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Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

This warming leftover turkey and wild rice soup is heart-healthy, chockfull of veggies, and eats like a meal. It’s the perfect way to use up your holiday leftovers!

Bowl of turkey and wild rice soup with a hunk of fresh bread.

Sauce pot full of wild rice and veggies.

Hand scooping up soup from pot with a ladle.

This soup! It eats like a meal, my friends. Get yourself some fresh bread (or make a loaf!) and set yourself up for a cozy fall dinner. One that uses up leftovers, at that.

My brothy dairy-free version of turkey and wild rice soup is a nourishing alternative to the rich and creamy sort. It’s a bit of a riff off of my soothing chicken and kale soup, which makes it great for kicking pesky colds as well!

Thanksgiving turkey was never my favorite part of the holiday dinner. (Until this one.) But the leftovers? I lived for them. I’d eat mayo-slathered turkey sandwiches at every meal for days, never growing tired of them. But of course, with age, eating mayo-slathered sandwiches in abundance isn’t exactly smart ;)

Aside from giving you a solid dose of protein and fiber, this soup is heart-healthy and chockfull of veggies. Carrots, celery, and onions are staples in a broth-based soup. I also threw in some baby spinach for a bit of extra nutrition and greenery. You could add peas, green beans, kale, white beans, and a variety of other veggies or legumes if you want; this soup has a flavor profile that’s open to flexibility.

I hope you’re enjoying soup season so far, and I hope you’ll add this to your rotation!

If you try this recipe or create your own variation, let me know in the comments! I love connecting with you. Then snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme to be featured in our newsletter.

A bowl of turkey and wild rice soup with slices of fresh bread.
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5 from 7 votes

Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Leftover Turkey, heart-healthy wild rice, and wholesome veggies make up this warming soup that eats like a meal.
Course Soup
Cuisine Comfort Food, Healthy
Keyword easy, healthy, soup, turkey, wild rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 handful of baby spinach, ribboned (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cups turkey stock chicken stock or vegetable broth also works.
  • 2 cups cooked cubed or shredded turkey
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon


  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the wild rice and toast it, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the onion, carrot, celery, salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. Stir well to combine and evenly distribute the seasoning. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Finally, add the garlic and spinach. Simmer for 2 minutes, or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the turkey stock to the sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the wild rice is fully cooked. (It should be tender and chewy.)
  • Once the rice is cooked, remove the sauce pan from the heat. Add the turkey, and stir in the fresh lemon juice.
  • Taste, and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Served best with fresh bread :)


  • Lisa
    October 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve always loved everything about Thanksgiving, from the turkey and stuffing to the endless leftovers… Your beautiful turkey and rice soup has just CATAPULTED to the top of my MUST MAKE list. And to heck with the consequences, I’m having it with a mayo-slathered turkey sandwich!

  • Marisa
    October 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    5 stars
    I’m all for soup season but not cold weather. I know you can’t have one without the other, unfortunately. I had a recipe similar to this one that I used to make all the time. With our move I lost it and I was trying to find one that was similar. I can’t wait to make this again.

  • Carmy
    October 5, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    5 stars
    Soup season is my favourite season! I love this turkey with wild rice soup – such a cozy and delicious way to use up leftovers (and trust me, we always have so much!). I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner but I’m looking forward to the leftovers!

  • Sarah
    October 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    5 stars
    Ooo.. I’m so ready for hearty soups like this! And you’re so right- turkey leftovers are usually better than turkey. (I feel the same way about rotisserie chicken!) I need to make this and freeze a bunch for flu season!!

  • Sandra Shaffer
    October 3, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    5 stars
    Right there with you…the best thing about Thanksgiving are the leftovers! In fact, I’ve been know to cook two turkeys just so leftovers are guaranteed! lol This soup will be devoured! Love the simple and flavorful ingredients you used in this recipe.

  • Tina
    October 3, 2019 at 10:02 am

    5 stars
    I am more excited about the leftovers too! Eating a turkey on TG day is almost anti-climatic, especially with all of those dirty dishes waiting for me. Saving this, it looks amazing and I want to try new after-TG recipes this year. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Gloria
    October 3, 2019 at 7:52 am

    5 stars
    YES to soup season. I do not like cold weather. I do like the comfort food that goes along with it. Hubby LOVES soup season. This looks so delicious. I would love to wrap my hands around a big mug of this.


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