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Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup

The blend of flavors and colors in this hearty soup will bring everyone at the table back for more. —Charlotte Welch, Utica, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 teaspoons sodium-free chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large saucepan, saute the onions, carrots, celery and red pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the water, tomatoes, peas, bay leaf, bouillon, basil, thyme, cumin, pepper and, if desired, pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Stir orzo and turkey into soup; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with cilantro.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth, water or milk if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 191 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • lynwell
    Dec 16, 2015

    Really awesome soup, I've been making for years! Can use chicken breast or turkey. I leave out the hot sauce and the cilantro, and it still has a nice little kick to it.

  • chris_giles18
    Feb 24, 2015

    This was super tasty and had a nice kick to it. I added an extra 1/2 cup of water and cooked the orzo in the soup. Will definitely be making again.

  • lmmanda
    Jul 12, 2014

    Very good soup. I added sweet potato to it.

  • loveandrespect
    Jan 22, 2013

    My family said this was the best Turkey Soup they have ever had, I agree!

  • jjvoyageur
    Sep 26, 2012

    No comment left

  • daynaklein
    Aug 10, 2012

    NOW A GO-TO FOR US....We call it "the best soup ever!!"

  • grrljp
    Feb 21, 2012

    very good! I substitute pot barley or quinoa for the orzo for added whole grains

  • montana20
    Dec 15, 2011

    So good Easy to sub in chicken as well. Great flavor, a hint of spice is a great addition.

  • cody8381
    Nov 27, 2011

    Delicious!! Very hearty, excellent flavor. Made this for a family gathering and everyone loved it! Definitely going in my recipe collection!!

  • diligentfrog
    Nov 11, 2011

    My whole family LOVED this soup. Delicious! Will be placing this in my recipe book for use again!