Leftover Turkey Soup

Combine your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and gravy with white rice and plenty of veggies in this light but filling soup.

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Leftover Turkey Soup

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings SERVES 4-6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1 cup Minute® White Rice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped turkey
  • 1 cup turkey gravy
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • baguette slices, for serving (optional)


  • Made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and Minute® Instant White Rice, this turkey and rice soup is a comforting dish that will warm you up from head to toe.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Sauté carrots, celery, onion, garlic, sage, salt and pepper for 3-5 minutes, or until softened.

    Step 3

  • Stir in broth and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Stir in turkey and gravy. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender.

    Step 4

  • Stir in rice and peas. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until rice is heated through and peas are cooked.

    Step 4

  • Remove bay leaves. Serve soup with baguette slices, if using.

    Recipe Tip
    For a fancier presentation, garnish the soup with finely chopped fresh parsley or chives.

Lighten your Load

When it comes to leftovers from a Thanksgiving feast, there are only so many turkey sandwiches a person can eat! Plus, after feasting for days, you probably crave lighter dishes. Lighten up by using your leftovers in this turkey and rice soup. Made with an assortment of veggies, gravy, and plenty of turkey, it’s a delicious alternative to usual post-Thanksgiving fare.

If you’re looking for a heartier option, you’ll want to try our comforting Leftover Turkey and Rice Enchiladas topped with creamy gravy, melty cheese and a touch of tangy cranberry sauce.

We’re experts at Repurposing Thanksgiving Leftovers! Visit our guide to learn some top tips. No leftovers? No problem! Simply get creative and use our Ready to Serve Rice in simple dishes like our Microwave Egg Fried Rice.

Zero Waste

This recipe may require a bit of time, but trust us when we say it’s worth it! Don’t let any part of the turkey go to waste. Try your hand at making homemade turkey broth by using the leftover bones. Simply break the carcass apart into smaller pieces and cover with water. Add in salt to taste and let it simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the broth is flavorful.

Looking for a new dinner idea? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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