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Ground Turkey Soup

Ground Turkey & Garden Vegetable Soup Recipe from Allergy Free Alaska

When I need a nourishing bowl of warm comfort food, this Ground Turkey Soup is what I make. With flavorful ground turkey, tangy tomatoes, fiber rich veggies, and protein packed quinoa, it’s a staple meal in our house. I make it at least 2-3 times a month, even my kiddos devour it. 

The story behind this ground turkey soup

This recipe is adapted from a recipe my grandma used to make me as a child whenever I went back to Michigan to visit. I always looked forward to and requested gram’s famous “Diet Soup.”I don’t know if that was really what it was called, or if that’s just what my mom and I referred to it as. It was my comfort food from gram. 

I’ve been struggling to post this recipe, because of its emotional ties. I finally photographed the soup yesterday and decided I would post the recipe today. This morning I logged into Facebook and realized that gram passed away 2 years ago, to the day (thank you, Facebook memories). When I realized that, I was blow away by the timing – how everything fell into place on this day of all days.

While I don’t necessarily believe in coincidences, I do believe that sometimes God gives us small gifts like this when we lose a loved one, just to remind us everything is okay.

Today’s gift made me smile. 

Grandma loved me and she loved her family. I will forever remember her with curlers in her hair, painted nails, and screwdrivers before bedtime. I miss her.

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Gram’s version of this soup was a little different than mine. She used barley instead of quinoa, and she always added corn and a can of rinsed butter beans (which I haven’t been able to find here in our Alaskan grocery stores, but if you have them on hand, feel free to add them).

Switch it up: ground turkey soup

That’s the beauty of this recipe, it’s really versatile. You can easily swap out the veggies for what’s in season, or with what you have an abundance of. Zucchini, fresh tomatoes instead of canned, corn (if you tolerate it), bell or sweet peppers, potatoes, etc.

If you do make substitutions though, I don’t recommend omitting the cabbage. It adds a special richness to the broth and makes this soup extra special. 

Love, from my kitchen to yours. I hope you enjoy this gluten-free soup as much as my family does! 
xoxo,

MeganGround Turkey & Garden Vegetable Soup from Allergy Free Alaska

Ground Turkey and Garden Vegetable Soup Recipe from Allergy Free Alaska

Ground Turkey Soup Recipe:

Ground Turkey Soup

Ground Turkey Soup

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

When I need a nourishing bowl of warm comfort food, this Ground Turkey Soup is what I make. With flavorful ground turkey, tangy tomatoes, fiber rich veggies, and protein packed quinoa, it’s a staple meal in our house.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or ghee, or coconut oil)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 1/3 cup fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 14 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 large handfuls of green beans (fresh or frozen, roughly 2 cups)
  • 1 smallish head of cabbage, chopped
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in an 8-quart stockpot over high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
  2. Add the chopped sweet onion, peeled and chopped carrots, 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, dried parsley, dried Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the canned diced tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover, return heat to high, and add the peas, green beans, and cabbage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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Ashleigh

Thursday 17th of August 2017

My daughter is allergic to quinoa. Would barley or rice be treated similarly in the recipe? 1/2 a cup added I'm thinking when the broth is added and perhaps simmer longer? I've never been a fan of my soups with rice, I must do something incorrectly! I just made a huge amount of chicken broth so this soup will be perfect for these rainy Alaskan nights! Thank you!

Megan

Sunday 20th of August 2017

Hi Ashleigh, Yes, barley would be treated similarly in the recipe (add it at the same time you would the quinoa). It's been so long since I've cooked barley though (it contains gluten, which I can't have), if memory serves me correctly, the barley may take an additional 5-10 mins of cooking. ;) If you go the rice route, try cooking it separately from the soup. Add it to individual bowls, then spoon the soup/broth on top. It doesn't get mushy that way!

TheGwadd

Tuesday 27th of June 2017

O.M.G.!!!!! this is hands down the best soup I have had. Thank you for sharing!

Danielle

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Is it really 14 cups of broth?

Megan

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Yes, this makes a big pot of soup. If you don't want such a big batch, try halving the recipe.

Annie Wheaton-Kenner

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

I just found your recipe and it sounds so delicious that I, am excited to try it. I love Turkey and Qunioa so much eat it alot and on so much of my meals. We eat soups all year long and haven't been on my Gluten Free Diet, but about 4 months so I'm always looking for new recipes. Thanx you so much.

Nutmeg Nanny

Thursday 30th of June 2016

This soup is pure comfort! Love the combination of turkey and quinoa!