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Turkey Pasta Soup

This quick soup has such a great flavor that everyone I've shared it with has added the recipe to her list of favorites. It also simmers up well in a slow cooker.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large stock pot, cook turkey, onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and add to the soup. Cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 211 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 868mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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  • debbieddouglas
    Jun 1, 2015

    I followed the recipe pretty much as given but did not add the fennel. All the seasonings are overpowering the flavor of the soup. I will make it again as I am always looking for recipes with ground turkey but will cut back on the seasonings.

  • hotfudgesundae
    Feb 19, 2015

    Very tasty soup, just perfect for this extremely cold weather we've been having. This recipe worked well in the crockpot. Made a few substitutions: cut-up turkey rather than ground turkey, broth from the roasted turkey in place of the canned chicken broth. Will make this again!

  • shecooksalot
    Nov 21, 2013

    An easy and flavorful soup that really hits the spot. Instead of the white kidney or cannellini beans suggested, I substituted navy beans (the most similar bean that I had on hand). I really enjoyed the flavor and next time I think I will use bulk turkey sausage instead of ground turkey, similar to what hchambers did, because I think that will just really enhance the flavor.

  • hchambers
    Jun 18, 2013

    This was delicious. I did not add the fennel and reduced the turkey to 1/2lb and added a 1/2lb of ground sausage to the soup as well as some zucchini. This is a versatile recipe and can be adjusted to your family's tastes.

  • hchambers
    Jun 18, 2013

    This is a very flavorful soup and quite versatile. I did not add the fennel and used Italian seasoning as opposed to the individual spices. I also reduced the turkey to 1/2lb and used 1/2lb of ground sausage which was very tasty. This is a great recipe that can easily be adjusted to your family's tastes.

  • tigergal01
    Dec 31, 2011

    This has been a family favorite for over 8 yrs. It's wonderful in the crockpot, and freezes well, too! What a tasty meal to walk in and smell on a cold winter evening!

  • KMac0910
    Oct 12, 2011

    Dinner is especially challenging after working all day and coming home to hungry kids and husband. This soup was so easy to throw together and the best part was that the ingredients are mostly pantry items I had on hand. It was hearty, flavorful and delicious. Seal of approval from my hungry troops! Another bonus is I now have a new ground turkey recipe to add to my repertoire as I am trying to use less red meat and more lean protein.

  • Cameron0232
    Dec 28, 2010

    Absolutely Delicious!!I didn't use the fennel seed

  • Amy the Midwife
    Nov 26, 2010

    I browned a little bit of pork sausage (1/4 lb or so) with the onions and garlic, then deglazed with about 1/3 c. of white wine. After that I added our leftover turkey and remaining ingredients, minus the fennel. Very good. The sausage kicked up the flavor a notch.

  • cheeriogirl
    Mar 23, 2010

    I actually left the fennel out, but after reading these reviews, I think I'll put it in next time. I thought it was good even without. I put in extra garlic and decreased the oregano a bit. Also left out the extra salt.