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: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 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, if desired, pepper sauce. 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 User ID: 3782258 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 User ID: 2108383 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 User ID: 1101093 123115
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

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

loveandrespect User ID: 7098637 194253
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

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

daynaklein User ID: 6139628 149437
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

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

grrljp User ID: 3086268 194245
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

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

montana20 User ID: 4997776 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 User ID: 5789328 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 User ID: 569604 123112
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

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

gwendolynh User ID: 6194332 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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