Wholesome and hearty one pot leftover turkey wild rice soup is the most comforting way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner or any turkey dinner. It is packed with cooked turkey, wild rice, mushrooms, and vegetables for a healthy and filling meal. It is so delicious and super easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep.
When the holidays start to roll around and I begin prepping my Thanksgiving dinner menu, I always think about what I am going to do with the leftovers. Does anyone else plan ahead like this? I love using turkey in turkey wild rice soup because it is just so warm and cozy and really hits the spot. Some of my other favourite ways to use up turkey leftovers are in leftover turkey fried rice, leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, leftover turkey stuffed peppers, or creamy turkey orzo soup.
- cooked turkey - shredded or cut into ½ inch cubes.
- wild rice
- vegetables - onion, celery, and carrots.
- olive oil
- fresh thyme
- bay leaves
- vegetable stock powder - You can also use chicken or turkey stock powder.
- salt and pepper
- fresh parsley - to garnish on top.
How to Make the Best Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Heat oil in a medium-large cooking pot (or 4 qt. dutch oven) over medium-high heat for 2 minutes until sizzling hot. Add onion, celery, carrots, thyme and bay leaves, and sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft and fragrant.
Add turkey, rice and mushrooms. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes. Add vegetable stock powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well to mix. Add water and bring soup to a boil, about 5 minutes. Cover the lid and turn down to medium-low heat. Simmer for 35 to 40 minutes until most of the wild rice is soft and popped.
Remove the bay leaves and serve in soup bowls. Sprinkle parsley on top to garnish, and squeeze some lemon juice if desired.
Tips for Making Turkey Soup
- How to make it creamy: To make this soup creamy, stir in ½ cup of half and half cream at the end, after the soup is done simmering.
- How to store: Keep the turkey wild rice soup in the pot (covered) and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also transfer the soup into an airtight container for storing.
- How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave or on the stove for a few minutes until hot and serve.
How to Serve Leftover Turkey Soup
A hearty soup like leftover turkey wild rice soup is great served on it's own with a side salad like a fall harvest salad with roasted butternut squash or an apple walnut salad, and crusty bread for dipping. Try pumpkin focaccia with fresh herbs or easy homemade biscuits with this. Or browse through all of our bread recipes.
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- Sweet Potato Soup
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup
- Creamy Mexican Corn Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
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