Got Turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving? Make Turkey Pot Pie Soup!

Every Thanksgiving, I’m left with a ton of turkey. I usually make things like turkey pot pie and sandwiches out of it.

This year my mother in law called and asked if we really needed a turkey if only a few of us actually ate turkey.


I almost shouted into the phone. I’m so adamant about getting a turkey because I love, love, love making broth with the carcass.

Turkey broth is one of my favorites, but I only get to make it once a year. And I’m not about to give that up. For a recipe check out my post on how to make bone broth.

Anyway, so I’m racking my brain trying to think of what the hell to make with the massive amount of leftover turkey meat I have.

I made paleo & grain free turkey tacos, I made turkey salad. So I head to the fridge and realize I’ve also got a ton of leftover celery, carrots, cream, onions, fresh sage, and fresh thyme.

A comforting Thanksgiving soup was born. It’s basically turkey pot pie soup. I didn’t have peas on hand but you can add those too!

Why this recipe for Turkey Pot Pie Soup works:

  • It’s filled with good protein and fiber-rich veggies, making it a healthy and nourishing meal.
  • You might already have all the necessary ingredients in your fridge!
  • The combination of bone broth and cream (or coconut cream) lends this turkey pot pie soup a wonderful creaminess without being too rich and heavy!

Variations on this recipe:

  • Make this a chicken pot pie soup by adding shredded leftover roasted chicken.
  • Feel free to use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes.
  • If you cannot find fresh sage, add savory, marjoram, or rosemary instead.


Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Turkey Pot Pie Soup


  • 3.5 cups bone broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream (raw and grass-fed or use coconut cream)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 carrots, slices
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 small peeled potato, diced
  • one onion, diced
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 5 sage leaves, chopped, about 1 tbsp
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • 1 tsp of dried sage
  • optional: top with parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a big pot.
  2. Add the onions, carrots, potato and celery.
  3. Let cook until onions are soft.
  4. Add the broth and cover the pot, letting it simmer for about twenty minutes, or until the carrots have softened.
  5. Add the turkey and herbs.
  6. Let them heat through.
  7. Add the cream last.
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Turkey Pot Pie Soup - great for Thanksgiving leftovers! Easy lunch or dinner recipe! Paleo and gluten-free!


  1. My very very favorite way to make yummy soup with leftover turkey is to add some of the gravy to the bone broth with all the other goodies. Give it a try next time.

    This looks delicious!

  2. Super easy to put together and quick BUT I substituted coconut cream for the heavy cream and YIKES….NOT GOOD! Definitely don’t use coconut cream for a substitute.

  3. I usually have a difficult time getting my husband to try new things. I made this soup after making up a batch of turkey stock, and disappeared to do projects for a couple of days. My husband told me he has eaten the soup 3 times! I was lucky to get even a bowl! It was yummy! Thank you

  4. Has anyone used a substitute for the butter? I can’t have any dairy (so also no ghee).

    • dani Reply

      Whichever oil you prefer for cooking. Maybe olive oil as coconut would add too much unwanted flavor to the soup.

    • dani Reply

      I would cook the quinoa separately, and add it to your bowl, then spoon the soup over. Sounds good!

  5. I’m wondering how this is paleo? As the true paleo diet does not allow potatoes nor dairy?

    • dani Reply

      You’re right, it’s not paleo. But it is made-from-scratch and delicious!

  6. My family loves soup but my kids never like the same ones. This is a soup that my WHOLE family LOVES! I’ve made it 5 times in the last month, and we’re not sick of it. I’ve taken it to parties and everyone asks for the recipe. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

    • dani Reply

      Thanks! I love when we find a meal everyone will eat without complaints.

  7. Found this recipe last year and made it a lot.Have my bone broth cooking now to making this on Sunday. Can’t wait! Absolutely love it! My mouth is now watering. Lol

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