Turkey Florentine Soup Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Turkey Florentine Soup is a great way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. And a wonderful, healthy meal after the holiday.

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If you have leftovers, this turkey Florentine soup will be the perfect meal to make following the days of your Thanksgiving dinner. This soup is hearty but  healthy. It’s easy to make and a great meal to eat in between your holiday shopping. It’s one of those things that tastes even better after being heated in a microwave.

Thinking back to when I was a child, I remember Thanksgiving dinner being an all- day event. I come from an Italian family and we started eating dinner at about 1 pm. First we had an antipasto. Then it was time for a pasta course. Next was the turkey, sausage stuffing and other sides. Dessert came a little later and included cookies and five different pies with coffee.

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I remember the big feast well, but the thing I remember most is that no one ate much of the turkey at dinner. The turkey was revisited again later that night and the next day in the form of sandwiches and soup. 

I carried on the tradition by always purchasing the biggest turkey I can find. Usually it weighs over 20 pounds. Everyone, including me, eats very little turkey on the actual Thanksgiving day. We start dinner with plenty of appetizers such as smoked salmon dip, shrimp cocktail, and cheese and crackers. There is always a big antipasto and fresh bread.

We never forget the sides. The sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy and creamed corn are some of my favorite parts of the meal. The huge turkey is almost intact after everyone is finished eating.

But we all look forward to the leftovers. Turkey tastes great in a soup, sandwich or salad the next day. So I make sure to always cook a huge turkey because there is something traditional about eating turkey for the next few days.

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Turkey soup is not the only thing I make with the leftovers. Spicy turkey wraps are perfect for lunch and I like to use my leftover antipasto along with the turkey in a chopped salad. Leftover turkey can be used in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken.

The nice thing about turkey soup is that you can make it and freeze it for another time. If you are going to freeze it, it’s best to leave out the orzo and cook that when heating up the frozen soup.

For more leftover turkey inspiration, see what the Pioneer Woman does with her Thanksgiving leftoversWhat's your favorite way to use your leftover turkey?

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Turkey Florentine Soup Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 8 cups Chicken Stock, Or turkey stock, plus extra if needed
  • 1 1/2 cups Baby Carrots, Thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Chopped Frozen Spinach
  • 1 cup Orzo Pasta, Uncooked
  • 2 cups Shredded Cooked Turkey
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste


  1. Bring the stock, and carrots to a simmer in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the spinach and orzo. Cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until orzo is tender.
  3. Mix the turkey into the soup and stir until well heated. Add extra broth to thin out the soup if necessary.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. 


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 17
Calories 150

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 1111mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 18g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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