This delicious Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Soup with Vegetables recipe is the perfect way to use up shredded, cooked turkey and mashed potatoes. This soup is healthy and nourishing and ready in just about 30 minutes. Use your Instant Pot or the stovetop.

two bowls of turkey soup

If you’re like me, you have pounds of turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving, not to mention mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and more. Sure, you can always make a turkey sandwich, but that’s not the only way to use up leftover turkey.

I know you’re probably tired of cooking, so I promise this recipe is as easy as it gets. I’ve included both Instant Pot and stovetop directions for making this easy leftover turkey and vegetable soup.

The easiest way to use up your holiday leftovers is to dump it all into the Instant Pot to transform into a delicious, comforting soup that you can serve your family.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • You can use your pressure cooker or the stovetop to whip up a hearty soup for lunch or dinner on the days after a big holiday meal.
  • Use either fresh or pre-cooked vegetables in your soup. You can feel free to get creative with this recipe based on the leftovers from your holiday meal!
  • Mashed potatoes add so much creaminess and make this a balanced meal in one bowl.

Key Ingredients

Shredded cooked turkey is perfect for putting into the soup. You’ll need about 2-3 cups of shredded turkey (check out my Instant Pot Boneless Turkey Breast recipe).

Chopped onion, carrots, and zucchini make this a turkey vegetable soup and help to add texture. If you have leftover roasted vegetables from your Thanksgiving dinner, you can use those too.

Mashed potatoes take this soup to the next level in terms of creaminess and heartiness.

Broth helps bring the pot to pressure and makes this a soup. You can use chicken broth or vegetable broth. See my recipe for Instant Pot Vegetable Broth.

ingredients for turkey soup

Be sure to check out the complete, printable recipe at the end of this post.

Recipe Steps

As promised, this recipe is super easy. Since the turkey and mashed potatoes are already cooked, you really just have to cook the vegetables and then stir in the cooked ingredients.

Step One

Heat up some olive oil in an Instant Pot or in a large pot. Add the chopped veggies and sauté for a few minutes.

Step Two

Stir in the broth, turkey and mashed potatoes. Cook everything at high pressure in the Instant Pot for 2 minutes.

turkey soup inside instant pot

Step Three

Use the quick release to get rid of the pressure. I always recommend using an oven mitt when turning the valve from sealed to release to avoid getting burned by the steam.

Step Four

Carefully remove the lid. Use tongs to fish out the bay leaves to discard.

Serve the soup hot.

bowl of turkey soup

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can use either chicken broth or vegetable broth in this recipe.
  • If you prefer to use cooked roasted vegetables in this recipe, then skip the sauté step and simply include them with the turkey, broth and mashed potatoes. Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • STOVETOP directions: in a large pot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, turkey, and mashed potatoes and increase the heat to high. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, let the pot simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened and the turkey and mashed potatoes have warmed through. Remove the bay leaves and serve the soup hot. 

Other Healthy Soup Recipes You Might Like

See my entire list of healthy soup recipes.

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Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Soup with Vegetables


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This delicious Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Soup with Vegetables recipe is the perfect way to use up shredded, cooked turkey. Use your Instant Pot or the stovetop. This soup is healthy and nourishing.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded turkey
  • 1 cup cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In the base of an Instant Pot or a large pot, heat up the olive oil using the sauté function.
  2. Add the carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cancel the sauté button and add the bay leaves, chicken broth, shredded turkey, mashed potatoes, sea salt, and black pepper. Lock on the lid and set the time to 2 minutes on high pressure.
  4. When the cooking time is complete, use the quick release to get rid of the pressure. (I always recommend using an oven mitt when turning the valve from sealed to release to avoid getting burned with the steam). 
  5. Remove the lid and use tongs to fish out the bay leaves and discard.
  6. Serve the soup hot.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
  2. If you prefer to use cooked vegetables, then skip the sauté step and simply include them with the turkey, broth and mashed potatoes. Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes.
  3. STOVETOP directions: in a large pot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves, turkey, and mashed potatoes and increase the heat to high. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, let the pot simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened and the turkey and mashed potatoes have warmed through. Remove the bay leaves and serve the soup hot. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot or stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thanksgiving

Keywords: leftover turkey soup, leftover turkey ideas, thanksgiving turkey soup

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