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Use up those Thanksgiving leftovers with this One Pot Creamy Turkey and Potato Dumplings. Caramelized shallots, leftover shredded turkey, fresh sage, and sharp parmesan cheese. All mixed into a warming herb-filled soup base with light and airy mashed potato dumplings that make every bite so delicious. This is a cozy recipe that’s one pot and done, perfect for all the winter nights ahead. No turkey on hand? Use leftover shredded chicken.

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Over the years I’ve made a lot of recipes with my Thanksgiving leftovers, but this turkey and potato dumpling soup is without a doubt my favorite. That might be a little bold, but this bowl of incredibly creamy and flavorful turkey and dumplings is SO GOOD. It’s the perfect dinner to warm up to after a day of decking the halls, cutting down the Christmas tree…and maybe even some Black Friday shopping too…although personally, I much prefer Cyber Monday.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my family is not spending Thanksgiving here in Colorado. It’s going to be our first Thanksgiving away from Colorado since we went to Cleveland a few years back to celebrate with family after my Nonnie passed. Most of my family will be in Lake Tahoe. Being split up is the biggest bummer. We normally do big family Thanksgivings, cut our family Christmas tree down, and do all things “holiday”. Sadly this year is just an off-year and timing-wise we couldn’t all make it work.

The good news is that Christmas is set in stone and everyone will be here in Colorado. I’m so excited, and yes, I will still be decking the halls come Black Friday. It’s a tradition, and I really love a good tradition.

Potato Dumpling mix in mixing bowl

Alright, but back to Thanksgiving, and back to these turkey and potato dumplings.

Are you all getting excited? Do you enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner most of all, OR do you actually look forward to the leftovers more? I’m always curious, as I know some people actually look forward to the leftovers more than the big meal itself.

I love the Thanksgiving meal most, BUT I do love the leftovers too. Especially if they include mashed potato dumplings, which brings me to this recipe. This is really just like chicken and dumplings, but so much better.

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Let me tell you the details.

You’ll need leftover shredded turkey and leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe.

In addition to the turkey and mashed potatoes, hopefully, you’ll still have plenty of fresh herbs, carrots, celery, and broth leftover from Thanksgiving. This is the base of our soup. Assuming you have these items all ready to go, you can make this at a moment’s notice…EASY.

Start with the soup base. Cook up some shallots, all the leftover carrots, and celery. Add in plenty of herbs (sage and thyme preferably), broth, and a very generous splash of wine (not a must, but if you have it on hand, it adds great flavor). Bring the soup to a simmer for a bit while you make the dumplings.

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The mashed potato dumplings.

Oh my gosh. There is nothing better than these dumplings. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed that I thought to use my mashed potatoes to make dumplings. I don’t know why it sounded good, but it did, so I went for it.

And it worked…these creamy dumplings are DELICIOUS.

Just mix your leftover mashed potatoes, with flour, and eggs, and fresh sage. That’s it, then add them to the boiling soup. Ten minutes later you have the fluffiest potato dumplings and your kitchen will indeed smell amazing.

And finally the secret to getting a creamy soup? Stirring a spoonful of the mashed potatoes into the brothy base just before adding the dumpling dough. The mashed potatoes melt into the soup and make it SO CREAMY. I did this only by mistake, but ended up loving it so much that I added the step to the recipe.

I know it’s a little dramatic, but I love this bowl of turkey and potato dumplings so much. It’s classic, but with a twist, and so cozy and warming. I really cannot think of a better way to use up the Thanksgiving leftovers. Bonus, this will easily feed all the lingering house guests you may or may not have. Perfect for feeding many mouths, but nice and easy after cooking all day on Thursday. Hard to beat one pot and done!

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If you make these one pot creamy turkey and potato dumplings, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Pot Creamy Turkey and Potato Dumplings

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 328 kcal

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  • 1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallots and cook another 3-5 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes. 
    2. Pour in the chicken broth and wine, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. In a medium bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, the flour, baking powder, sage, egg, and a pinch each of salt and pepper until just combined. If the dough feels sticky, add 2-4 tbs additional flour. 
    4. Bring the soup to a boil over medium-high heat. Drop a heaping tablespoon of the dumpling dough into the soup, adding about 6 dumplings to the soup at a time. Cover, and cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through and puffy. Some of the dumplings may break off into the soup and melt a bit, this is OK and makes the soup creamy.
    5. Carefully move the dumplings aside and slide the shredded turkey into the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
    6. Divide the soup and dumplings between bowls and serve topped with cheese and pepper. Enjoy! 
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  1. 4 stars
    Hubby and I liked this, but only after I added additional herbs as well as some soy sauce to give it more body. We just found the soup to be quite bland. But I liked the dumplings and the fact that aside from the Parmesan cheese (which we opted not to use) this is quite a healthy, low-cal recipe.

  2. This sounds amazing! Would the mashed potato dumplings work in any kind of broth based soup? No leftover turkey here, thinking to do something veggie/white bean.

    1. Hey Michele,
      Yes, that would work! I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Mavis,
      I have not tested this, but you certainly could! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Janelle,
      You can use chicken broth in place of the wine. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe 3x recently….this is great cold weather comfort food. I typically make 3 cups of mashed potatoes so there are tasty leftover dumplings for snacks. My wife, kids & friends have all asked for your recipe!

    1. Wow I am really happy to hear how well these turned out for you all! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, Peter! I hope you continue to love this and other recipes! xTieghan

  4. I made this after Thanksgiving and it was the most delicious soup I’ve ever made!! I did not make sumpplings though, just threw the mashed potatoes into the soup. How would the dumplings stand up as leftovers? would they fall apart after sitting int eh soup for a while? I’m just cooking forone, that’s why I ask. Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes!!

    1. HI! Yes, the dumplings will fall apart in the soup when stored leftover, BUT the soup is still just as delicious. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am glad you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this for some friends for dinner….. AMAZING. Your one pot dinners are a staple around here and this one did not disappoint.

    One question: You mentioned Parmesan cheese in your blog post but I didn’t see it in the ingredient list or instructions. I didn’t have any on hand and didn’t use it but couldn’t help but crave a little Parmesan when I was enjoying my dinner. When would you recommend adding the Parmesan cheese to this recipe?

    As always, thank you so so so much for all of your delicious recipes. I check daily!! Have a happy holidays and enjoy the time with your family!!

    1. Hi Amanda! I like to add the parmesan for topping. It’s the final step. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Made this recipe day after Thanksgiving and it was wonderful! I should have made a double batch, everyone wanted seconds.

  7. 4 stars
    Flavors were amazing. The dumplings mostly disintegrated into the soup unfortunately. Do you know what would cause that? I had to double the recipe to feed extra guests. Pot was boiling when I dropped them in.

    1. Hey Molly! What was the texture of your dumplings? Where they overly sticky? If you can provide some more more details I can help to problem salve better. Next time, I might try adding additional flour to ensure the dumplings don’t fall apart. xTieghan

    1. Hi Linda! The dumplings soak up some of the broth over time, but still taste delicious leftover. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  8. Hi!! Do you think this would be as good with smoked turkey? Worried the smokey flavor might be too over powering.

    1. Hi Selena! I am sure smoked turkey will be just fine! Sounds good actually. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    This stew was FANTASTIC! I doubled the recipe, made it for 8 people, added some warmed heavy whipping cream and a tsp of corn starch at the end after dumplings were finished cooking just to thicken… paired with a romaine, feta, sweet onion salad… gone… all gone…. friends said it needed to be a tradition…. thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner the day after Thanksgiving. Very fun change from turkey noodle soup. Used home made broth from the turkey carcass. My dumplings came out pretty big – I will make them smaller next time as they really puffed up. Next time I make mashed potatoes, I will make extra just so I can make this delish soup again with my frozen leftover turkey and broth.

    1. Hi Stacey! Yes, I think that will work! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  11. I continue to love your recipes (and your new cookbook). Recently when I print your recipes from my phone all of the underlined ingredients in your recipe do not print! I do opt to print in black and white. Would you please see if you could change the color on your end so it would still print? Or let me know if there is a way to fix this without printing in color?

    1. Hi Lara! I am so glad you have been enjoying my recipes!! Thank you! I have sent this over to my tech team and they are looking into a solution! Thank you for letting me know! xTieghan