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Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup

The perfect use for leftover turkey and vegetables. This “throw it all in the pot” soup is full of flavor, with just a bit of spice.

Peruvian Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Peruvian Roots.

Growing up my husband’s family owned a bakery in Peru. Located in Lima, they sold more than just bread and pastries, they also sold meals, like Arroz con Pollo, and around the holidays, turkeys. Turkey is traditionally the main protein at a Christmas feast in Peru. My husband raves about his mom’s roasted turkey, but what he speaks about more is the soup that they would have the day after Christmas, using up all the turkey leftovers. Aguadito de Pavo brings about fond memories in our house. This Thanksgiving we had a lot of leftover turkey, and we knew that this was the perfect soup to make with it and we didn’t have to make any adjustments to make it gluten-free, which is always a plus!

Aguadito de Pavo is a luscious soup made with turkey stock and cilantro, loaded with shredded turkey, vegetables, and rice. Click To Tweet

One Pot.

The wonderful thing about this soup, is it really is you can use what you have on hand. It is a great use for that wonderful stock you (hopefully) made with the leftover turkey bones. Throw in some torn up turkey, cooked rice, vegetables and cilantro and you have a wonderful hearty meal. A word of warning, if you are not using your own homemade turkey stock, be sure to read the label and make sure the turkey stock you are using is gluten-free. They like to hide gluten in stocks and broths. If you are unsure of what to look for, sign up for our Guide to Gluten at the Grocery Store and you’ll get a super easy to use cheat sheet.

Peruvian Turkey and Vegetable Soup

It wouldn’t be Peruvian if there wasn’t just a bit of spice!

There are two main types of pepper pastes we use a lot of at our house.

Aji Amarillo- spicy and a bit sweet

Aji Panca- Smoky, berry like taste.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that in Peruvian recipes a common spice is Aji Amarillo. A paste made of yellow pepper. For this recipe we also Aji Panca. This is another type of pepper. The great thing about these spices is that you can alter the amount of kick my adjusting how much of each you use. If you like it a little spicy, feel free to add some more. These pastes are available at local grocery store in many areas, but can also easily be ordered from Amazon. They have so many uses, you definitely want to keep them around.

Aguadito de Pavo is the ultimate in Peruvian comfort food. Next time you have turkey, be sure to make some of this amazing soup. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy Gluten-Free Eating!

Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup

Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup
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A traditional Peruvian Soup made with leftover turkey, cilantro, vegetables, and rice.


  • 11 cups Gluten-Free Turkey Stock
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp aji amarillo
  • 1/2 tsp aji panca
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen veggies
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked turkey
  • 2 cups cooked white rice

  1. Blend one cup turkey broth with one cup cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to soup pot and heat over medium heat.
  3. Add diced onion, minced garlic, aji amarillo, and aji panca. Saute until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add cilantro broth mixture. Stir
  5. Add the rest of the broth, frozen veggies, turkey, and white rice.
  6. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice pops.

Yield: 6-8 Servings
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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    November 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    What a great way to use up leftover turkey! Will have to try this!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    November 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    What a fabulous dish for left over turkey.. This looks like the perfect soup when it’s cold outside

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    Bri
    November 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

    I’m ALL about soup right now – and I love everything spicy. This one seems to hit the spot on both. Thanks so much for sharing this fab recipe!

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    jayne
    November 27, 2016 at 1:10 am

    This soup looks so hearty and full of flavour! great recipe thanks for sharing!

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    Shinee
    November 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Love one pot dinners, especially made of leftovers!!! I have to admit I’ve never had Peruvian food, so I’m excited to give this a try.

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    Paige Strand
    November 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Wow I’d love to try this! I’ll make it for next weekend and let you know how it goes 🙂

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    Karyn
    November 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Oh I love love this.. this is the perfect recipe to use left-over turkey after Christmas. I have never used these kinds of spices before so I can’t wait to try this. I think it would be a big hit with my kids

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    November 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Perfect recipe for all that leftover turkey from christmas or thanksgiving 🙂

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    Jazz
    November 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Yum! This is perfect for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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    Tiffany
    November 26, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This looks so delicious, comforting, and savory. Can’t wait to make this and cozy up to it next week when it’s snowing!!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    October 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, this looks perfect for leftover turkey! I think I know what I’m making after thanksgiving this year!

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    Platter Talk
    October 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Very nice recipe and pictures. Looking forward to trying this recipe out- love the cilantro with the turkey combination.

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    lisa | Garlic + Zest
    July 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This gorgeous soup is exactly what I want to eat for dinner! I can only imagine the savory flavors — will definitely have to give this one a try.

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      Amanda
      July 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It’s delicious!

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    Erica D.
    June 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Like others, I have not used these spices. But they sound so appealing! Bookmarking this for after the holidays. I’m sick of traditional turkey noodle soup!

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      Amanda
      June 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Great! I hope you enjoy!

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    Fareeha
    December 10, 2015 at 1:45 am

    This just looks like a perfect soup for the cold wintery months

    • Reply
      Amanda
      December 10, 2015 at 6:22 am

      Thanks! It is delicious and will warm you right up.

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    Farida
    December 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Love this delicious and healthy soup, love his smart use of leftover!

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    Lyndsay
    December 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’m really excited to make this soup. My husband LOVES cilantro and he’s a big soup guy. It looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing 😀

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      Amanda
      December 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I love cilantro as well, I hope you enjoy!

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    Lisa @ Low Carb Yum
    December 4, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I always check for gluten and carbs in prepared stock as you never what’s added. I love how you kicked up the spices compared to plain turkey soup. Will have to try it out next time we have a bunch of leftovers.

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      Amanda
      December 4, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Gluten is so tricky! It just doesn’t make sense the things they add it to. We love spices around here and all of our traditional recipes use a lot of them!

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    Mark, CompassandFork
    December 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

    We spent 2 wonderful months in Peru and really enjoyed the food. Your soup looks divine and can’t wait to make it. Next month we are featuring our own Peruvian recipes, although no soups like this one. Nice job!

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      Amanda
      December 4, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Peru is such a wonderful country and the food is amazing! I feel very blessed to have married into a Peruvian family that loves to cook. I have several other Peruvian recipes up on the blog and will be adding more. Looking forward to checking out your recipes next month!

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    Sarah - Live Eat Learn
    December 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    This looks so cozy 🙂 And Arroz con Pollo was the best meal I had while I was in Peru! Bought it as a little street vendor in Cusco, it was to die for!

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      Amanda
      December 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Thanks! Arroz con Pollo is definitely one of my favorite meals. Cusco is fun as well, we stayed there a few years ago while going to Machu Pichu!

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    Esther
    December 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    This looks so yummy! I just used up my leftover turkey the other night but I am totally going to pin this and come back to it. I LOVE anything with cilantro.

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      Amanda
      December 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      We are finally out of turkey as well! I am thinking about trying it out with leftover chicken breast next!

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    Fatima
    December 3, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This looks fab! What a winter treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try.

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      Amanda
      December 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Enjoy! Let me know how it comes out!

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    Laura | Petite Allergy Treats
    December 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Mmm, the color is amazing on this soup! I can almost smell the spices in here. One pot meals are the best!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      December 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I love one pot meals as well! Dishes are not my friend 🙂

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    Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva
    December 3, 2015 at 12:07 am

    YEs! I love the addition of cilantro in this! I have never tried the various pimientos….now I am curious!!

    • Reply
      Amanda
      December 3, 2015 at 6:57 am

      They are so good and versatile. ..we use them in almost everything we make!

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