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A bowl of hearty ground turkey soup with a side of fresh bread.

Ground Turkey Soup

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Lemony, herby ground turkey soup, with greens. Customizable from brothy to stew-like. Cozy, flavorful, and easy one-pot winter meal.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons flour, optional (if you prefer a slightly thicker consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste


  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat for about a minute. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat it until it becomes hot, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the ground turkey to the pot and cook, breaking it apart as it cooks. Continue cooking until it is done, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the pot and set it aside for later use.
  • In the same pot over medium heat, add the remaining oil, onions and  carrots. Cook until they become soft and brown at the edges, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. If you are 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. Stir everything together until well combined.
  • Add the white beans into the pot.
  • Gradually add the chicken broth in small splashes, making sure to stir continuously as you do so. Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Return the cooked meat to the pot. Partially cover it and let it cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the kale and continue cooking until it wilts, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently stir the herbs and lemon juice into the pot.
  • Taste the broth and adjust the flavor by adding more salt, cumin, and lemon as needed until it has a lively and bright taste.
  • When serving, you can sprinkle more red-pepper flakes.
  • Enjoy!


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.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Soup recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 189 kcal
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 1195 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Cholesterol: 28 mg

Keywords: ground turkey soup, ground turkey soup with vegetables