Creamy Poblano & Turkey Soup

Is your fridge loaded with Thanksgiving leftovers? This creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers will give your leftovers a sassy makeover with a little southwest flair. Not even the most anti-leftover eater could resist it!

Creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers #leftovers #soup #turkey

The biggest cooking day of the year is over, and I bet you could use a weekend off from cooking.

Yet, it seems there are always hungry mouths to feed, and about half of those mouths will turn up their noses to leftovers, even sacred Thanksgiving leftovers. So how do you use up your fridge full of food in a way no one will complain about?

You make creamy turkey soup with smoky poblano peppers.

This simple turkey soup recipe is so cozy, with a mild smoky heat from the poblano peppers. I used up our leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and even the orzo stuffing I made, in a unique and irresistible way.

The mashed potatoes thicken the soup base, making it creamy and inviting and the poblano peppers provide that extra something that makes this soup seem like a completely different meal than Thanksgiving dinner. And since most of the ingredients are already cooked, it takes very little time and effort to prepare. Score!

Now go relax while your soup simmers… You’ve earned it.

Easy Creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers #leftovers #soup #turkey

Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 3/4 cup  chopped onions
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 6 cups chicken (or turkey) stock
  • 3 cups roughly chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 cups cooked orzo (or 2 1/2 cups leftover orzo stuffing)
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place a large stock pot over medium-high heat and add the butter to the pot. Once the butter has melted, add the onions, poblano peppers and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the mashed potatoes to the pot and pour in the stock. Whisk to dissolve the mashed potatoes into the stock, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add the turkey and orzo stuffing and simmer another 5  minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
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168 comments on “Creamy Poblano & Turkey Soup

  1. Kateposted November 29, 2013 at 5:00 am Reply

    This looks great. I bet it would be great for applesauce with berries.

  2. Kelly Hendersonposted November 29, 2013 at 5:02 am Reply

    It is 5 am and I am getting ready to make our big dinner a day late. This recipe looks so good!

  3. debposted November 29, 2013 at 5:38 am Reply

    So…I’m thinking it’s a great day for soup!

  4. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmegposted November 29, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    This is a great way to use up leftovers..

  5. Rachel @ Twin Toughposted November 29, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    I’m pretty sure I would make some sort of berry compote in this gorgeous pot! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! :)

  6. Alison Millerposted November 29, 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    I would make jam….lots of jam!

  7. Tieghanposted November 29, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    This soup is GORGEOUS, Sommer! What a perfect way to use up those leftovers!

  8. Jeffreyposted November 29, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    I’d like to make a loaf of bread in the Dutch Oven.

    Fresh Berries, well I’d go with a rustic pie!

  9. Betsy Rposted November 29, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

    I would make the no knead bread recipe that I’ve had pinned for months and keep looking at! I really need a Dutch oven and I love Emile Henry

  10. lisaposted November 29, 2013 at 7:34 am Reply

    What a great idea, looks delicious!

  11. Ashley Bposted November 29, 2013 at 7:40 am Reply

    With my berries I would make my own jam/jelly. :)

  12. Betty Nposted November 29, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

    I’d make berry preserves.

  13. KLposted November 29, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

    a berry compote

  14. david owensposted November 29, 2013 at 8:16 am Reply

    We love to make soups.

  15. Toniposted November 29, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    I would cook the berries down some to make a topping for pancakes & waffles.

  16. Jeanetteposted November 29, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

    This sounds like comfort in a bowl – hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. Stephanieposted November 29, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply

    cobblers yum!

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted November 29, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply

    Great way to enjoy some leftover turkey!

  19. Linda K.posted November 29, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply

    Probably chili. Maybe mushroom soup. Yum.

  20. Imaneposted November 29, 2013 at 8:45 am Reply

    Great and delicious idea for soup and leftover

  21. Ginaposted November 29, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    I’m dying to get one so I can make a crusty bread.

  22. Natalie Sposted November 29, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    I would make chili!

  23. Jamieposted November 29, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply


  24. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted November 29, 2013 at 9:26 am Reply

    I love a spiced up soup.

  25. Marian (Sweetopia)posted November 29, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    Ohhh, loooove Emile Henry! Such a great giveaway!
    Your soup looks delicious – pinning to make later!

  26. Krista Sandersonposted November 29, 2013 at 9:35 am Reply

    Chili! Thank you!

  27. coriposted November 29, 2013 at 9:43 am Reply

    Chili or a yeast bread!

  28. shari wickposted November 29, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

    What a great gift prize…….. I would use it all the time with a variety of soups and casseroles………..

  29. Lisaposted November 29, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

    Beautiful Emile Henry dutch oven would be so useful! Looking forward to trying the soup recipe. Enjoy the day!

  30. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted November 29, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply

    This is seriously one gorgeous soup! I want this right now!

  31. Tracyposted November 29, 2013 at 10:00 am Reply

    Vegetarian chili. Black bean, probably.

  32. Lauren Wylerposted November 29, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    chili!!! Yummy!

  33. Kim Porterposted November 29, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply


  34. Sarahposted November 29, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply

    I would make my famous chili!

  35. Elizabeth G.posted November 29, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply

    I would make soup.

  36. Sandy Headtkeposted November 29, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

    I would make stew

  37. Kimberly Mposted November 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    With a pot like that, I’d cook beef bourguignon stat!

  38. Elizabeth Tposted November 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm Reply

    What a great way to use up some Thanksgiving leftovers! Can’t wait to make this soup! Thanks for sharing your recipe! That’s a beautiful Dutch Oven…would be perfect for your Turkey Soup with Poblanos. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  39. Karenposted November 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    This soup looks amazing! Thank you so much for this giveaway as well.

  40. Becki @ Bites 'n Brewsposted November 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Coq au vin. I’ve been dying to get one of these just for that specific recipe!

  41. MaryBethposted November 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

    I’d make chicken and dumplings :-)

  42. sharron orcuttposted November 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    tis’ that time of year for yummy hearty soups and stews, just the perfect fodder for dutch ovens.

  43. Chrisposted November 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I’d make all the comfort soups of winter, but I am meaning to add a cassoulet to this winter. So I’d definitely make the cassoulet in the Dutch Oven!

  44. Karen Nordykeposted November 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Stew!!! I will be cooking a lot of stew, all winter long!

  45. Marty Mposted November 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Hmm, I think I would try some kind of stew first. Would be awesome to win!

  46. Diana G.posted November 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm Reply

    That soup looks sooo good!! :) Thank you for the giveaway. What a beauty!

  47. Shellyposted November 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I’d make chili.

  48. Beth Lposted November 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Hatch chili pork stew.

  49. lainerposted November 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

    sounds like a nice soup change

  50. Christine Pposted November 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Chicken ‘n Dumplings! I love to make this when it gets chilly outside!

  51. Sarahposted November 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Mmmm beef stew…

  52. Emily Bposted November 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm Reply

    Definitely some form of soup.

  53. ashleyposted November 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm Reply

    maybe some chili.

  54. Kaitlin Sickleposted November 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply

    soup of all kinds!

  55. karenposted November 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Baked beans

  56. bethanyposted November 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply

    muligatawny soup :)

  57. Eric B.posted November 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

    I’d bake bread loaves in it.

  58. Melissa Bposted November 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Soup or stew would be my first endeavor!

  59. Marsha Lynneposted November 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Green Chile Stew…oh so good

  60. pat yamadaposted November 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

    That is a beautiful dutch oven. I would love to win it. Thanks.

  61. Stephanieposted November 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Chili would be my first dutch oven meal!!

  62. Nikkiposted November 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply


  63. Susanposted November 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm Reply

    Coq au vin!

  64. Kristen Mposted November 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

    I would make chili.

  65. MartCposted November 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    Green Chile Stew….mmmmmm

  66. Theresa Jposted November 30, 2013 at 12:07 am Reply

    I would love to cook chicken and dumplings

  67. Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the Kingposted November 30, 2013 at 12:08 am Reply

    I’m loving soups this season! Lots more to come :) especially if I have a new dutch oven!

  68. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 30, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply

    I’d make french onion soup!

  69. Pam Gurganusposted November 30, 2013 at 1:23 am Reply

    I would cook chili!

  70. itziaposted November 30, 2013 at 1:32 am Reply

    I would make some chili.

  71. Eiileenposted November 30, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Perfect vessel for a wonderful loaf of rustic artisan bread!!

  72. Barbara McCraryposted November 30, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply


  73. LaurenPposted November 30, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    What a great use of leftover turkey! I was going to make a turkey pho, but now I’m considering this instead. Yum!

  74. paulaposted November 30, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

    Love soup…..thinking I would have to make the Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers. Looks yummy!

  75. Debbie Wposted November 30, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try the cool recipe for baking crusty bread.

  76. Karen Wposted November 30, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    I would make chili.

  77. Katie Zackposted November 30, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    I would love this, cast iron is just too heavy for me anymore. First thing I would do is a nice pot roast, cook it long and slow!

  78. dorisposted November 30, 2013 at 11:11 am Reply

    I would cook some delicious chicken and dumplings.

  79. LivedinItalyposted November 30, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

    Flemish stew made with a Belgium beer.

  80. Libbyposted November 30, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply

    Braised short ribs! Yum!

  81. Paula Thomasposted November 30, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

    I would make a butternut squash soup.

  82. Janicejmposted November 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Pretty pot! Would love to make soup in it.

  83. Erin Nadeauposted November 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm Reply

    That soup looks perfect for a day like today!

  84. Heather Hayes Panjonposted November 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Chicken And Dumplings!

  85. Meghan Finleyposted November 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I’d make grouse stew with dumplings

  86. Allysonposted November 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Pork chili verde or a hearty soup. It’s cold and snowy here already!

  87. MaryBposted November 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Soup and gumbo!

  88. Michele Mposted November 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply


  89. Brenda Wilsonposted November 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Top round roast…

  90. Reneeposted November 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I would make a big batch of jambalaya.

  91. Kelly M.posted November 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm Reply


  92. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

    such a smart way to use up leftovers! i have a ton left – i think this soup is in my future :)

  93. candaceposted November 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    would be perfect for soups or just making up broth. I make lotsa broth from scratch since I have a baby going into more solids. I find it lots healthier to just make my own.

  94. Cristinaposted November 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Pozole, I love it.

  95. Michele aka Goat Girlposted November 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm Reply

    I would make Jambalaya!

  96. mysweetiepiepieposted November 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I’d cook anything and everything but would probably start with a nice pot roast :+)

  97. Alice Fposted November 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply

    I would make a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce!

  98. Barbposted November 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply

    roast with veggies

  99. Aleciaposted November 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Italian wedding soup. Loved your cranberry sauce on Thansgiving. We made it and we still can’t stop eating it. Toasted baguette with goat cheese and your sauce is delicious !

  100. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted November 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm Reply

    I would make tomato soup!

  101. Sarahposted December 1, 2013 at 6:26 am Reply

    I would make Turkey Noodle Soup.

  102. Gail Annacartoposted December 1, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    I would make your soup…yummmmmm

  103. Robin {Mom Foodie}posted December 1, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    That is just begging for a nice pot of stew!

  104. Lauraposted December 1, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

    This soup looks wonderful!

  105. tamiya shaneposted December 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    this soup looks amazing

  106. Alexisposted December 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    The first thing I would make would be chili! Next would be soups and stews :)

  107. Natalie G.posted December 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Beef stew!

  108. Alice Fposted December 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm Reply

    I would make Turkey stew!

  109. Bettinaposted December 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    More soups for this cold weather in the Northeast!

  110. Anne H.posted December 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I’ve pinned a recipe for bread made in a Dutch oven that has me intrigued.

  111. Karen Lynchposted December 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm Reply

    I would love to make chicken and wild rice soup.

  112. Roberts adamsposted December 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

    I would love to make some braised short ribs in that beautiful pot!! Yum!!

  113. marissaposted December 2, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    I tried this with left over yams. smells great.

  114. Sabrinaposted December 2, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    I would love to make a hearty, spicy chili in it!

  115. marlaposted December 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Perfect winter soup!

  116. Anna Cposted December 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm Reply

    I’d like to make a chuck roast.

  117. Amandaposted December 3, 2013 at 8:09 am Reply

    I would cook my Moms pineapple upside down cake.

  118. Lorettaposted December 3, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    I’m a chili fiend in the winter, so that’s what I’d make first!

  119. kayposted December 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    I would cook soups of all kinds, something I love to do once the weather turns cold (like now!). This soup recipe is a keeper! I love anything with poblanos!

  120. julianneposted December 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    chicken & dumplings!

  121. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Soup with turkey leftovers…simply canNOT be beat! Love this with the poblanos!

  122. Vickieposted December 4, 2013 at 1:10 am Reply

    A big pot of beans and ham

  123. Barb S. @ FL Mom's Blogposted December 4, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    Potato soup, or chili!

  124. Athena Rposted December 4, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    This soup looks amazing. I would love to try this out in the pot.

  125. Leann Lindemanposted December 4, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    I use the dutch oven I have for everything!!!! It is a 9 and half quart.. so this would be great to have one that is smaller.

  126. barbara nposted December 4, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    I would cook Chicken Fricassee !

  127. Angieposted December 4, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    My family loves a good pot roast.

  128. Saraposted December 4, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

    I would make everything! Soup for sure, and this recipe sounds yummy!

  129. laurenposted December 4, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    so many things but the first would be bbq pulled pork

  130. Rusty Hposted December 4, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply


  131. Elisa Bposted December 4, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Ratatouille! It would be nice to have something like this dutch oven so I can start foods on the stove and then put it in the oven.

  132. Rikki-Deeposted December 4, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

    Potato Soup

  133. teresaposted December 4, 2013 at 11:55 am Reply

    I can never make enough soup, loving trying new ones!

  134. Jodee Weilandposted December 4, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply

    This recipe has some unexpected ingredients, but it sounds delicious! I love the use of the poblano pepper. The flavor and texture of this soup must be outstanding. I will be trying this recipe soon.

  135. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

    this soup has got my mouth watering!! Yum :)

  136. Kimposted December 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I would make a huge bowl of soup! YUM!

    Rating: 5
  137. Kris Griffithposted December 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

    This sounds great! Now I know what to do with that last leftover turkey and the roasted poblanos in the freezer!

  138. Juli Vposted December 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm Reply

    I would make creamy chicken noodle soup.

  139. Jenn Colletteposted December 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    I would make all kinds of soups in it and chicken paprikash too!

  140. Johnisaposted December 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Seafood Gumbo would be the very first thing I would cook in this dutch oven…YUMS!

  141. Rustposted December 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm Reply

    i would cook lamb stew.

  142. Maggie Wallaceposted December 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Beef stew or turkey noodle soup!

  143. Amanda Tysonposted December 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Everything! I look for excuses to use my Dutch ovens. I’m obsessed!

  144. Mason Canyonposted December 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm Reply

    I’d like to try your delicious looking turkey soup with poblano peppers in the beautiful dutch oven, if I won.

    Thoughts in Progress

  145. Alyssaposted December 5, 2013 at 9:44 am Reply

    Oh, chili would be great with this cold weather!

  146. Emily Kposted December 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm Reply

    Busy day beef stew.

  147. Elizabethposted December 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

    I’d make cola braised beef for filling for Christmas Day tamales!

  148. Alexis K.posted December 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Either beef stew or a whole lemon rosemary chicken. Yum!

  149. Carmenposted December 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm Reply

    I have a Dutch oven bread recipe I want to try

  150. Annetteposted December 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm Reply

    I absolutely love soup and could eat it all day, everyday. So, I would make soup on this beautiful post. One of my favorites is Tuscan Vegetable Soup.

  151. Christenposted December 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply

    I would make chili or gumbo from scratch!

  152. Carla Sposted December 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply

    I would make chicken and dumplings or chili first.

  153. Debbie Trundleposted December 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm Reply

    I would use it for soups, small roasts or chicken, Chili, oh the list is endless =} Thanks!

  154. Joannaposted December 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

    I would make some turkey chili!

  155. Sarahposted December 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous & I love the color! Definitely something that would get a lot of use!

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  158. Linda Sposted December 1, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply

    Looks yummy. just wish I had leftovers!

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  167. Jeffposted December 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Great recipe. I changed it by using jalapeño peppers, adding stuffing and my gravy with turkey dripping. Then I added poultry seasoning to kick up the Christmas dinner flavor. 

    Rating: 5
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