Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Turkey Orzo Soup

This Turkey Orzo Soup is a perfect use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Try substituting Sunday’s leftover roasted chicken too!

 This Turkey Orzo Soup is a perfect use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Try substituting Sunday's leftover roasted chicken too!


I love that the cooler weather is approaching. It means more soup like this Turkey Orzo Soup. I will purposely buy a whole turkey or just the breast and roast it on a Sunday afternoon, knowing that I will almost always have leftovers.
 turkey orzo soup closeup
The recipe below calls for chicken or vegetable broth; however, I’ve also used homemade turkey stock made from boiling the carcass with some onions, celery and carrots after all the meat has been carved from the bone. This soup is simple to make and really warms you from the inside out on a cool day.

Turkey Orzo Soup

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3.43 from 19 votes
Turkey Orzo Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This Turkey Orzo Soup is a perfect use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Course: Soup
Servings: 7
Calories: 91 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1 c . Carrots, small dice
  • 1/4 c . Red Onion, small dice
  • 2 Stalks Celery, small dice =
  • 1 tbs . Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp . Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 c . Cooked Turkey, chopped
  • 4 c . Chicken Broth
  • 2 c . Water
  • 1/2 c . Orzo
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over low heat; then add in the carrots, onion and celery. Allow the vegetables to sweat and soften for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the parsley, turkey, broth, water and orzo. Mix well.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.2g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8.4g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 7.2g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    September 16, 2013 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I love turkey soup but I would really like some orzo soon (often hard to find at the grocery). The next time we find both turkey and orzo, this soup will be on the menu. I would freeze a turkey in anticipation of this recipe but we need a bigger freezer before I can start freezing anything in anticipation…sigh.

    • Carrie Farias
      September 17, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by. If you can’t find orzo, you can substitute any small pasta like ditalini or pastina or even rice. Enjoy!

  2. Kirsten
    September 18, 2013 at 3:27 am - Reply

    I’ve got orzo, now I need to get the turkey. Today I made a local meatball soup (I grew the celery, veggies from the farm share, shoot even the cow was from my neighbor’s friend’s farm so local) and I’m really thinking soup weather is here to stay.

    Thanks for a delicious looking recipe!

    • Carrie Farias
      September 23, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

      That sounds great too Kirsten and I think you’re right, soup weather is here to stay! 🙂

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