When you don't have much time but want a comforting soup with a lot of flavor and on the table in a hurry, this 15-Minute Creamy Turkey Potato Soup recipe is your answer!
This speedy turkey potato soup takes advantage of leftover turkey (or you can use chicken) and a few packages of one of my favorite store-bought convenience foods, instant potatoes! TA-DA! That's the key to this delicious and comforting soup being so speedy and creamy!
Today's creamy turkey soup recipe was born to use the leftover turkey I had after making this recipe for Brown Bag Roast Turkey twice in just a few weeks because it's that good!
- 🛒The ingredient list
- 🔔How this recipe came to be
- 🥄What makes this soup creamy without cream?
- ⏲️What makes this soup so quick to prepare?
- 📷The easy instructions
- 🧊Can this soup be frozen?
- 📅How long can this soup be stored in the refrigerator?
- 💡Can this be made vegetarian
- ✎Additional add-in suggestions for your soup loving enjoyment
- 🔗Here's a great recipe for chicken or turkey stock from scratch
- 📋Other recipes using leftover turkey
- Printable Recipe Card
🛒The ingredient list
*Please note that the exact measurements along with a new "shop the recipe" feature from Instacart is available in the printable recipe card.
🔔How this recipe came to be
After finally having a lot of leftover turkey from making my Brown Bag Roast Turkey recipe specifically for the blog (because I never have turkey leftovers on Thanksgiving), I wanted to come up with plenty of leftover turkey recipes that you'd also enjoy.
Naturally, soup came to mind.
I knew I also wanted to make something creamy and fast, something that would be similar to what you'd get at a local neighborhood restaurant. Nothing fancy, yet still delicious and very comforting.
This leftover turkey potato soup hits the spot in so many ways!!
🥄What makes this soup creamy without cream?
My surprise secret weapon (not secret at all) is packages of Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes that only require hot water to prepare and are incredibly delicious!!
⏲️What makes this soup so quick to prepare?
Once again, I revert back to my surprise secret weapon (discussed above) that gets this effortless and comforting turkey soup on the table in a matter of minutes but tastes as if you simmered it for hours!
📷The easy instructions
Heat 4 cups of chicken or turkey stock in a large soup pot. Have extra stock on hand if you like a thinner soup.
If previously frozen, thaw 2 cups of leftover turkey, or 2 cups of diced rotisserie chicken also works well.
Add the meat into the soup pot and bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile prepare 2 bags of Idahoan mashed potatoes (any variety) according to package directions in a saucepan.
Add the prepared mashed potatoes to the soup pot along with the stock and leftover turkey.
Bring the soup to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. If you prefer a thinner soup, add some additional broth or stock, if desired.
Taste the soup for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve hot with a garnish of fresh parsley and enjoy!
🧊Can this soup be frozen?
You bet! It freezes like a dream.
Add it to an air-tight freezer container and freeze for up to 4 months.
Thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it in a microwave or in a saucepan before serving.
📅How long can this soup be stored in the refrigerator?
Store this potato turkey soup in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
💡Can this be made vegetarian
If you'd like to make a vegetarian version of this soup you can easily substitute sautéed tofu for the turkey, and vegetable stock for the chicken or turkey stock.
You bet! It's a great alternative. Leftover chicken can also be used.
Sure thing. Doing so is as easy as 1-2-3!
Yes, and it would be delicious!!
Are kidding me? They'll LOVE it as there are no threatening vegetables lurking inside (unless you add them, of course).
Go for it!! As long as you have at least three-four cups, you're good to go!
✎Additional add-in suggestions for your soup loving enjoyment
- shredded cheese (you favorite variety)
- chopped scallions
- bacon bits
- oyster crackers
- red pepper flakes
- sautéed onions
- leftover or frozen broccoli
- frozen peas and carrots
- spinach or kale
- goldfish crackers
- leftover rice (your favorite variety)
- cooked pasta (a small variety like orzo)
- leftover stuffing (lets be bold and daring!)
🔗Here's a great recipe for chicken or turkey stock from scratch
Keep this delicious Herbed Organic Homemade Chicken (or turkey) Stock your fridge or freezer for all those lovely soups, stews, and comfort foods you'll be making now that fall (and soon to be winter) is officially upon us.
📋Other recipes using leftover turkey
I have several new ones in the works so please bookmark this page and come back and visit me again soon. Or better yet, sign up for my broadcast whenever a new post goes out, and also sign up for my featured weekly recipes.
One recipe I have coming up is for a Turkey Tetrazzini that's to-die-for, and another recipe is for a Turkey, Gruyere, and Bacon Grilled Cheese that you're not going to want to miss.
I hope I've whet your whistle...once again. It's what I like to do!! 🙂
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Printable Recipe Card
15 Minute Creamy Turkey Potato Soup
- 1 quart (4 cups) turkey or chicken stock (or broth) homemade or store-bought
- 2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken leftovers work great
- 2 bags (4.1 ounces each) Idahoan Baby Red Mashed Potatoes or your favorite variety
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional
- Bring the stock or broth (either is fine) to a simmer in a large soup pot.
- Make the potatoes (following the package directions) in a 3 quart saucepan.
- Add the leftover turkey to the simmering stock and then spoon in the prepared potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 10 minutes and garnish with fresh parsley before serving if desired.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's quick and easy potato soup recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
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