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Turkey and Vegetable Barley Soup

Using ingredients on hand, I stirred up this turkey and veggie-packed soup. If you have them, corn, beans and celery are great here, too. —Lisa Wiger, St. Michael, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion; cook and stir until carrots are crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in barley and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until carrots and barley are tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir in turkey, spinach and pepper; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 208 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 662mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Tracy
    Oct 25, 2020

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  • annrms
    Jan 1, 2018

    I used homemade broth and added a can of diced tomatoes and a can of white beans. This is a quick and tasty soup perfect for a warming and hearty lunch.

  • az_jill
    Aug 19, 2017

    Easy, tasty and healthy, something that you can feel good about eating. Great ingredient that you substitute with what you have, but I made as written except for using pearl barley that I made the day before. Dh & I declared this a keeper and will save it for Thanksgiving leftover turkey. Thanks Lisa, a real winner!

  • jwagner2401
    Apr 7, 2016

    This was an easy and tasty soup to make! A great way to use up leftover turkey. Even my picky daughter liked it.

  • mkaskela
    Dec 8, 2015

    Great flavor! I doubled the batch and it was a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

  • DianeC23
    Nov 13, 2015

    Very tasty and quick to make. I used leftover chicken, since I didn't have any turkey, but it was good. I also added a touch of minced garlic with the onions and carrots. Everyone liked it, and we'll be making it again! Perfect on a cool fall evening!

  • Jarvisfamily
    Oct 6, 2015

    This was tasty soup. I used chicken breast & regular pearl barley instead. I didn't want to buy turkey and I don't really like the quick barley. Will make again with some added vegetables.