Spicy White Bean & Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

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This tasty Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe which has a spicy kick is a great way to use up your holiday leftovers. White beans and an assortment of fresh vegetables go into the soup for a hearty and delicious dish.

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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

The looming question on everyone’s minds after the holidays is what to do with the leftover turkey. So if you are looking for a leftover turkey soup recipe that is packed with flavor, this is it!

This turkey and bean soup is quite simple to make and smells so good while it is bubbling away on the stove.

Cayenne pepper and fresh jalapeño peppers gives the soup a spicy kick which warms you all the way through. And the addition of beans, along with vegetables, and of course the turkey, makes this a filling soup to enjoy on a cold winter day.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may already have some of the ingredients for this recipe – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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  • Cooked Turkey – time to use those holiday leftovers!
  • Fresh Produce – onion, leek, carrots, jalapeño pepper, garlic, baby spinach, parsley.
  • Bay Leaves
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepperadds a spicy kick! You can adjust the levels to your personal spice tolerance!
  • Chicken Stockstore-bought or homemade.
  • Canned Cannellini Beans
  • Parmesan Cheese Rind – every time you use up a block of Parmesan, toss the rind in the freezer to pull out and use to add flavor to soups and stews. You’ll also need Parmesan shavings as (an optional) garnish.

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Leftover Turkey Soup - A Hearty & Filling Recipe

How Do I Make Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe?

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Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup with White Beans

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This tasty Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe which has a spicy kick is a great way to use up your holiday leftovers!


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large leek, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3"/6cm Parmesan cheese rind
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 (15-oz / 400g) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
  • 2 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped

Optional Garnish

  • Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, then add garlic, onion, leeks, carrots, and jalapeño.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft and develop a bit of color, approximately 6 - 8 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Add bay leaves, dried herbs, and cayenne pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock, Parmesan rind, water, and cannellini beans to the pot.
  5. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a rolling boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Add shredded turkey and spinach to the pot and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the spinach wilts and the turkey is heated through.
  7. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  9. Serve immediately with some shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
  10. Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 705mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

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