5 from 2 votes
Turkey Orzo Soup One Pot
Turkey Orzo Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This one pot turkey orzo soup is a great idea for using all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It is easy, delicious, and comforting.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey soups, turkey orzo soup
Servings: 6 people
Author: Tania
  • Olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon or less dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian seasoning)
  • 6 to 7 cups chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups cooked leftover turkey breast, cubed or shredded (not deli turkey)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A handful of Italian parsley
  • 1 lemon (optional)
  1. Heat about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Sauté garlic, onion, carrots and celery until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Add thyme and dried oregano. Cook for another minute until fragrant, stirring.

  2. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then, add shredded turkey and the uncooked orzo. Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, half-covered or uncovered, until orzo is tender or cooked to taste. Optional: add some water and simmer if you think the broth is too strong (it depends on which brand of broth you use).

  3. Remove from heat. Add freshly chopped Italian parsley. If desired, serve with a lemon wedge on the side, it adds brightness to the soup. Enjoy!

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