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Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

December 2, 2013

Happy post-Thanksgiving, mid-Hanukkah, pre-Christmas time! ‘Tis the season for comfort food and cranberries. Yes, cranberries deserve their own special mention. You know how I feel about cranberries.

Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

I wish I could claim I was clever enough to invent this soup on my own, but I was inspired by a similar soup made by a local restaurant. A few weeks ago I tried their soup on a whim, grabbing a to-go container to take home with me. When I opened the container later to make some lunch, I was instantly floored by how much the soup smelled exactly like Thanksgiving dinner. I almost had to open my oven to make sure there wasn’t a turkey roasting in there that I didn’t know about!

Unfortunately, the smell was my favorite part of the soup. My objections to the taste were minor, except for one fatal flaw – it was loaded with cilantro. I am one of those people who can’t stand cilantro because all I taste is soap. So I decided to remake the soup on my own at home.

Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

This Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries is perfect for using up those Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers. Don’t have any leftovers? Cook up a little turkey breast and use that to make the soup, or even substitute some chicken. The sweet potatoes make it filling while the cranberries add a pleasant sweet surprise. It will make your kitchen smell fantastic and evoke warm, comfy holiday memories. Comfort food at it’s best!

Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

Thanksgiving Soup with Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

Serves 3-4

You’re probably going to want to add a good bit of salt to balance the sweetness from the dried cranberries (most of which have added sugar). I didn’t want to specify an amount, however, because it will vary depending on your cranberries and whether or not you add gravy. Just add a little, taste, and repeat until it tastes good!


2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 large celery ribs, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning (thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary)
3/4 teaspoon dried sage
4 to 5 cups turkey broth or stock
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 pound cooked turkey (more or less)
1-2 tablespoons leftover turkey gravy (optional, but highly recommended)
salt, to taste


In a dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, saute onion and celery in butter or olive oil until onions are translucent and celery has softened. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes and stir in spices. Add turkey broth or stock, bring to a simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes. Add dried cranberries and continue to simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 more minutes. (If a fork easily slides through the potatoes, they’re done.) Add cooked turkey. Stir in gravy, if using, and season to taste.

  1. December 2, 2013 1:02 pm

    What a great idea! And your photos are lovely. I’ll have to give this a try!

  2. December 2, 2013 1:06 pm

    Making this tonight! Great option for leftover turkey! Thanks so much!

  3. December 2, 2013 1:10 pm

    Oh man, that looks good

  4. Gaëlle Bouëtté permalink
    December 2, 2013 2:01 pm

    Dried cranberries in a soup? I’m sold!!!! (ps : cilantro hater over here too… You can imagine how happy I was (with the food only) while on holiday in Marocco… ).

  5. December 2, 2013 3:13 pm

    This looks really really really really really good :-D

  6. December 2, 2013 3:32 pm

    This looks so good! I have all of those ingredients left over from Thanksgiving so I’m totally making for dinner tonight.

  7. December 2, 2013 4:48 pm

    Wauw this looks so good! Real winter! I would love to eat this when it’s freezing in the comfort of my own home! My favorite scones are with cranberries. Maybe this will be my new favorite soup! Thanks for sharing!

  8. December 2, 2013 8:35 pm

    What a lovely combination of ingredients. I bet it has a lovely flavour!

  9. December 5, 2013 2:47 am

    Reblogged this on Baguio Walk and commented:
    Great dish! I would like to try this for the whole family. Reblogged this too :)

  10. December 9, 2013 3:18 am

    This is a great idea for a soup on a cold morning after Thanksgiving. I should give this a try thanksgiving day or not. These are foods one is going to miss when all there is left are foods out of a vending machine.

  11. January 31, 2014 6:01 pm

    this looks amazing! I was looking for a recipe like this over the holidays. I will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  12. February 1, 2014 10:56 am

    Healthy recipe!

  13. February 1, 2014 4:28 pm

    Hello! Stumbled upon your blog and I had to stop myself from scrolling! Your pictures make the food all the more tempting! I definitely share your love for chocolate! Looking forward to more posts.

  14. Judy permalink
    February 18, 2014 4:21 pm

    I made this a few days ago and love it! I expected to have to add more salt to offset the sweetness of the dried cranberries, but I didn’t have to add much at all. I also didn’t realize how quickly sweet potatoes cook. This is Thanksgiving in a bowl. The poultry seasoning and sage really made it smell and taste great.

  15. Recipes permalink
    April 15, 2014 5:56 am

    hmmm good recipe

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