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Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup

I was honored when my fireman son-in-law asked to add this recipe to their firehouse cookbook. You can prepare parts of this turkey soup ahead of time and then assemble when ready. Serve with crispy whole-grain crackers. —Carol Perkins, Washington, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup uncooked kluski or other egg noodles
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute carrot and celery until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth, cream and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in noodles. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until noodles are al dente, 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients; cook and stir until turkey is heated through and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 285 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • readerboehm
    Dec 22, 2020

    Add 1 leek for onion flavor. 1.5x the broth the extra .5 cup at the end to loosen soup up a bit. Only do 1 c of cheese and 1 tsp salt.

  • cynandtom
    Dec 21, 2020

    The only change I made was using broken linguine! So simple and so delicious! This is going to be a new go to, after Thanksgiving dish.

  • conneran1
    Dec 1, 2020

    The soup was very good. Next time I might eliminate the cheese, or use less.

  • Cathy
    Nov 27, 2020

    That is was a delish soup!! Perfect for after thanksgiving on a cold windy day!! Cathy

  • wintermom9597
    Oct 16, 2020

    I made just a couple of changes - I added diced onion and I used 1 cup half and half instead of 1/2 cup of 2% milk because I only have skim on hand and I used chicken instead of turkey, again because that's what I had. A good Wisconsin sharp white Cheddar was perfect. Loved this quick, easy soup and will make it again.

  • Denise
    Apr 18, 2020

    This soup is so good and easy to make, I followed the recipe but made a few modifications. I only had 1% milk and fat free 1/2 n 1/2, I also added 1 1/2 cups of egg noodles, cooking the noodles in the soup vs separately definitely helps to thicken the soup. I used turkey stock that I had on hand. You could easily substitute rice although you might have to play around with the amount added. I plan to try adding some corn and peas the next time I make this. Definitely a recipe to try!

  • Barbara
    Mar 30, 2020

    This soup is wonderful. I did make a few changes which I feel make the recipe work better. I put my carrot in the food proccessor and chopped it very fine. It was much easier than trying to get carrots thin enough to saute. I also used celery seed instead of celery. I hate having to buy celery and having leftover stalks. Even when you can buy a small amount, there is some left and I can't chew it and my husband doesn't like raw celery. The celery seed still gives it that celery flavor. I just put it and the finely chopped carrots in after I have mixed the flour with the butter before I add the chicken broth and milk. I also found that it was much easier to cook the pasta ahead of time. It calls for uncooked pasta and it takes forever for the pasta to cook. The soup still thickens up and once that is ready you just add the pasta, cheese and turkey. It works well with chicken too. By making these changes it doesn't take as long to make. We love this soup and have made it several times during the colder months. Barbara

  • Doreen
    Jan 21, 2019

    So good! I used fat free half

  • Grammy Debbie
    Nov 11, 2017

    From one Missouri cook to another, this was delicious! I added a little chopped onion along with the carrots and celery and I didn't have carrots to shred, so I just added about half a bag of frozen carrots (sliced) in with the celery and onion. So good and very easy to make.

  • danielleylee
    Mar 22, 2017

    We made this tonight with leftover turkey breast that we roasted in the slow cooker with thyme. We did not use the butter nor the cheese in this recipe and we only had skim milk on hand so no half and half only skim milk for cream. It was nice and light and had good flavor.