Soup's On

Thankful Turkey Soup

When the holidays come around, it’s not unusual for small quantities of leftover vegetables, herbs and even meats to start to accumulate. Why not use them in a main-dish meal for soup? Add shredded leftover turkey or chicken, and noodles to complete. (Progressive Farmer photo by Rachel Johnson)

Makes: 4–6 servings | Prep Time: 20 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil


½ small white onion, chopped


2 stalks celery, trimmed and chopped


1 cup diced carrots


1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs


2 teaspoons kosher salt


½ teaspoon black pepper


4 cups low-sodium chicken stock


1½ cups shredded leftover turkey or chicken (light and dark meat)


½ cup leftover vegetables


1 cup wide egg noodles

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil at medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until translucent. Add celery, carrots and chopped fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.


2. Add chicken stock to pot; bring to a simmer. Cover; cook 15 minutes or until carrots and celery are tender.


3. Stir in turkey or chicken, leftover vegetables and egg noodles. Simmer another 8 minutes, uncovered, or until noodles are done.