A few weeks ago when we did our Q and A post there were a few overwhelming requests via comments and email. Specifically we had tons of requests for Soups, low-budget meals, quick and easy meals, and low-cal options. This one gets 4 for 4! And actually, the other big request was slow-cooker meals, and you could totally put this in a crock pot so I’ll give myself 5 points for this one.

I have a soup that I love that’s made with Italian turkey sausage, fresh herbs, fresh tomatoes, etc. A few weeks ago when I was craving it, but out of ingredients, I decided it was a good time to give it a make-under to see if I could come up with something equally delish, but less expensive, quicker, and a little healthier. Instead of turkey sausage, I just used ground turkey and seasoned it. Ground turkey is super lean and you can buy it in bulk and freeze for lots of budget friendly meals. Using dried herbs and canned tomatoes make it so fast to put together. You can literally have it done in 20 minutes start to finish. The finished soup also freezes well.

Now the really funny thing about this soup. Kate noticed the title of it on the schedule we share and asked what I had put in it because she had made an Italian Turkey soup on that same night. As we both spouted out our methods, we laughed realizing we had come up with the exact same thing! We really do share a brain, lol.



  1. Yum! This was seriously so good–like really, really good minestrone. In addition to the other spices, I mixed the turkey with Italian sausage seasoning from http://www.penzeys.com and I used 2 cans of drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans), but yeah, pretty much the same recipe!!

  2. Mmm, this sounds so yummy! This will be right up there with Kate’s Tortellini Soup (one of my all time favorites). I will definitely make this as soon as my kids get over the flu bug. Thanks!

  3. Yum! We loved the chipotle chili, by the way (Nate calls it Chipotle Mole’ because of the chocolate). This soup looks like it will be a hit too.

    Mmmmm fresh parmesan. . .

  4. Hey Sara,
    I liked this soup so much I put a post on my blog about it 🙂 Loved the white chicken chili too. Haven’t tried the chipotle chili yet. But am intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I know that this is probably written somewhere, but how many does this recipe serve? I’m looking to feed 7 people, so I’m just wondering if I should double the recipe.

  6. I can’t believe this only has 16 comments; Maybe because it is from so long ago. This soup is wonderful!!! I have made this a couple of times and have really enjoyed it. Today I made it with kale instead of spinach. Superb!

  7. We love this soup, it has a permanent spot in the fall/winter dinner rotations (or on cold rainy May days like today). Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. This was soo good! Even my husband liked it and he doesnt really care for soup. Thank you so much for all your great recipes. They make my life easier!

    1. I cooked the entire recipe from start-to-finish, then threw it in a freezer bag. I’ve had some since then and it was delicious. Months later, I’m making my second batch as we speak.

  9. I mostly never comment on recipes but I need to with this one. It’s so simple. But most importantly so DELICIOUS! It took me bynsurpri

  10. This can be rather variable in the crockpot–I’d most likely undertake it regarding 8 a long time on low or perhaps 4-6 on high. Thanks 🙂

  11. Cold rainy June day! It’s a soup day. I used hamburger since I didn’t have any ground turkey and was yummy!! Thanks:-)

  12. I just wanted to tell you that over the years I’ve made this soup several times. I made it again last week doubling the batch as my kids were fighting over who got to take the leftovers for lunch and I like having leftover for my own lunch as a filling, healthy at home lunch I look forward to. My husband even commented on how much he liked it–which is saying a lot on the nights I’m cooking recipes to fill us more with lean proteins and veggies than amazing flavor. Somehow this does both! This is just an all around tasty, healthy, easy-to-make soup. Doesn’t get much better than that! Thank you!

  13. Just made this and yum!! I finely chopped leftover turkey and added it after the garlic and onions were done. It was delish!!

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