Turkey and Gnocchi Soup

One of the great things about Thanksgiving, besides the family time is left-overs….turkey to be specific.

What do you do with all that left-over turkey once you’ve eaten a few of the pre-requisite turkey and stuffing sandwiches?

I love using the left-over turkey to create new twists on recipes.

Olive Garden has this amazing soup. Chicken & Gnocchi soup. It’s so tasty.

I’ve copy-catted, or is it copy-katted?, it.

It’s not exact, but it is very similar. You can make this with chicken or turkey.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this creamy, dreamy soup.

  • 2 cups turkey or chicken, cooked and diced

I used turkey cutlets in the soup since I’ve not cooked my turkey yet.

  • 4 cups turkey or chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 pound (package) of potato gnocchi
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese – for garnish.

What to do:

  • I used frozen meat, so I first cooked the meat in the broth, once it was done cooking I removed it from the broth. I cooled it, then diced it.
    I sautéed the veggies in a separate pan and then added them to the Stock/soup base.

  • Sauté the onion, celery, garlic, carrots in the olive oil until they begin to soften.
  • Add the turkey/chicken, broth, and & spices.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi into the boiling broth.
  • Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  • For thicker soup add 2-3 TBSP of corn starch or masa flour to a bit of the broth and stir it into the soup.
  • Add the cream and spinach.
  • Slowly allow the mixture to come to a boil and then turn it off.

I serve this soup with crusty bread and a salad.

What are your go-to left over meals?



  1. Very well copy-catted – super recipe!
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Mmmm…sounds comforting! I love leftovers and will be posting my ideas very soon!!!

  3. You guys are all so much more clever with leftovers than I ever was…wish I’d had some of these ideas back when I was cooking Thanksgiving for a crowd!

  4. Tarragon, fresh cheese, turkey… sounds wonderful. Way better than the restaurant stuff.

  5. Creamy dreamy indeed! I adore gnocchi but haven´t eaten them for ages…it´s time to remedy that 🙂

  6. You are making my to-cook even longer again today! I don’t think I’ve had gnocchi in years, and I definitely got it at a restaurant when I did.

  7. Love gnocchi! You could even get more ambitious with the left over mashed potatoes and make your own!

    • I’m not up to homemade gnocchi right now. 🙂

  8. I LOVE gnocchi. But i do not LOVE turkey, however as i told greg earlier i could adapt this! c

    • It’s usually made with chicken. 🙂 Turkey’s not for everyone.

  9. A recipe for leftover turkey? Awesome and helpful! You rock!

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