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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

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

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers will give your leftovers a sassy makeover with a little southwest flair.
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 470mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 30.8mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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  2. 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. 

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  11. Looks yummy. just wish I had leftovers!

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

  15. I would make some turkey chili!

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

  17. I would make chicken and dumplings or chili first.

  18. I would make chili or gumbo from scratch!

  19. 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. I have a Dutch oven bread recipe I want to try

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

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

  23. Busy day beef stew.

  24. Oh, chili would be great with this cold weather!

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

  27. Beef stew or turkey noodle soup!

  28. i would cook lamb stew.

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

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

  31. I would make creamy chicken noodle soup.

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

  33. I would make a huge bowl of soup! YUM!

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

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

  37. Potato Soup

  38. 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. so many things but the first would be bbq pulled pork

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

  41. My family loves a good pot roast.

  42. I would cook Chicken Fricassee !

  43. 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.

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

  45. A big pot of beans and ham

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

  47. chicken & dumplings!

  48. 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!

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

  50. I would cook my Moms pineapple upside down cake.

  51. I’d like to make a chuck roast.

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

  53. I tried this with left over yams. smells great.

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

  55. I would love to make chicken and wild rice soup.

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

  57. More soups for this cold weather in the Northeast!

  58. I would make Turkey stew!

  59. Beef stew!

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

  61. this soup looks amazing

  62. This soup looks wonderful!

  63. That is just begging for a nice pot of stew!

  64. I would make your soup…yummmmmm

  65. I would make Turkey Noodle Soup.

  66. 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 !

  67. roast with veggies

  68. I would make a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce!

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

  70. I would make Jambalaya!

  71. Pozole, I love it.

  72. 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.

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

  74. I would make a big batch of jambalaya.

  75. Top round roast…

  76. Soup and gumbo!

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

  78. I’d make grouse stew with dumplings

  79. Chicken And Dumplings!

  80. That soup looks perfect for a day like today!

  81. Pretty pot! Would love to make soup in it.

  82. I would make a butternut squash soup.

  83. Braised short ribs! Yum!

  84. Flemish stew made with a Belgium beer.

  85. I would cook some delicious chicken and dumplings.

  86. 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!

  87. I would make chili.

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

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

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

  91. Soup!

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

  93. I would make some chili.

  94. I would cook chili!

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

  96. I would love to cook chicken and dumplings

  97. Green Chile Stew….mmmmmm

  98. I would make chili.

  99. Chili would be my first dutch oven meal!!

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

  101. Green Chile Stew…oh so good

  102. Soup or stew would be my first endeavor!

  103. I’d bake bread loaves in it.

  104. muligatawny soup :)

  105. soup of all kinds!

  106. maybe some chili.

  107. Definitely some form of soup.

  108. Mmmm beef stew…

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

  110. sounds like a nice soup change

  111. Hatch chili pork stew.

  112. I’d make chili.

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

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

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

  116. 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!

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

  118. I’d make chicken and dumplings :-)

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

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

  121. 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!

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

  123. I would make stew

  124. I would make soup.

  125. I would make my famous chili!

  126. chili!!! Yummy!

  127. Vegetarian chili. Black bean, probably.

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

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

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

  131. Chili or a yeast bread!

  132. Chili! Thank you!

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

  134. I would make chili!

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

  136. Great and delicious idea for soup and leftover

  137. Probably chili. Maybe mushroom soup. Yum.

  138. Great way to enjoy some leftover turkey!

  139. cobblers yum!

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

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

  142. We love to make soups.

  143. I’d make berry preserves.

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

  145. What a great idea, looks delicious!

  146. 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

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

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

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

  149. I would make jam….lots of jam!

  150. 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!! :)

  151. This is a great way to use up leftovers..

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

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

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