Turkey soup recipe

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Turkey soup makes a delicious Boxing Day meal and will transform your cold cuts into a whole new meal. This recipe is really easy with just 10 minutes prep!

Turkey soup
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories145 Kcal7%
Fat16 g23%
Saturated Fat2 g10%

Turkey soup is a great way to make the most of your leftover turkey carcass, getting the most of all those little bits and pieces that might otherwise get thrown in the bin. Adding a few extra bits to the rich stick makes for a warming creamed turkey soup that's delicious on a cold evening during the festive period.

After all the cooking on Christmas day this soup is so simple to make and it makes a perfect light lunch or dinner on Boxing Day. Serve it up with crusty bread (with plenty of butter!) and a scattering of fresh parsley for a delicious and filling evening meal. Love cooking for the festive season? We've got loads more scrumptious Christmas recipes to try right here!

Looking for another recipe to use up your leftover turkey? Why not have a go at our delicious and simple turkey curry recipe!


  • Turkey carcass
  • 300ml (½ pint) left-over gravy
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mixed herbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 250g (8oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 300ml (½ pint) milk




  1. Put the turkey carcass, with any remaining turkey meat on it, into a large pan. Add the gravy, onion and herbs and pour in 1 litre (1¾ pints) water. Season well.
  2. Put the lid on the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Lift out the turkey carcass, pulling off any turkey meat left on there, if you like.
  3. Add the mushrooms and simmer for 15 mins. Use a stick blender to half-blend the soup in the pan, or blend about half the soup in a food processor and then pour it back into the pan. Stir in the milk and warm through to serve. Add slivers of cooked turkey, if you like.
Top Tip for making Turkey soup

If you have made stock from the giblets, add this to the pan for a full-flavoured soup instead of water. Also, any leftover vegetables, such as carrots, can be added.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies