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Turkey White Bean Soup

A hearty, meal-worthy dish, Turkey White Bean Soup features layers of flavor, thanks to savory vegetables, beans, and sausage. Perfect for leftover turkey or even a rotisserie chicken.

Turkey White Bean Soup in a white Dutch oven

Have lots of turkey leftovers this year? No problem! In my world, sides are the best part of Thanksgiving, and the turkey is best used for the weekend’s leftovers.

And I can think of no more noble use for leftovers than creating a hearty, delicious, bone-warming soup!

Three bowls of Turkey White Bean Soup on a wooden serving tray

This turkey white bean soup is easy to make, but is restaurant-quality, thanks to the layers of flavor and umami.

Loaded with vegetables, beans, and rich tomato paste, it’s a meal you can feel great about serving to your family. Just a few ingredients add loads of flavor:

  • Fennel – a completely underappreciated vegetable imo, fennel adds a gentle astringent sweetness to a dish. Its flavor resembles licorice, yes, but not cloyingly so, and it certainly doesn’t make the soup taste like Red Vines, lol.
  • Smoked Sausage – I used turkey smoked sausage here to extend the turkey theme and to rein in the nutrition values, but you can use any variety you prefer for this turkey soup.
  • Tomato paste – tomato paste is a very useful flavoring ingredient for soups, as its natural umami adds concentrated savory richness to any dish.
  • Great Northern beans – you can definitely substitute canned white cannellini beans if you prefer, but I love simple beany goodness of the Great Northern bean. They add a tender bite and tons of protein.
  • Spices – don’t neglect the herbs and spices in this dish, as just a few take this soup from tasty to lip-smackin’ good!
Three bowls of soup on a serving tray with spoons

This soup should stay on your menu long after Thanksgiving: in the deep heart of winter, you can substitute rotisserie chicken for the turkey, for a hearty weeknight meal.

More Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas:

Karen xo
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Turkey White Bean Soup

A hearty soup with delicious layers of flavor, this Turkey White Bean Soup is chock full of savory vegetables, tender white beans, and smoked sausage. Perfect for leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, or even a rotisserie chicken.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey, turkey soup, turkey white bean soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 ounces smoked sausage , sliced into half moons (turkey, pork or beef, your choice)
  • 1 small white or yellow onions , chopped
  • 1 medium fennel bulb , trimmed and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 15 ounces canned great northern beans , rinsed and drained, divided
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or marjoram
  • 3 cups cooked turkey , shredded or chopped
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley , for garnish


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 4 to 5 qt Dutch oven over medium until shimmering.
  • Add the smoked sausage and cook until the edges are golden. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions and fennel and saute until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic.
  • Scoot the vegetables to one side and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the cleared space.
  • Spoon the tomato paste into the oil and sprinkle the smoked paprika and a big pinch of salt over the top. Stir the tomato paste to let caramelize a bit while the spices bloom, then stir into the vegetable mixture.
  • Measure out 1 cup of the beans and set aside; add the rest to the pot, along with about half of the broth.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend the soup smooth. Add the remaining beans and broth, plus the oregano/marjoram.
  • Increase heat to bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked turkey, along with the reserved smoked sausage.
  • Taste, and adjust the seasonings to your preference with salt and pepper.
  • Just prior to serving, sprinkle the parsley over the top of the soup.


This soup can also be made with rotisserie chicken, for weeknight ease.


Calories: 240kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.
Turkey White Bean Soup in a white Dutch oven
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Monday 12th of April 2021

Loved this post!

Kristen A Berry

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Just made this after defrosting leftover turkey and it smells delicious! I am going to add 2 bags of baby spinach I have on hand before it goes bad when I reheat it for dinner! Thank you for a great leftover turkey recipe!


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Great call on the spinach - I love adding spinach to soups! Hope you enjoy the recipe :)

Phyllis Ryan

Thursday 26th of November 2020

All I need is a fennel and I am set to make soup. Thanks.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi Phyllis, I hope you enjoy it! Lovely to hear from you!