Spicy Leftover Turkey and White Bean Soup

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Anyone who prepares holiday turkey will have extra turkey leftovers that need using. Turkey sandwiches are awesome, but you can only eat so many of those. Plus in winter, a hot soup is always welcome, so this turkey and white bean soup with spinach, is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey.

Here, traditional egg noodles are replaced with white beans and an assortment of fresh vegetables for a
hearty and delicious dish.

Enjoy by itself for a light lunch or pair with a crisp, green side salad, like this easy wedge salad or the more exotic roasted fennel salad for a more complete meal. However you serve it up, this soup is a heartwarmer!

Turkey soup with white beans and spinach, topped with shaved parmesan cheese.

Spicy Leftover Turkey and White Bean Soup

This soothing turkey and white bean soup is a delicious, and nutritious comfort food.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine American


  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 large leek diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 t. dried parsley
  • 2 t. dried oregano
  • ½ t. cayenne pepper
  • 4 c. organic chicken stock
  • 3 ” Parmesan cheese rind
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 15- oz. cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 c. cooked turkey shredded
  • 2 c. baby spinach coarsely chopped

Optional Toppings:

  • Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley chopped


  • PREP VEGGIES according to description in ingredients list.
  • HEAT the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • ADD garlic, onion, leeks, carrots, and jalapeno.
  • 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.
  • HERBS & SPICES – Add bay leaves, dried herbs, and cayenne pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the herbs become fragrant.
  • BOIL – Add chicken stock, parmesan rind, water, and cannellini beans to the pot. Increase heat to high and bring the soup to a rolling boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, for ~20 minutes.
  • ADD shredded turkey to the pot and cook until heated for ~4 minutes, until meat is heated through.
  • STIR in chopped spinach, then…
  • REMOVE from heat. The spinach will well enough without over-cooking and destroying nutrients.
  • TWEAK seasonings, as desired. Serve immediately with some shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
  • We hope you enjoy this recipe! We'd love to hear how it turns out for you and to see any pictures you'd care to share.
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