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

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

    Looks yummy. just wish I had leftovers!

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  14. 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!

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

    I would make some turkey chili!

  16. 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!

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

    I would make chicken and dumplings or chili first.

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

    I would make chili or gumbo from scratch!

  19. 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.

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

    I have a Dutch oven bread recipe I want to try

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

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

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

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

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

    Busy day beef stew.

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

    Oh, chili would be great with this cold weather!

  25. 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.

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

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

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

    Beef stew or turkey noodle soup!

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

    i would cook lamb stew.

  29. 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!

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

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

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

    I would make creamy chicken noodle soup.

  32. 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!

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

    I would make a huge bowl of soup! YUM!

    Rating: 5
  34. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

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

  35. 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.

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

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

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

    Potato Soup

  38. 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.

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


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

    so many things but the first would be bbq pulled pork

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

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

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

    My family loves a good pot roast.

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

    I would cook Chicken Fricassee !

  44. 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.

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

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

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

    Potato soup, or chili!

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

    A big pot of beans and ham

  48. 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!

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

    chicken & dumplings!

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

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

    I would cook my Moms pineapple upside down cake.

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

    I’d like to make a chuck roast.

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

    Perfect winter soup!

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

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

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

    I tried this with left over yams. smells great.

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

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

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

    I would love to make chicken and wild rice soup.

  59. 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.

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

    More soups for this cold weather in the Northeast!

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

    I would make Turkey stew!

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

    Beef stew!

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

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

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

    this soup looks amazing

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

    This soup looks wonderful!

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

    That is just begging for a nice pot of stew!

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

    I would make your soup…yummmmmm

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

    I would make Turkey Noodle Soup.

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

    I would make tomato soup!

  70. 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 !

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

    roast with veggies

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

    I would make a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce!

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

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

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

    I would make Jambalaya!

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

    Pozole, I love it.

  76. 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.

  77. 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 :)

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


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

    I would make a big batch of jambalaya.

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

    Top round roast…

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


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

    Soup and gumbo!

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

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

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

    I’d make grouse stew with dumplings

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

    Chicken And Dumplings!

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

    That soup looks perfect for a day like today!

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

    Pretty pot! Would love to make soup in it.

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

    I would make a butternut squash soup.

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

    Braised short ribs! Yum!

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

    Flemish stew made with a Belgium beer.

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

    I would cook some delicious chicken and dumplings.

  92. 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!

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

    I would make chili.

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

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

  95. 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!

  96. 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!

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


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

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

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

    I would make some chili.

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

    I would cook chili!

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

    I’d make french onion soup!

  102. 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!

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

    I would love to cook chicken and dumplings

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

    Green Chile Stew….mmmmmm

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

    I would make chili.

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

    Coq au vin!

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


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

    Chili would be my first dutch oven meal!!

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

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

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

    Green Chile Stew…oh so good

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

    Soup or stew would be my first endeavor!

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

    I’d bake bread loaves in it.

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

    muligatawny soup :)

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

    Baked beans

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

    soup of all kinds!

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

    maybe some chili.

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

    Definitely some form of soup.

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

    Mmmm beef stew…

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

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

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

    sounds like a nice soup change

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

    Hatch chili pork stew.

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

    I’d make chili.

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

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

  124. 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!

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

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

  126. 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!

  127. 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.

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

    I’d make chicken and dumplings :-)

  129. 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!

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

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

  131. 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!

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

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

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

    I would make stew

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

    I would make soup.

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

    I would make my famous chili!

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


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

    chili!!! Yummy!

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

    Vegetarian chili. Black bean, probably.

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

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

  140. 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!

  141. 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………..

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

    Chili or a yeast bread!

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

    Chili! Thank you!

  144. 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!

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

    I love a spiced up soup.

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


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

    I would make chili!

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

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

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

    Great and delicious idea for soup and leftover

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

    Probably chili. Maybe mushroom soup. Yum.

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

    Great way to enjoy some leftover turkey!

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

    cobblers yum!

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

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

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

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

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

    We love to make soups.

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

    a berry compote

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

    I’d make berry preserves.

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

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

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

    What a great idea, looks delicious!

  160. 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

  161. 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!

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

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

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

    I would make jam….lots of jam!

  164. 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!! :)

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

    This is a great way to use up leftovers..

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

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

  167. 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!

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

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