This warm, inviting Turkey Noodle Soup recipe is an old-fashioned, home-cooking recipe you will return to many times over. High in protein and nutrition, this is a great soup anytime you need comfort food.
How to Make Noodle Soup with Leftover Turkey or Chicken
Turkey Noodle Soup is wonderful:
- To use left-over turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- For recovering from a feeling under the weather.
- To send a friend as a heart-warming meal.
- To use a store-bought rotisserie chicken (& make it extra easy!).
WW Points and Nutritional Information for Turkey Noodle Soup
This soup is 248 calories per serving.
WW points for 2023 –
Turkey Soup Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this healthy soup:
- chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
- turkey or chicken broth homemade, or use 4 cans. While you can use cans of chicken broth or stock, making your own stock really takes this recipe to the next level. Click here for directions for making your own stock.
- chopped onion
- chopped celery
- chopped carrots
- oil or cooking spray
- poultry seasoning
- season salt
- 1 bag egg noodles – dried or frozen. Dried noodles are fine in this recipe, but if you can find frozen noodles, those are especially good.
Do you have to use egg noodles in this recipe? No, you do not. Egg noodles are richer in flavor, but enriched flour noodles, whole wheat noodles, gluten-free noodles, or low-carb noodle substitutes like Palmini also work just fine.
What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Soup
This healthy soup (great for when you are feeling under the weather or anytime you want a delicious meal) is tasty with:
- Side salad with light dressing
- Mango Cashew salad
- Pomegranate Pear Chicken salad with Cherry dressing
- Green beans (sometimes I even put these right into my soup)
- Crackers, especially saltines if you want to crush them into your soup.
- Bread, such as one of these healthier bread options.
- Whole wheat dinner rolls
- Fruit salad
- Add a few handfuls of fresh spinach right before serving to boost the nutrition and give this a beautiful color. (You don’t need to cook it with the spinach. The leaves will wilt from the heat of the soup.)
Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe
This soup is delicious any time of year but especially wonderful to use the leftovers from a Thanksgiving turkey. It’s especially rich if you cook down the turkey bones to make a hearty stock.
This soup can be used with chicken from a rotisserie chicken, too.
Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe
- 2 cups turkey or chicken chopped. Use chicken or turkey breast for the lowest WW points.
- 6-8 cups turkey or chicken broth homemade, or use 4 cans
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 tsp oil or cooking spray
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 2 tsp season salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 12 ounce bag egg noodles If you can find them, frozen egg noodles are amazing in this recipe, but dry noodles work well, too.
- In a large stock pot, cook onion, celery, and carrots in oil until soft but not browned. (About 10 minutes on medium heat.)
- Add broth and bring to a boil.
- Turn down to a simmer. Add spices. Cook 20 – 60 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
- Add egg noodles according to package instructions (about 10-15 minutes), adding more broth or water if needed.
- When noodles are done, add cooked turkey or chicken.
- Simmer an additional 10 minutes, then serve.
Slow Cooker Instructions
- Add all ingredients except for noodles into slow cooker. (You can leave out the oil. It's not needed for the crock pot cooking method.)
- Cook for 6-8 hours on LOW heat.
- Turn heat up to HIGH. Add noodles. Cook for 15-20 minutes more, or until noodles are soft but not falling apart. Stir and serve.
Instant Pot Instructions
- Plug in the Instant pot and push the "Saute" button. In the inner chamber, cook onion, celery, and carrots in 1 tsp oil until soft but not browned. (About 6 minutes.)
- Use a spoon to scrape off any bits of vegetables that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. (If food is stuck to the bottom, it may not come to pressure.)
- Add all other ingredients except noodles.
- Put the lid on, seal, and push the "Soup" button. Cook for 8 minutes. (Note: Actual time will be longer because it will take a few minutes to come to pressure.) When done, quick release and carefully remove lid.
- Push the "Saute" button and add noodles. Cook until noodles are done, about 10 minutes. Stir and serve.
Step by Step How to Make Turkey Noodle Soup
This wonderful soup is a classic recipe my mom has been making for years. It’s one of those recipes that whenever I ask her how to make it, she says, “Oh you know, it’s not really a recipe. You just add what you want.”
The thing is many of us don’t live near moms and grandmas these days, and we DON’T KNOW what we want to add. We need details!
So here is exactly how to make this classic soup. This recipe does take a bit of time, but I promise it’s not difficult.
In a large stock pot, cook carrots, celery, and onions in a small amount (1 tsp) of oil until soft but not browned. Do this over medium heat.
Use fresh vegetables, or save time by using frozen, pre-chopped vegetables.
Once vegetables are soft, add turkey or chicken broth. Click here to read about how to make turkey broth from a left-over turkey. Canned broth can also be used, but the end result will be much richer and more healthy if you use home made stock. Add seasonings.
Simmer soup for 30-60 minutes to blend flavors.
Add noodles and cook according to package directions.
Then add 2 cups chopped, cooked turkey and simmer 10 minutes more.
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