This soup was a total accident.

I didn’t have any leftover turkey – or plans for leftover turkey.

But then on Saturday, we decided to pick up a 15 pound turkey and have another round of Thanksgiving. My thoughts immediately went to leftovers. Can you blame me?

Curried lentil soup with turkey came to mind and I had all of the ingredients I needed at home so I turned on the Christmas music, made some tea, pretended it was cold outside and made some soup.

This soup is flavorful, filling and nice and warm for chilly winter nights. I love it topped with a little greek yogurt and fresh cilantro – it adds such a great fresh and creamy touch!

*Use shredded chicken and chicken broth if you don’t have leftover turkey.


Curried Lentil Turkey Soup

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Keywords: soup/stew entree gluten-free high fiber high protein fall winter


Ingredients (8 servings)

For Soup

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp each: garam masala, tumeric, coriander
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 8 cups turkey (or chicken) broth (or mix of broth and water)
  • 1-14 oz can coconut milk
  • 3-4 cups shredded turkey (or chicken)

For Toppings

  • greek yogurt
  • chopped cilantro


Heat oil in large pot.

Add onion and occasionally stir for about 3 minutes.

Add carrots, celery and ginger, cooking for about 5 more minutes.

Mix in seasonings and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add lentils and broth to pot.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes.

Add coconut milk and turkey, bring to a boil and serve.

Top with greek yogurt and chopped cilantro if desired.

If soup is not thick enough, let simmer with no cover until desired consistency.

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11 Comments (Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    This soup is totally worth running out to buy another turkey for. It looks so yummy! I love that you guys Thanksgiving-part II. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!


    • Emily
      Nov 26, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

      Thank you! Hope you had a great weekend too!


  2. erin
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Yup, I’ll be making this with all the leftover turkey we have! Looks amazing and perfect for chilly Minnesota week ahead.

    We had an unexpected thanksgiving part two, too! Hope you had a lovely holiday :)


  3. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Sounds great! Then again, of course I’d be down for this, I love turkey, curry, and lentils!


  4. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    we have no leftover turkey since our only turkey was at a restaurant, and my mom made beef tenderloin for the at-home meal. my sister doesn’t like turkey… but we had thought about buying one this week to enjoy ourselves. this soup sounds great!


    • Emily
      Nov 26, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

      You should do it! Maybe you can find one on sale. My Mom just bought one and had the butcher cut it in half so she could freeze half of it.


  5. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    I adore fresh cilantro and any chance to use it, this soup sounds fantastic!!


  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Love the impromptu added Thanksgiving :) I’ve never made lentil soup before…I must try this with chicken this winter! Yum!


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Yum, sounds awesome! I’ve been looking for a twist on regular ol’ turkey/chicken soup (’tis the season!).


  8. Lori
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    What a great idea! I can’t get enough of curry coconut flavor. Using it with leftover turkey is perfect.


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