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Spicy Curried Turkey Noodle Soup
November 30, 2011, 2:52 pm
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I usually don’t make anything with Thanksgiving leftovers.  I don’t mean they go in the trash, I mean we eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until the food is gone (which usually takes a few days around here.)  In years past, it’s been just my husband and I to devour a whole 15 pound turkey (don’t judge.)  This year I was happy that everyone ate turkey, including “C” who never eats meat, but it seemed that after a few days we still had tons of turkey even though all of the side dishes had been eaten.  Well, I went about spending a day making turkey stock, but decided I really wanted to make something right away with the stock as well as with all of the turkey meat still in the fridge.  I’ve wanted to make a curried noodle soup for a long time, but have always been intimidated by curry before.  I thought about just making my Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup but with turkey, but then I thought, no that’s lame.  I didn’t spend a whole day making stock just to make the same old soup (even if it is really good!)  Go big or go home, right?!?!  I knew this soup would probably be an epic failure, or a great success, I suppose there isn’t much in-between when it comes to curry. 

Lucky for my family it was a success.  It was very spicy the first day, even my daughter and husband who like things extra spicy kept reaching for the water, but it did not lack in flavor.  When we had the left over’s the second day, the level of heat had come down, but the entire flavor remained.  I’m still thinking about that soup and wishing I had made a bigger pot.  Even “M” is still asking for more spicy noodles!

Spicy Curried Turkey Noodle  Soup

Adapted from Spicy Curry Noodle Soup with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes at


 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons lemongrass, chopped

2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoons red curry paste*

3 tablespoons spicy curry powder

3 cups unsweetened coconut milk

5 cups turkey stock

2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 teaspoons sugar

1 pound spaghetti noodles

3 cups cooked turkey meat, shredded or cut into cubes

2 cups fresh spinach leaves.

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced for garnish

3 tablespoons green onion, chopped for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts for garnish

1 lime, cut into wedges for garnish


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add next 4 ingredients; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in curry paste and curry powder. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk.  Stir until thick and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add remaining coconut milk, broth, fish sauce, and sugar; bring broth to boil.  Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer and add the spinach and turkey meat until spinach is wilted and the turkey is warmed through.

 While broth comes to a boil, add spaghetti to a large pot of salted, boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.

 To assemble the soup, put noodles in each bowl, cover with turkey, spinach and broth.  Top with any of the additional garnishes.


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19 Comments so far
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You know this curry girl is going to love this soup. It looks wonderful and I wish I could have a bowl. YUM! Well done… you certainly did go big… and no one would send your home for this soup. 🙂

Comment by Ramona

This looks fantastic! I love the flavor, so bold and satisfying.

Comment by Kate @ Kate from Scratch

This spiced curry turkey noodle soup sounds fantastic. We don’t normally have turkey for Thanksgiving as none of us really love it, but this year we did. Luckily my dad took a good chunk of the leftovers home. 🙂 I could use some of this right now as the entire family is sick. I’m sure it would hit the spot.

Comment by Susie

totally bookmarked this!!!! it looks AMAZING!!

Comment by Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Okay, this looks DARNED good and I’m not really one to make “leftover” dishes but this one I think I might actually try. It looks INSANELY delicious!!!

Comment by Joanne

You have included some awesome ingredients in this dish and referring to it as leftovers because of the turkey does not do it justice, so that can be a secret and no one would guess. This is definitely something I would enjoy. Nice change of pace from the standard soups all around. Well done!

Comment by Tina@flourtrader

I totally made turkey noodle soup after Thanksgiving. I love your twist with these spices!

Comment by Bake Your Day

Oh, love the Thai inspired seasonings in this soup… so warming and cool weather perfect! Beautiful recipe.

Comment by Kelly

What a great soup, Alyssa!! I would have never thought about adding curry to a turkey noodle soup recipe! And I love the photos!

Comment by Stephanie

This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

Comment by Jo

This soup looks amazing! I love all the flavors, and perfect for the cold snowy weather that showed up today!

Comment by Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

You make me hungry again. I recently made curry udon too, and I love curry – the smell and flavor and it is really appetizing dish. What a wonderful way to use Turkey leftover!

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

Yum. This is just my kind of food, warming, spicy, but light. Yes please!

Comment by Ruth

This looks so fantastic. I bet the house smelled so wonderful with this on the stove. Great use for leftovers.

Comment by Kim Bee

We rarely have Thanksgiving leftovers after my family celebration, but this looks like a very tasty way to use up what’s left!

Comment by Nicole @ Bake Me Blush

The noodle soup looks so comforting. I love all the flavours.

Comment by Angie@Angiesrecipes

What a brilliant use of turkey leftovers! We used to do the same thing – leftovers nuked day-in and day-out! Now, I try to make a small enough meal that we have one day of leftovers. If I have guests – I send them home with what’s leftover. It keeps the crazy indulgences down to a minimum!

Comment by Ann

wow what an interesting curry noodle.. the beautiful photos makes me hungry! never thought to put sweet potato into curry, would like to try that.

Comment by Shannon | Just As Delish

It is always refreshing to read posts of other bloggers and learn something from them. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Loveforfood

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