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)
Did you make this recipe?   Leave a review »


  • 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.
All images and text ©

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

You May Also Like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

168 comments on “Creamy Poblano & Turkey Soup

  1. Pingback: Easy Weekly Meal Plan #71 ⋆ Sweet C's Designs

  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
  3. Pingback: WEEKLY MEAL PLAN (WEEK 71) - Diethood

  4. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan - Pass The Sushi

  5. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan #71 -

  6. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan #42 - Yellow Bliss Road

  7. Pingback: Easy Weekly Meal Plan #71 - Sweet C's Designs

  8. Pingback: Easy Meal Plan Week 71 - Foodie With Family

  9. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan Week 71 - Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

  10. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan {Week 71} | Wishes and Dishes

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

    Looks yummy. just wish I had leftovers!

  12. Pingback: 16 Leftover Turkey Recipes |

  13. Pingback: » Giveaways–December 5, 2013

  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!