Italian Turkey Tortellini Soup: An easy, flavorful leftover turkey recipe that’s full of warm and cozy comfort. A satisfying weeknight family meal, as well as a beautiful weekend meal with friends when served with crusty French bread and a glass of white wine.

bowl of tortellini soup with turkey and vegetables

Thanksgiving is late this year. Which makes many people jumpy, knowing they have less time than usual to enjoy the Christmas festivities that start once the Thanksgiving table has been cleared.

But I raise my hand, proud.

We set up the Christmas tree over the weekend, strung a few hundred lights, and hung the stockings above the fireplace. I’ll be baking a batch of soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies tomorrow, and making some chocolate peanut butter Ritz cookies by the end of the week. It’s the earliest we’ve ever officially kicked off the Christmas season in our home.

And it makes me HAPPY!!

The other happiness-inducing activity we did over the weekend was smoke a turkey. All 26.67 pounds of it.

Blake did a great job, as usual, tending to the bird on the Big Green Egg. We finished the final fall clean-up of the yard while it cooked. And then enjoyed a meal of tender smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, and the tastiest gravy (so wonderful using smoked turkey drippings!) that evening.

From the leftovers, we saved out another meal’s worth of turkey for the following day and froze the rest for later. I adore having smoked turkey in the freezer to make my Turkey Pot Pie Soup (we’ll be serving for Friendsgiving this year) and my nearly famous Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup. This Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes is also a longtime go-to.

And new to the scene, in the turkey soup department, is this Italian Turkey Tortellini Soup. It’s an easy, satisfying weeknight meal with family, as well as a beautiful weekend meal with friends when served with crusty French bread and a glass of white wine. This soup is warm and cozy comfort, through and through.

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Italian Turkey Tortellini Soup

If I served tortellini a couple times a week, our kids would high-five me every single time. They simply love those pillowy pastas stuffed with cheese – that are made even more light and pillowy when floating in a steaming pot of soup!

This turkey tortellini soup is kid-friendly and filled with so many good-for-you ingredients.

Why turkey?

  • Turkey is naturally low in fat and provides immune-boosting nutrients like iron, zinc and potassium.
  • It is naturally high in B vitamins, which help your body produce energy.
  • And it’s packed with lean protein to keep people feeling full longer. A single serving of turkey provides 50 percent of your daily value of lean protein.
fresh carrots, celery, garlic, spinach, and thyme on cutting board with chef's knife

This soup is also loaded with all kinds of freshness. Our girls especially like carrots, so I like to amp up the quantity for them. You’ll also find celery, garlic, spinach, and fresh thyme. Diced tomatoes from a can round out the veggies, nice and easy.

Psssst. Our daughters do not like spinach. But when it’s wilted down in hot soup, they always eat it and never complain. I can also sneak spinach into smoothies. Just thought I’d mention this, if you’re having the same issue at your house. :)

big pot of turkey tortellini soup

leftover turkey recipe

This is such a great recipe for turkey leftovers! Not only can you use the leftover turkey meat, but you can also make a homemade broth from the turkey carcass. But that’s totally not necessary. You can simply purchase turkey broth (or chicken broth) from the store if you like.

turkey tortellini soup in blue pottery bowl, with freshly grated Parmesan

I appreciate a soup that eats like a meal. With a good helping of Italian herbs, this flavorful, comforting soup is wonderful, wonderful on a chilly day.

Top individual bowls of soup with a healthy grating of Parmesan cheese. It’s a fun and delicious salty finish.

Thanksgiving Turkey 101

For those of you serving turkey for Thanksgiving, the National Turkey Federation is here to help. Find their Thanksgiving Turkey 101, full of great tips for gathering your friends and family around the table to enjoy some tender, juicy turkey.

You’ll find the best info for:

  • knowing how much turkey to purchase
  • thawing a frozen turkey properly (and speedily, if needed!)
  • stuffing a turkey
  • checking its temperature to know when it’s done – this instant read thermometer works GREAT!

Here are a few more Thanksgiving turkey recipes for you!

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Italian Turkey Tortellini Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy, flavorful leftover turkey recipe that's full of warm and cozy comfort. It's a satisfying weeknight family meal, as well as a beautiful weekend meal with friends when served with crusty French bread and a glass of white wine.


  • 8 c. turkey broth or chicken broth
  • 1 c. thinly sliced carrots (about 2 large)
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced celery (about 2 ribs)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
  • 2 c. diced or shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dried Italian herb mix
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 c. fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 (9 oz.) package refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring turkey broth to a simmer. Add carrots, celery, and garlic, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, turkey, Italian herb mix, black pepper, and simmer 10 more minutes. Taste test, and then add desired amount of kosher salt - as different broths, tomatoes, and turkey will have varying amounts of salt. Depending on your broth, if you are looking for a bit more flavor depth you could always add a little Turkey Better Than Bouillon.
  3. Turn heat up just a bit. Stir in tortellini and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook until tortellini is done.
  4. Serve immediately, garnishing individual servings with freshly grated Parmesan (I recommend this grater) - such a wonderfully tasty finishing touch!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 1418mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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