One of the best things to do with leftover turkey is make turkey soup. But when your leftovers turn into leftovers, what do you do?
Turkey soup is a delight – rich with vegetables and maybe even some wild rice. Hopefully, you used the bones to make stock and the broth from baking the turkey for your amazing soup, but now you need to know if you can reheat your soup leftovers.
Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
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Can You Reheat Turkey Soup?
Of course, you can reheat turkey soup!
The truth is you can reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. It’s all about what approach you take with which foods.
Foods that have been baked or grilled are often best reheated back in the oven or back on the grill. Foods that have been breaded or fried are often best reheated in an air fryer or in the oven.
The biggest issue when it comes to reheating turkey soup back to its perfect state will be not drying out your turkey. Dried turkey is the worst.
You also want to ensure you don’t overcook the vegetables and make them mushy or evaporate the broth and lose the “soup” part of your soup.
Also, if you add noodles, cooking it too much will leave you with mushy noodles that absorb all your broth.
These factors are all critical to take into consideration when you reheat your turkey soup.
With turkey soup, it seems our best appliance to use for reheating will be the stovetop, but let’s run through the list just to be sure.
Should You Reheat Turkey Soup?
Now, should you reheat turkey soup?
It’s a fair question.
After all, we’re dealing with poultry, and you don’t want to get any kind of toxins or contaminants from overheating or overcooking the turkey.
Obviously, you won’t have to worry about the turkey being undercooked, as it was cooked before you added it to the soup.
Furthermore, you are always going to make sure you heat your turkey soup to the boiling point, so you’ll be sure to thoroughly cook anything inside the soup.
Still, you should always do your own research on reheating leftovers to cover all your bases. To help get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.
How to Reheat Turkey Soup in the Oven
Reheating turkey soup in the oven is not going to be the best approach. It’s not the most efficient or easiest way to get your soup into its perfect state.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the turkey soup in an oven-safe casserole dish with a lid.
- Place the dish on the middle rack in the oven and heat for 45 minutes.
- Remove the casserole dish from the oven when the broth is clearly boiling.
How to Reheat Turkey Soup in the Microwave
Reheating turkey soup in the microwave is quick and easy. It won’t be the best option as it may dry your turkey out, but it can absolutely work.
- Place your turkey soup in a microwave-safe casserole dish with a lid.
- Heat the turkey soup at full power for 5 minutes.
- Check to see that the broth is boiling when you remove the soup.
- If it’s not, heat the soup for another 2-3 minutes.
How to Reheat Turkey Soup in an Air Fryer
Alright, there’s obviously no way to heat turkey soup in an air fryer as it is a basket.
But if you happen to have an air fryer that doubles as a pressure cooker, like a Ninja Foodi, you can heat the soup up in the pressure cooker compartment for a minute or two, and you should find that it brings your broth to boiling.
How to Reheat Turkey Soup on a Grill
I would not recommend reheating turkey soup on a grill unless you happen to be camping and carrying your leftover turkey soup with you.
- Fill a cast iron pot with your turkey soup and place the pot directly over the flames.
- Place a lid on your pot and allow the pot to cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Check the pot and stir every few minutes to be sure the food does not stick to the bottom.
- Once the liquid comes to a boil, your food is ready to eat!
How to Reheat Turkey Soup in a Toaster Oven
You can reheat turkey soup in a toaster oven if you have a shallow pan with a lid, both of which are oven safe.
- Place your turkey soup in the pan and place the lid on top.
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the dish in the toaster oven and heat the turkey soup for 30 minutes.
- Check to be sure the turkey soup is boiling, and when it is, serve with some toasty, crusty bread, and enjoy!
How to Reheat Turkey Soup in a Pan on the Stove
Finally, reheating turkey soup in a pan on the stove is a cinch!
- Place the turkey soup into a pot and heat over medium heat on the stovetop.
- Stir frequently until the soup comes to a boil.
- Once it does, serve with some warm bread and enjoy!
Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Turkey Soup Is Using the Stovetop
Yes. It has to be the stovetop when it comes to reheating turkey soup. This appliance is the winner, hands down.
Of course, the microwave can be a great backup if you’re in a hurry, and you can even reheat the soup in the same bowl in which you plan to eat it. If you’re interested in limiting the number of dishes you must clean, this approach might be your favorite.
What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating turkey soup? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.