Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach

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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach is the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s a delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this healthy and easy soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

THE BEST WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING TURKEY

This Turkey Soup is filled with hearty veggies and tender turkey in a zesty tomato broth. It is pure and awesomely delicious comfort food perfect for Fall.

The soup comes together real fast, it’s easy to make, it’s hearty, LOADED with flavor, and tastes pretty darn amazing. What’s better is that you will only need one pot and 30 minutes to make it! Kind of like my Turkey Corn Chowder, that is also quick cooking and extremely enjoyable. 🍽

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

HOW TO MAKE LEFTOVER TURKEY SOUP

My Leftover Turkey Soup includes all your favorite Italian flavors in a belly-warming bowl of soup. Checkit:

  • Just like any other soup, we will first start with warming up some olive oil and stirring in our diced onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

  • Once the veggies soften up, we will add in our cooked and shredded turkey meat; sauté for a few minutes and stir in some tomato paste, as well as a can of roasted tomatoes.
  • Cook all of that few minutes more, then add some stock, orzo pasta, and seasonings.
  • You will want to bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and continue to simmer for 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
  • Finally, stir in the spinach and voila! Your soup is done!

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

Because of the nature of my job, we had Thanksgiving dinner in October. I do this because I want to have enough time to photograph, write, and share my Thanksgiving recipes with all of you come November.

But, what happened afterwards was a jam packed fridge with ALL-the-food! I’m talking, Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, and I can’t remember the rest. TOO MUCH food for a family of 4.

However, this Turkey Soup with Orzo and Spinach was the first thing I made with our turkey leftovers and it fed us for the next 2 days.

Find some more wonderful ideas for a lot of your Thanksgiving Leftovers 👈right here.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

I say take whatever is left of that delicious Thanksgiving Roast Turkey and make this soup to enjoy for the days after Thanksgiving. See it as your Black-Friday-after-shopping-meal all taken care of!

HOW TO STORE COOKED TURKEY SOUP

  • Transfer completely cooled turkey soup to an airtight container.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, add more liquid, stir, and reheat over medium heat on the stove top.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED TURKEY SOUP

  • Make sure the soup is completely cooled.
  • Transfer soup to large heavy duty freezer bags – I divide it into two freezer bags – and freeze the soup for 3 to 4 months.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach - Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. Make a pot of this homemade, healthy, and real easy Turkey Soup with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

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5 from 12 votes
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo | Thanksgiving Leftovers Idea
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Delicious and hearty soup loaded with tomatoes, spinach, orzo pasta, and turkey meat. 

Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: leftover turkey, pasta, thanksgiving leftovers, turkey soup
Servings: 6 Serves
Calories: 391 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups cooked and shredded turkey meat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14-ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bag (6 to 8 ounces) baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Heat oil and melt butter in a dutch oven or a large stock pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes.

  3. Add carrots, celery, garlic and parsley; season with salt and pepper and continue to sauté for about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in turkey meat and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix in tomato paste and stir in the canned tomatoes; stir in thyme, oregano, and rosemary and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add broth, orzo, and bay leaf; stir to combine and bring soup to a boil.
  7. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done.
  8. Stir in the baby spinach and cook for 1 more minute, or until spinach is wilted.
  9. Remove from heat and taste for seasonings. Adjust accordingly.
  10. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Recipe Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED TURKEY SOUP

  • Transfer completely cooled turkey soup to an airtight container.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, add more liquid, stir, and reheat over medium heat on the stove top.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED TURKEY SOUP

  • Make sure the soup is completely cooled.
  • Transfer soup to large heavy duty freezer bags – I divide it into two freezer bags – and freeze the soup for 3 to 4 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To reheat, add more liquid, stir, and reheat over medium heat on the stove top.

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 6

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe with Orzo and Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 653mg19%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3960IU79%
Vitamin C 14.5mg18%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 Responses
  1. Colleen Benedict

    Made this last night, this was super good. I only had 3/4 c of orzo left so I added Ditalini as well, and it was fantastic! Served with Grated Parm on the top, YUM, a keeper. Thanks!

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