Creamy Turkey Soup In Bread Bowls

This creamy turkey soup recipe is a delicious way to use up leftover turkey after a holiday feast. This homemade turkey soup is so simple to throw together, you and your family are going to love it. Want to add a little extra pizazz to the meal? Serve it in a bread bowl.

Creamy turkey soup recipe

Creamy Turkey Soup In Bread Bowls

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I think we can all agree that turkey dinner is a wonderful thing. It produces a massive feast with days worth of leftovers. That being said, the same old thing day after day gets a little old. That’s why I’m thrilled to share this recipe for Creamy Turkey Soup In a Bread Bowl. It’s delicious and a fabulous way to mix things up and use up leftovers, without the “leftovers”.

homemade turkey soup in a bread bowl with carrots and celery

Growing up my turkey soups were either turkey noodle or turkey rice soup. So making this creamy turkey soup was a fun change.

Gluten Free Creamy Turkey Soup

creamy turkey stew recipe

You can make this cream of turkey soup recipe gluten free by doing the following:

  • Swapping all purpose flour for a gluten free flour (I used arrowroot powder).
  • Swap the bread bowls for a gluten free variety, or skip the bread bowls all together (but that’s no fun).

What Bread to Use for Bread Bowls

When choosing a bread for bread bowls, look for a firm bread. You don’t want something too soft that will dissolve or not hold the soup.

For this recipe, I used sourdough buns but here are a few other options:

  • Rye
  • Italian rounds
  • Pretzel buns

Sourdough bread bowl

How to make a bread bowl:

  • Slice the top off of a bun.
  • Scoop some of the insides of the bun/roll out (not all, you want to leave a wall).
  • I leave a thick wall to support the soup. Simply squeeze it together to make it a little more sturdy.

Creamy Turkey Stew

Randa’s Tip: Use the full turkey and boil down the carcass and vegetable scraps to make a turkey broth. If you don’t have any on hand, chicken broth works just as well.

How to Make Turkey Soup

The base to a delicious creamy turkey soup

I recently learned that most soup recipes should start with carrots, celery, and onion. It’s called a mirepoix Something about the aromatics (honestly, I don’t remember – give it a Google) that makes the soup amazing.

Thankfully this base is a staple with chicken and turkey soups so I was already in the habit.

A mirepoix ration is 2:1:1 in the order of onions, carrots, and celery.

What Spices Go in Homemade Turkey Soup?

In this homemade creamy turkey soup recipe, I used fresh rosemary and dried thyme.

Those spices are what I had on hand and I knew that they blended well with turkey.

Other spices that go in turkey soup are:

Fresh is always best, but if you don’t have any – that’s fine too.

Over head look of 6 sourdough buns hollowed out and filled with a homemade, creamy, turkey soup

Supplies and ingredients needed for this cream turkey soup recipe

  • Butter
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • All purpose flour (or arrowroot powder for gluten-free)
  • Chicken broth
  • Turkey breast
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 sourdough buns (or gluten free buns for a gluten free meal)

Creamy turkey stew in a bread bowl

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Creamy Turkey Soup

This creamy turkey soup recipe is a delicious way to use up leftover turkey after a holiday feast. This homemade turkey soup is so simple to throw together, you and your family are going to love it. Want to add a little extra pizazz to the meal? Serve it in a bread bowl.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy turkey soup, turkey leftovers, turkey soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 217kcal


  • 2-3 tbsps butter ghee or coconut oil if dairy free
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • 2 tbsps all purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream coconut milk if dairy free
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 10 sourdough bread buns or gluten free buns


For the creamy turkey soup

  • In a large stockpot heat the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Saute until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, potatoes, rosemary, and thyme. Stir until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Sprinkle the flour (or arrowroot powder if gluten free) over the vegetables and stir.
  • Add the chicken broth (or leftover turkey stock), leftover turkey breasts, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes.
  • Add cream, heat through, taste and adjust seasonings.

For the bread bowls

  • Slice the top off of the sourdough buns and scoop out the inside. Don't take out too much as you want some support for the soup. I recommend taking out half the bread, then pushing the rest down to form a barrier.
  • Ladle the soup into the bowls. Enjoy!


Weight Watchers Freestyle Points: 5 (for soup only).


Serving: 1bowl (no bun) | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.6g | Protein: 19.5g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 69.6mg | Sodium: 915.4mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 3.3g
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