This ground turkey soup is bursting with lemony and herby flavors, and it's loaded with nutritious greens. You can make it as a light, brothy soup or a thicker stew-like dish, depending on what you like. It's a comforting, flavorful, and easy one-pot meal, ideal for winter.
Ground Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe
This easy homemade ground turkey soup features tender meat with plenty of fresh veggies, white beans and pantry basics. You can customize it with your favorite veggies, broth, and seasonings.
The best part? This soup is quick to make and stays good for a while! Unlike recipes calling for pre-cooked turkey, this soup is perfect when you have ground turkey to use up from your fridge.
😍 Why You'll Love This Ground Turkey Soup
- It's packed with hearty turkey flavor in a tasty broth.
- It's a great source of protein and fiber.
- You can easily customize it, store leftovers, and even freeze for later!
✅ You'll Need
- Ground Turkey: You can use ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork, or even plant-based ground meat alternatives like Beyond Meat or tofu crumbles if you prefer.
- Onion: If you don't have a fresh onion, use onion powder or frozen diced onions.
- Carrot: Feel free to use frozen diced carrots if fresh ones aren't available. You can also add other vegetables like bell peppers, celery, or peas.
- Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is best, but you can use garlic powder as a substitute (⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder as a substitute for each clove of garlic).
- Fresh Ginger: If you don't have fresh ginger, resort to ground ginger. Use about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of ground ginger per tablespoon of fresh ginger.
- Flour (optional): Helps to thicken the soup slightly. If you're following a gluten-free diet, you can use a gluten-free flour blend or omit it altogether for a thinner consistency.
- Tomato Paste: You can use tomato sauce as a substitute. It will provide a similar tomato flavor.
- Ground Cumin: Adds a warm, earthy flavor. If you don't have ground cumin, use ground coriander.
- Red Chili Flakes (optional): Add a touch of heat to the soup. Adjust the quantity to your taste or omit them if you prefer a milder soup.
- White Beans: Cannellini beans or navy beans are commonly used, but you can substitute with other white beans like Great Northern beans.
- Chicken Stock: Vegetable broth or water with bouillon cubes are suitable substitutes for chicken stock.
- Kale: You can also use spinach, Swiss chard, or collard greens. Choose your favorite leafy green or what you have on hand.
- Fresh Parsley or Cilantro: Use parsley for a milder, fresh taste or cilantro for a more vibrant, herbaceous flavor.
- Fresh Lemon Juice: It adds brightness and acidity to the soup. You can adjust the amount to your taste.
🔪 How to Make This Ground Turkey Soup
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat for about a minute.
Add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat it until it becomes hot, which takes about 30 seconds.
Add the ground turkey to the pot and cook it, breaking it apart as it cooks. Keep cooking until it's done, which usually takes about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the cooked turkey from the pot and set it aside for later use.
In the same pot over medium heat, add the remaining oil, along with the onions and carrots. Cook until they become soft and the edges turn brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook until they become fragrant, about 1 minute.
If you're using flour, stir it into the mixture and continue cooking for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, cumin, chili flakes, and salt to the mixture. Stir everything together until it's well combined.
Add the white beans into the pot.
Slowly pour in the chicken broth a little at a time, while stirring continuously. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Put the cooked meat back into the pot. Partially cover the pot and let it cook for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Add the kale and keep cooking until it wilts, which usually takes about 5 minutes.
Mix the herbs and lemon juice into the pot.
Taste the broth and adjust the flavor by adding more salt, cumin, and lemon as necessary until it has a lively and bright taste.
- Store: Leftover ground turkey soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Reheat: Place the leftovers in a pot on the stove or in bowls in the microwave for individual portions.
- Freeze: You can also freeze the soup for up to 2 months. To use it, thaw it in the refrigerator, on the stovetop, or in the microwave.
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