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Leftover Turkey and Tortellini Soup

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Wondering what to do with your leftover turkey this year? Then you need to try this delicious turkey and tortellini soup recipe ideal for using it up. We tried this for the first time last year and the kids loved it. I also found it really easy to make and the kids loved the cheesy tortellini with it. So if you too are looking for new recipes to try with your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey then you have to try these Turkey and Tortellini Soup recipe this year.

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How to Shred your Turkey!

a bowl of leftover turkey chopped up from Christmas dinner

One of the questions we are often asked is how we go about shredding the turkey for our leftover turkey recipes. It’s really easy to do and although you can do it by hand with a couple of forks the simplest way is with your food mixer.

Put your cooked turkey in the bowl and then with the beater in place shred the turkey for about 30 seconds until you have the consistency that you like. It can then be used to create some of the recipes like this cheesy tortellini turkey soup or the others shared below the recipe.

Leftover Turkey Soup with Tortellini

Once you have your shredded turkey (the easy way) it’s time to use it in this turkey soup. The turkey stock could be made with your leftover turkey carcass if you are feeling up to it. If not then some can be made up from a stock cube easily.

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a bowl of leftover turkey soup with cheese tortellini on a dark cloth

We’ve used cheese tortellini in this recipe as it’s our favourite, but you could use your own favourite filling of tortellini. Just follow the instructions for cooking it but as a rough guide the best way to check that it is done is when it floats to the top of the soup.

top down view of a leftover turkey soup with cheese tortellini in a bowl with a spoon in on a table with a navy towel behind

Delicious Leftover Turkey and Tortellini Soup

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A delicious recipe for your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. Shred and make into a tasty Turkey Tortellini Soup.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 6 cups turkey stock (or chicken broth)
  • 3 cups turkey (shredded)
  • 9 oz cheese tortellini
  • 3 oz spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)


  1. Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Then add the crushed garlic and cook for another minute, stirring often to prevent it from burning.
  4. Pour in the turkey stock and place the shredded turkey in the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the tortellini and cook according to the instructions normally about 5 - 7 minutes, you'll know it's done when the pasta floats.
  7. Stir in the spinach and pepper.
  8. Serve warm topped with parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 37g

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Other Recipes to Cook with your Leftover Turkey

Looking for more recipes to use up your leftover turkey then check these ones below.

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