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Zesty Turkey Tomato Soup

This chunky soup from Katherine Preiss of Penfield, Pennsylvania is full of flavor...and zip! “If you don’t want as much heat, you can eliminate the jalapeno pepper,” she notes. “To make it vegetarian, I omit the turkey and add a small can of garbanzo beans in the last few minutes of cooking.”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper, optional
  • Shredded fat-free cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a large saucepan, cook the turkey, zucchini and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the broth, tomatoes, pasta, basil, cumin, pepper and jalapeno if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 13-15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Garnish with cheese if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 143 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • lmermi
    Nov 28, 2015

    I doubled with the recipe. I also added 1/3 bag frozen corn. I used 28 oz of diced tomatoes rather than Mexican tomatoes and 32 oz turkey broth. Very tasty.

  • Zombiebaby
    Feb 23, 2012

    I had a pound of ground turkey to use and didn't want to refreeze 3/4 of it so I used it all and just added more of the rest of the ingredients. It came out great and it's very good. It has a slightly spicy after flavor so the "zesty"ness of it isn't overwhelming at all for those who steer clear of spicy food. I made this using gluten free spiral noodles and chicken broth and I will definitely make it again.

  • dana.mints
    Dec 29, 2011

    I really like this soup. I just made it, and it is still sitting on the stove. I doubled the recipe, and it is excellent. I did not add any jalapeno because it already has great flavor and just enough spice for me without it.

  • charlie1az
    Oct 18, 2011

    I really liked this soup , But I had to change the pasta to white, as Whole wheat is not good for by kidneys.

  • mnexus
    Aug 23, 2009

    I made this for a pot luck at work and everyone really enjoyed. My kids were upset with me for taking it to work so I have to go and get more ing. to make at home.