The Balanced Diet: Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger I was planning on only having one post this week due to the Thanksgiving craziness. But after a miserable excursion outside this morning and a procrastination-induced fridge purging session, I decided to prioritize using my random leftovers and warming myself up over doing real work. The fact that I could watch The Voice while cooking only factored in slightly. Just a bit.

Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger I have a round-up of my favorite healthy ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers coming to you tomorrow. But in the mean time, I’m adding this Asian-y turkey noodle soup to the mix. Sure, I may have used the dregs of a rotisserie chicken from my fridge, but it’s the same concept. I also had a knob of ginger, a bunch of scallions, and some cilantro lying around that I would spoil before my return from the Thanksgiving festivities. And thus, my new favorite breakfast was born.

I’m off tomorrow to my parent’s barn to start cooking away. We’ve sadly had our hosting privileges revoked ever since my dad decided it was a good idea to erect a tent in our driveway and host the dinner there. (It wasn’t). So we’ll be trekking to my cousin Holly’s house where the food will be warm and the Thanksgiving table will be indoors.

Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

My mom and I are still making our staples. She’ll be doing this and this, and I’ll be doing the gluten-free stuffing. I’m thinking of going with fennel and mushrooms this year. But I can’t quite decide. We’ll see what happens at the market tomorrow.

Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

Since I spent Thanksgiving last year at my friend Kate’s in North Carolina, I’m keeping some sort of non-tradition alive by heading down south over the weekend. There will be some sky to table cooking and hopefully some ponies in store.

I hope you all have an amazing holiday. I’m so thankful for you and your continued support of all that I do on this site.

Gobble gobble!


Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger Recipes Turkey Noodle Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

Because you're not adding flavor to the broth by browning the turkey and cooking it with the liquid, it's important to use good quality chicken or turkey stock. Also don't be afraid for your vegetables to caramelize - all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan will add more flavor to the broth.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 2 quarts chicken or turkey stock
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni or rotini (I used Edison organic quinoa elbows)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded turkey or chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and/or mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Sriracha, for serving


  1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil. Saute the onions, carrots, and scallions over medium-high heat until soft and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and serrano (if using). Cook for 2 minutes more, until fragrant. Carefully pour in the stock and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a simmer, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the turkey and pasta. Rapidly simmer until the pasta is al dente (see package directions).
  2. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the herbs and lime juice. Taste for seasoning and serve piping hot.

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21 Responses to The Balanced Diet: Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

  1. Frankie says:

    You have a great Thanksgiving Phoebe! I’m sure you’ll factor into everyone’s thanks at the dinner table…

  2. Leah Davis says:

    This looks delicious! What a great post thanksgiving feel good meal!

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  7. Medha says:

    Gorgeous and vibrant soup! Love the touch of ginger and cilantro in it – such a fresh flavors. First time on your blog and I am loving it here- good work!

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  9. Allie says:

    The whole family LOVED the flavor of this soup! So much so that I made a second batch for my daughter to take back to college with her! Even the roommate gave it 2 thumbs up! Thanks!!!

    • Allie!! how wonderful! I’m so thrilled the girls liked the soup. What a treat to get to take something homey like that back to college. You’re such a rockstar mom. Thanks for making it! xo

  10. OMG! This recipe should delish! Easy to make and extremely yummy just looking at the pics. So going to try this tomorrow! You can even do this with chicken. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Deborah Owen says:

    Amazing! Very much enjoyed this soup! YUM!

    • We must have had kitchen ESP yesterday – I made another very similar ginger chicken soup yesterday and was reminded how much I love it! I added black rice ramen this time. Yum. Thank you for trying! xo

  13. Stacey says:

    Fantastic soup and a perfect alternative to the traditional chicken soup recipes. Thank you!

  14. HillyHo says:

    I love this recipe! I have modified this a number of times swapping turkey for chicken and adding number of different veggies. This soup is my very own garbage disposal at the end of the week. Always delicious. Thanks Phoebe for keepin in REAL.

    • OMG – Hilly! I had no idea you were whipping up this guy behind my back. Def use chicken instead of turkey, unless end of November 🙂 Send me a pic next time!! hooray for kitchen sink garbage disposal soup! xo

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