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Turkey Soup with Split Peas and Smoked Paprika

A healthy and hearty turkey soup made with split peas, vegetables and seasoned with smoked paprika. A lovely soup for when the temperatures dip. This is a perfect recipe for using leftover turkey.

Turkey Soup with Split Peas and Smoked Paprika. A hearty soup perfect for when the temperatures dip. Celebrate soup season with a turkey and split pea soup seasoned with smoked paprika.

I love soup

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you already know this.  It’s soup season now but I actually eat soup year round.  Of course, homemade is best but I also eat canned soup for convenience.  I keep some in my locker at work, just in case.

I believe there is a soup for everybody, every time and every occasion.

There are Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter soups.  The differences lie in both what is in season and what the temperature is. For Spring, I like to make vegetable soups that are broth-y and light.  For Summer, noodle soups or soups made in a crockpot so as not to heat up my kitchen.  For Autumn I like to make potato and pumpkin soups.  In the Winter I like to make the Autumn soups plus bean and lentil soups or any hearty stew.

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How do I save leftover soup?

Saving soup is super easy.  I like to save half of my soup in single serving freezer bags with the air removed from the bag.  This way I can grab single serving soups to take to work which really saves me time in the morning as well as much healthier than eating in the cafe.

Because I eat so much soup, my freezer has a nice variety of single serving soup packets ready to go.  This works so that I don’t get tired of eating the same thing everyday.

For the rest of the soup, I eat it as leftovers for the week.

Soup Recipe For Leftover Turkey

I made this soup to actually clean out my fridge, do you do this?

We have been learning to smoke food in our new Texas-style, off-set side smoker.  We want to bring a smoked turkey to the family dinner but we wanted to practice first.  As a result, two turkeys later, we have a lot of leftover turkey.  Challenge accepted!

Today I share my solution for left over turkey by making a hearty soup with turkey and split peas.  This soup is perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs and spices; and has plenty of umami with mushrooms and soy sauce.  Vermouth is added for additional depth, just in case.  If you don’t have vermouth, sherry or wine would be just fine.  This soup is started with frying a mirepoix then adding the spices, broth and remaining ingredients.  A lot of simmering and then you are done.  It’s not a quick soup but it is definitely easy.

A great Winter soup with the addition of smoked paprika for heat and dried split peas for heartiness.  A soup that will keep you warm and stick to your ribs.

Bon appetit!

Diced vegetables.
Diced mushrooms.
Diced vegetables sautéed in a pan.
Spices in a bowl.
Split peas before they are cooked.
Soup simmering on the stove.
A bowl of turkey and split pea soup.

If you are making your own broth, you will need to check out this post on How to Make Broth. It also gives you clues as to when homemade broth is a must or if you can get away with store bought broth.

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Turkey Soup with Split Peas and Smoked Paprika. A hearty soup perfect for when the temperatures dip. Celebrate soup season with a turkey and split pea soup seasoned with smoked paprika.

Turkey Soup with Split Peas and Smoked Paprika

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

A hearty turkey soup made with split peas, vegetables and seasoned with smoked paprika. A lovely soup for when the temperatures dip.



  • 3 Tbs cooking oil such as canola, corn, sunflower, vegetable
  • 1 large onion diced, your choice (I used a mix of small onions from my garden)
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced, I used cremini
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup vermouth
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 lb dried split peas
  • 1 lb of turkey, shredded or chopped


  • sour cream, Mexican crema or creme fraische
  • scallions, herbs or crispy jalapeños


  1. Heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat until glistening.
  2. Add next 3 ingredients, stir occasionally, cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add garlic and cook 3 more minutes, stirring well.
  4. Add the next 4 spices and stir, cooking for 30 seconds to 'bloom' the spices.
  5. Add stock, bay leaves, vermouth, soy sauce & half of the split peas.  Simmer for 40 minutes on low.
  6. Add the remaining split peas, cook for 40 more minutes.
  7. Add the turkey, simmer for 5 more minutes and serve with optional garnishes and a chunk of crusty bread.


  • This recipe can be halved if you don't want to make a large pot of soup.
  • You can parcel out the soup into freezer bags and take with you to work for a healthy alternative to cafeteria food.
  • You can add more heat simply by adding more smoked paprika or a pinch of cayenne.
  • This recipe can easily be vegetarian by omitting the turkey, it will still be a lovely hearty soup.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 16g

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Sunday 17th of February 2019

I love this soup! And it’s so hearty!!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

That's one of my favorites. It's hearty enough for dinner and a great use of lentils, in my opinion.

Maureen Bertonaschi

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Snow storm approaching and I don't have any vermouth. What can I use as a substitute?


Sunday 20th of January 2019

Hey Maureen, yikes!! I feel for ya. We have a storm starting tomorrow. Anything with a flavorful bite like beer, wine, sherry, red wine vinegar etc. Good luck and hang in there. Stay warm and safe and cheers!


Monday 27th of November 2017

I cannot get enough of soup this time of year! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Sunday 19th of November 2017

This soup looks and sounds delicious! What a great way to add comfort to a chilly Fall day

Nicoletta Sugarlovespices

Saturday 18th of November 2017

My husband is the soup maker in our family and our soups, mostly, are born to clean up the fridge. And they taste so good, like this one!

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