Minestrone with Turkey Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, sliced
- 1 celery rib, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth or homemade turkey stock
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2/3 cup each frozen peas, corn and cut green beans, thawed
- 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup cubed cooked turkey
- 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- 1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth, vegetables, macaroni and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until macaroni is al dente. Stir in turkey and zucchini; cook until zucchini is crisp-tender. Discard bay leaf. If desired, sprinkle servings with cheese.
Freeze option: Transfer cooled soup to freezer container and freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
1-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese): 172 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.
Reviews for Minestrone with Turkey
"Excellent soup! Thank you "nataliepooh" for the broth recipe--it's really good!"
"I submitted this recipe, and TOH did not include my recipe for homemade turkey stock, which is really what makes this soup so good. I boil a turkey carcass with 4 C water, 2 carrots, 2 celery, 1 onion, 1 lg. clove garlic, 1 parsley sprig, 1 bay leaf, 2 t. dried basil and 1 t. dried thyme. Boil until meat falls off bones, then strain and use in minestrone."
"I was disappointed, not much flavor when I followed the recipe. Added some hot sauce and some canned tomato soup along with additional seasoning and it helped some."
"This was excellent. I used homemade turkey stock and I think that is the key to this recipe turning out so well. Next time I will add more noodles than called for."