Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too!

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

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Turkey time is coming which means leftover turkey time is coming! Leftovers are almost even more amazing than the actual main event on Thanksgiving. I’m all about a good sandwich, but there is something to be said for a comforting, warm bowl of soup. You can snuggle up with a blanket and a mug of soup while everyone else is Black Friday shopping. I’m not a huge fan of big crowds so I prefer a leisurely relaxed morning. If you’re a Black Friday shopper, this soup will be the perfect thing to relax with when you get home. It doesn’t take long to make, and the warm, smooth creamy base will help you relax after battling crowds for that great deal on a TV.

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

This soup comes together quickly – all you have to do is dice some vegetables, mince some herbs, and stand over a nice warm stove for a little while. The quinoa cooks right in the soup so you only need to make one pan dirty. It’s great leftover too. Leftovers of leftovers – less cooking for you.

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PS: If you don’t have leftover turkey for this creamy turkey soup with quinoa, it works great with chicken too. Maybe if you have some frozen, cooked chicken breasts? I’ve made it with a rotisserie chicken too – it’s perfect!

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa

This Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa is easy to make and is a healthy and hearty way to repurpose leftover turkey. It tastes great when you make it with chicken too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced (a heaping cup)
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 6 cups diced leftover turkey
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 large fresh sage leaves (2 teaspoons minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups no salt added chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • milk or water as necessary to thin soup

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add turkey, parsley, sage, thyme, chicken stock, and water. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa and stir. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer rapidly until quinoa is cooked – 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You should see “tails” appear on the quinoa.
  3. Remove from heat and slowly add milk while stirring soup. Return to low heat to reheat if needed. If desired, use more milk or water to achieve a thinner soup. We love it thick!
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Verdict: Love this soup. It’s flavorful, creamy, warm (obviously), and it warmed my soul. It hit the spot on a cool fall night.
Husband’s take: He loved this soup too! He’s typically not a fan of creamy soups but this one has a lighter, thinner base – it’s not thick like some cream soups are. It’s a nice balance.
Changes I would make: None are necessary!
Difficulty: Easy!

Creamy Turkey Soup with Quinoa Nutrition Information

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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9 comments

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  2. My parents always buy a huge turkey that could feed a small army and we always have tons of leftovers!! Id love to make this delicious soup with the leftovers!

  3. I was starting to panic that my turkey wasn’t big enough this year because I love turkey leftovers so much! So I bought an extra turkey breast just in case. :) This soup looks so delicious, love the addition of quinoa!

  4. I love this so much – healthy and creamy – perfect for soup season!

  5. This soup simply makes me happy. Leftovers are my most favorite part of Thanksgiving! So making this.

  6. I love turkey leftovers! We out for Thanksgiving and later in the week buy and cook our own turkey. Best of both worlds.

  7. Yum! This looks perfect for my leftover turkey taking up all the room in my fridge!

  8. Love how easy this soup looks. And how creamy is it too. It reminds me of Minnesota comfort food. :)

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