Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup Recipe
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Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 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

Nutritional 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: 1 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 0 fat.


  1. 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 pepper sauce if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. 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.
    Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p61

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lynwell 239539
Reviewed 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 221266
Reviewed 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 123115
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"Very good soup. I added sweet potato to it."

loveandrespect 194253
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

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

daynaklein 149437
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

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

grrljp 194245
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

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

montana20 190605
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

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

cody8381 193156
Reviewed 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 123112
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

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

gwendolynh 177756
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"yum...simmering on the stove right now. I can't wait for dinner. The broth is delicous. I left the peas out in hopes my teenager will eat it too!"

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