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Instant Pot Turkey Soup

Instant Pot Turkey Soup is a delightfully cozy entreé to serve on an autumn evening using your leftover Thanksgiving turkey! It’s a great way to provide comfort food for the whole family with an instant pot recipe!

turkey soup in a white bowl.

Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are one of the best parts of the holiday leftovers!

This recipe is a delicious way to use your leftover turkey after all of the festivities are over and you will want to add it to your easy instant pot recipes!

Instant pot turkey soup recipe is delicious served with my Simple Sourdough Focaccia Bread or Healthy Sourdough French Bread!

If you would like to make your own sourdough starter, try my dry sourdough starter!

What is Instant Pot Turkey Soup?

Instant Pot Turkey Soup is a hearty soup that will warm you from the comfort of your own home.

It is loaded with healthy vegetables, noodles, spices, herbs, and leftover turkey meat.

The soup can be used as a filling lunch or dinner for your family and any guests that might still be in town for Thanksgiving. 

turkey soup in a white bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • There’s something comforting about a homemade soup, especially on chilly fall days.
  • Most people love leftovers served in delicious new ways! Turkey soup is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.
  • You can be creative with turkey noodle soup by adding or substituting different ingredients.
  • This comforting soup is an easy way to make quick meals for your family.

Tell Me About Instant Pot Turkey Soup

  • Taste- This turkey noodle soup tastes savory by using just the right blend of herbs and spices.
  • Texture- Tender turkey, noodles, and vegetables create chunky mouthfuls of goodness!
  • Ease- Since you’re using leftover turkey, all you have to do is chop a few ingredients and then add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. It’s very simple!
  • Time- You will spend around 10-15 minutes of prep time, and a little over 30 minutes total to cook it.
turkey soup in a white bowl cooked in the instant pot.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Turkey Soup

  • Olive Oil– Olive oil in this recipe is used to sauté the vegetables. It is known to be a better oil for your health than vegetable oil, canola oil, or other oils. Avocado oil is another good choice of oil to cook with.
  • Onion– You can use yellow or white onions to flavor your soup.
  • Carrots– The carrots are sautéd first to make them more tender. Carrots contain many vitamins and other health benefits!
  • Celery Stalks– Celery adds a wonderful flavor to soups! Again, it contains several different vitamins and minerals!
  • Cloves of garlic– Garlic cloves always make everything taste more delicious! 
  • Dried Sage– This herb contains vitamins and antioxidants. It is often used to flavor the Thanksgiving stuffing!
  • Dried Rosemary– This herb is often used to flavor meats, beans, breads, and potatoes.
  • Dried Thyme– Thyme has a distinct smell and taste and is used to flavor foods.
  • Dried Parsley– Parsley has a subdued flavor on its own and helps bring out the flavor of other seasonings.
  • Sea Salt– Salt adds flavor, but also brings out the taste of the other ingredients in the recipe. You can also use kosher salt.
  • Black Pepper– Pepper is a great flavor enhancer!
  • Chicken Broth– Chicken broth is the basis for the liquid part of the soup. You can either buy or make your own chicken stock or turkey stock. Stock is made from the bones, or carcass, of the poultry, whereas broth is made from meat and vegetables. Bone broth is very good for you!
  • Uncooked Egg Noodles– Egg noodles are made from egg and flour. However, you can buy gluten free egg noodles as well.
  • Chopped Cooked Turkey– This is where the turkey breast leftovers come in handy to make the Instant Pot Turkey Soup recipe. You can use both the white and dark meat.
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Add-Ins for Instant Pot Turkey Soup

  • Cilantro- This is an herb with a somewhat citrusy lemon flavor.
  • Lemon Juice- If you like Mediterranean foods, lemon juice adds a Mediterranean taste to your soup.
  • Red Pepper Flakes- Add this ingredient to your soup if you like it to be a little more spicy!
  • Spinach- Loaded with healthy vitamins, spinach also adds color to your recipe.
  • Kale- More bitter than spinach, kale can also add color to your soup. It has a more firm leaf than spinach, so it may not be as tender when cooked. 
  • Peas- Peas actually have multiple health benefits!
  • Green Beans- Green beans add color, flavor, and texture to soup recipes!
  • Potatoes- Yukon Gold potatoes are good to use in a soup. Russet potatoes are starchier and can thicken your soup. They also tend to break down.
  • Heavy Cream- If you like a creamy soup, add ¼ to ½ cup of heavy cream and stir it in.

Tips for Making Instant Pot Turkey Soup

  • Making turkey noodle soup in the instant pot is much quicker than the slow cooker. 
  • The noodles can be cooked separately for those who don’t care for noodles.

Make Instant Pot Turkey Soup in 3 Easy Steps

  1. First, in your instant pot, sauté the onions in olive oil, then sauté the carrots and celery before adding the seasonings.
  2. Add your chicken broth and cook according to the recipe directions.
  3. During the pressure release on the instant pot, cook your egg noodles in a separate pot, and then add the noodles and turkey to the instant pot to warm them. Enjoy!
turkey soup in a white bowl.

Can Turkey Soup Be Made in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, this delicious soup can also be made in the slow cooker. Add the turkey and the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker, except for the noodles.

Just cook it on low for about 6 hours, or on high for about 3 hours. The vegetables should be tender but not mushy.

Increase the temperature to the high setting and cook the noodles in the slow cooker until they are tender.

It will probably take around 15 minutes for the noodles to be ready. This perfect soup can also be made on the stove top in a large pot.

turkey soup in a white bowl.

Substitutions for Instant Pot Turkey Soup

  • Brown Rice- You may use brown rice instead of the egg noodles in the recipe. Cook it with the other ingredients so that it absorbs the flavor of the soup.
  • Chicken- If you do not have Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, chicken is a wonderful substitute. You can use white or dark meat. If you’re rushed for time and are unable to cook the chicken, you can use rotisserie chicken from the store.
  • Elbow Macaroni- Kids like the shape of elbow macaroni, so this pasta can be used instead of the egg noodles. 
  • Garlic Powder- If you do not have garlic gloves, you can use garlic powder instead. Use ¼ of a teaspoon of garlic powder to equal one clove of garlic.

How Do You Store Instant Pot Turkey Soup?

Your leftover soup can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

If you would like to freeze the soup, keep the noodles separate from the soup as they tend to get mushy after thawing. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you freeze the turkey soup, how do you thaw it?

Take the frozen soup out of the freezer the night before and thaw it overnight in the fridge. After it thaws, you can reheat it on the stove the next day.

What is a good side dish to serve with turkey noodle soup?

Turkey Noodle Soup and a fresh green salad or Caesar salad taste great together. Also, soup always pairs well with freshly baked bread. 

Can you use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs in the soup?

Yes, you can use either dried or fresh herbs!

Instant Pot Turkey Soup Recipe

turkey soup in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Turkey Soup Recipe

Liz Quick
Instant Pot Turkey Soup is a delightfully cozy entreé to serve on an autumn evening using your leftover Thanksgiving turkey! It’s a great way to provide comfort food for the whole family with an instant pot recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 Instant Pot


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 4 cups chopped cooked turkey


  • Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode. Add the olive oil. Stir in the onions and cook until translucent and fragrant, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and celery, and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in the seasonings: garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth. Set the Instant Pot to High pressure on Manual mode. Set the time to 5 minutes. Give the instant pot time to come to pressure. It will start when it’s to pressure and count down from 5 minutes.
  • Once the 5 minutes is done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, release the pressure manually by switching the vent switch on top of the instant pot to “venting.” Be sure to have a towel over it so you don’t get scalded or your cabinets drenched in steam.
  • While the pressure releases, cook your egg noodles in a pot on your stove according to the package directions. Drain the noodles once cooked.
  • Add the noodles and turkey to the instant pot and warm them.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and enjoy!


  • Making turkey noodle soup in the instant pot is much quicker than the slow cooker. 
  • The noodles can be cooked separately for those who don’t care for noodles.
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