Minestrone with Turkey
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
Makes6 servings (2 quarts)
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese): 172 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.
Nov 26, 2018
I used some leftover turkey to make this delicious soup. I followed the recipe exactly except I used about 1 1/2 cups turkey instead of just one cup. Next time I make it I think I'll add some rinsed and drained kidney beans or garbanzo beans. This is a wonderful brothy soup .... five stars for sure!
Jan 16, 2017
This was very good. I used normandy blend frozen veggies and a mixed frozen veggies just because it was what I had on hand and half a can of green beans as well. Didn't have the zucchini. Despite all of this it turned out very yummy!
Jan 10, 2016
Excellent soup! Thank you "nataliepooh" for the broth recipe--it's really good!
Jan 16, 2014
This soup is very good! Even my young daughter enjoyed it! I used canned vegetables instead of frozen, but the soup had plenty of flavor. It's great for a chilly night! I'll be making this one again!
Jan 20, 2012
I like a lot of veggies so I added the kidney beans AND garbanzo beans. I used canned chicken broth (I had cooked the turkey before I got this recipe and the juice was long gone) and it was still delicious! With a loaf of home made bread, a great way to use leftover turkey.
Jul 10, 2010
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.
Feb 22, 2009
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.
Apr 10, 2008
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.