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This simple homemade ground turkey soup recipe combines tender meat with lots of fresh produce and pantry staples for a comforting, cozy meal. Ground turkey vegetable soup has a similar flavor to my stuffed pepper soup and perfect for customizing with your favorite veggies, broth and seasonings.
Best of all? Soup with ground turkey cooks fast and stores well! Instead of using precooked turkey like my leftover turkey soup, this is the perfect healthy soup recipe when you have ground meat in the fridge to use up.
Why You’ll Love This Ground Turkey Soup Recipe
- Meaty turkey flavor in a roasted tomato broth
- Stove to table in 30 minutes
- Rich in protein and fiber
- Healthy and gluten-free
- Easy to customize, store, and freeze
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for ground turkey vegetable soup, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Olive Oil – This recipe uses extra virgin olive oil, but use any cooking oil you like.
- Ground Turkey – Choose any level of leanness you prefer.
- Diced Vegetables – I use diced yellow onion and an orange bell pepper, but you can swap in whichever kind of onions and peppers you like best.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic tastes best, or use jarred minced garlic to save time.
- Italian Seasoning – Make it at home for fresher taste, or use store-bought seasoning. You can also substitute poultry seasoning instead.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Fire Roasted Tomatoes – With lightly charred skins, fire-roasted tomatoes bring a mild, caramelized sweetness to this soup. Be sure to add the whole can, including the liquid. Regular canned diced tomatoes would work as a substitute, but fire-roasted tastes best.
- Canned Chickpeas – I prefer chickpeas over standard noodles in this soup because they hold up better and are a healthier choice. Drain and rinse first. You can omit them for a low carb option.
- Chicken Broth – This recipe uses low sodium broth since I can adjust the salt content elsewhere in the recipe. You can also use homemade bone broth or vegetable broth.
- Aromatic Herbs – Bay leaf for light flavor, and optional fresh parsley to garnish.
How To Make Ground Turkey Soup
This section shows how to make soup with ground turkey, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Brown turkey. In a Dutch oven, cook ground turkey in oil until no longer pink.
- Saute vegetables. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper. Saute until the onions and peppers soften.
- Combine. Pour in the fire roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, and broth. Add bay leaf.
- Simmer. Bring the ground turkey soup with vegetables to a boil and then simmer until flavors develop. Discard bay leaf and garnish, if desired.
- Change the meat – Ground turkey in soup tastes great, but you can easily substitute other meats. Try ground beef, chicken, or even sausage with casings removed.
- Ground turkey rice soup – After simmering, add up to 1 cup of white rice to the pot and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
- Add or swap vegetables – Try celery, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, or even a bag of frozen veggies. Add any to the pot during simmering and cook until tender. Add leafy greens (such as spinach) to wilt in the pot just before serving.
- Swap beans – Trade chickpeas for your favorite drained and rinsed beans. You could also use potatoes instead of beans and just simmer until they are tender.
- Store: Leftover ground turkey soup can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
- Reheat: Place leftovers in a pot and reheat on the stove, or in bowls in the microwave for single portions.
- Freeze: Store soup in the freezer up to 2 months. Thaw from frozen, on the stovetop, or in the microwave.
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Ground Turkey Soup (30 Minutes!)
This ground turkey soup recipe with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers is easy and ready in just 30 minutes. Warm, healthy, and comforting!
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Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and cook for 5-8 minutes, until no longer pink.
Stir in the onions, bell peppers, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, until the onions and peppers start to soften.
Pour in fire-roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, and chicken broth. Add the bay leaf.
Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the flavors develop to your liking.
Remove and discard the bay leaf. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
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