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Hearty Turkey Vegetable Soup

I found this recipe on the Internet, but it was too high in fat. After experimenting, I created a more nutritious version, I often double this chili-like soup to freeze or to share with friends. —Julie Anderson of Bloomington, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (3-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1-inch julienne strips
  • 3 cans (14 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) garden-style pasta sauce or meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked small shell pasta


  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add zucchini and carrot; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, pasta sauce, beans, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, pepper and hot pepper sauce.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Just before serving, stir in pasta.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 242 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 888mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • ReinaW
    Oct 16, 2019

    My husband LOVES this soup. I make it 2 to 3 times a year. It's so easy and inexpensive to make! The recipe makes enough to have today with plenty to have the next day. It's super filling, too. For the 1st time, I added turmeric for extra health benefits! Its was just a good as times before.

  • Amy
    Mar 4, 2017

    I've been making this for years. Sometimes I leave out the zucchini or I put it in towards the end. My whole family loves it, including one of my sons who is a picky eater. Anyone I've served it to has loved it! It's a great recipe! It's also easy to make.

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 20, 2014

    I thought this soup was really tasty. It was also very easy to put together. I did use homemade beans to cut down on the sodium and used a large can of spaghetti sauce verses the jar of spaghetti sauce and still found that there was plenty of flavor. We will be making this one again.

  • ejt325
    Oct 2, 2012

    I do have high standards when it comes to home-made soup, but this was atrocious!

  • lakeplace
    Oct 15, 2011

    This was sooooo delicious and flavorful! I used 1/2 lb Italian Turkey Sausage for half of the ground turkey and it had a little extra punch. Delicious!

  • sluggbugg
    Jan 20, 2011

    very good everyone liked it.I made it with only one little change that was I use watkins beef base insted of beef broth. it has more flaver and little sodium and it's powder so it last longer.the one thing I didn't like was the zucchini it got mushie. I took it out . the second time I made it I left out the zucchini we liked it just as well. will make agaen.

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    Dec 16, 2005

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