 4th of February 2021

I added turnip and wax turnip! Low carb good! I also went with lactose free evap. Milk!

Elly Nailor

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Made this today and it was delicious. Thank you so much i have made many of your recipes and i love them all.


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Thank you!

Ohio Soup

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Quick, easy, DELICIOUS!!