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Tuscan Turkey Vegetable Soup



Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday shared with family and friends.  It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone.  With each new year many of us turn to resolutions only to be forgotten within weeks of making them.  Mine is always pretty much the same – stay healthy and fit by eating well, exercising and enjoying life to the fullest.

If we make a conscious effort, our goals truly are not difficult to maintain.  Most of all be happy – laugh a lot and share life with those you love and care about.  Be kind and treat others as you would like them to treat you.

I’m looking forward to the 2013 especially since 2012 didn’t end too well for me.  I literally spent from December 23rd through today in bed and still not 100%.  First with food poisoning then later turning into bronchitis.  I’ve not been a happy camper and still weak and sluggish.  Hopefully by the weekend I’ll be up and about like normal.

Fortunately the recipe I’m sharing with you today is one I made just before Christmas.  It’s delicious and hearty, and perfect for the cold weather we’re having here in the Midwest.  I think you’ll like it.  Serve with some warm crostini or loaf of Tuscan bread and you’ve got a comforting meal to warm and nourish you.

Gather up your ingredients today for a simple yet hearty dinner tonight.  Here’s the recipe……..

Tuscan Turkey Vegetable Soup

Yield: 4 Servings


1 pound ground turkey breast


2 cups onions, diced

1 cup celery, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

1 cup carrots, diced

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (I used button mushrooms)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced

32 oz. low sodium chicken broth

15 oz. can tomato sauce

15 oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 cup dry whole grain penne pasta

2 cups fresh spinach, packed

1/4-1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Non-Stick Spray



  1. Spray a large stock pot with non-stick spray and cook ground turkey breast breaking up pieces and stirring until cooked and no longer pink.
  2. Add Mirepoix and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, about 3 additional minutes.
  3. Add broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes with their juices; heat to boiling.  Stir in dry pasta; reduce heat and simmer until pasta is al dente, about 9-10 minutes (see box for directions).
  4. Add spinach and stir until wilted.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano over top. Serve with crostini or loaf of Tuscan bread.





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22 Responses to “Tuscan Turkey Vegetable Soup”

  1. Kitchen Riffs — January 2, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    So sorry to hear you’ve been sick! There’s some kind of nasty cold/cough that’s been going around that really seems to linger. Anyway, this is a terrific looking soup! I make tons of soup in cold weather, and this looks like a particularly tasty one. Thanks. I hope you get better and have a great New Year!

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      Thanks John. I feel like I’m on the mend. Hope you like the soup if you try it.

      Happy New Year!

  2. Lizzy Do — January 3, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Gosh, I’m sorry you’re still not 100%, Vicki! This soup looks excellent…I have some leftover turkey which I could use instead of ground turkey. YUM (and perfect for this COLD weather we’re having).

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      You definitely could use leftover turkey and make it heartier. Hope you enjoy it. Happy New year!

  3. Eha — January 4, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    That delightful, filling and healthy vegetable base methinks allows other ‘proteins’ to be used also. Have some chicken stock just waiting for this in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch! Hope you are slowly improving: the food poisoning knocked your immune system and all the other bad bugs came running, didn’t they? Slowly . . .

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    • Vicki Bensinger replied: — January 4th, 2013 @ 2:30 am

      I think that’s exactly what happened. The food poisoning zapped my immune system bringing my resistance down, causinge to be vulnerable to virus’s and other things. I felt like death but definitely feel really good today. Thank goodness.

      Hope you enjoy this soup.

  4. Lizzy Do — January 4, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    I made a SW version of this tonight…so, so good! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  5. Vicki Bensinger — January 4, 2013 @ 2:32 am

    Oh that sounds wonderful. What changes did you make to it? I’ll try your version next time.

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  6. mjskit — January 4, 2013 @ 3:39 am

    I’m so sorry to read that you spent your holidays in bed! I HATE food poisoning! I hope you are feeling better and ready for an eventful 2013! Love this soup! So hearty and delicious! Great recipe!

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  7. Carolyn Jung — January 4, 2013 @ 3:43 am

    After cooking big meals with endless side dishes for the holidays, how nice it would be to make a hearty soup that’s a meal in and of itself. Mmm, I can just smell how wonderful this will be.

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  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook — January 5, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    Happy New Year Vicki! I love comforting soup like this. I can eat it everyday… I’m making a soup right now for tomorrow’s dinner too. It’s a great way to eat meat and veggies in one dish!

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  9. ChopinandMysaucepan — January 5, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Dear Vicki,

    I love this kind of hearty soup especially when it’s pretty cold at your neck of the woods. Hope you are feeling better now. I am looking forward to cooking some lighter meals too after all the festivities.

    Wishing you and your family a great 2013!

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  10. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 5, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better! It is definitely the time of year for soup, isn’t it? This one sounds delicious!

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  11. Amelia — January 8, 2013 @ 12:21 am

    Hi Vicki, so sorry to hear that you’re not well. Hope you’re feeling better now.

    Your comfort soup look very appetizing and delicious. Love it.

    Have a nice week ahead,take care!

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  12. Patty — January 9, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    Happy New Year to you Vicki!
    I am so in the mood for a healthy comforting bowl of soup-you’ve inspired me for dinner tonight-thanks for sharing;-)

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  13. Angie's Recipes — January 10, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    I love my soup with lots of the veggies. This one is perfect for me.
    Thanks for sharing, Vicki.

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  14. Beth — January 11, 2013 @ 2:05 am

    There’s nothing better than soup at this time of year!

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  15. Purabi Naha — January 11, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Hi Vicki, how are you? I really appreciate this recipe: have never tried Turkey soup, but the recipe looks fantastic! I loved the fact that you added vegetables in this, making it wholesome and delicious. Wish you a very happy new year. I was away from the blogging world for a few months as I relocated from Hong Kong to India, but I am back now. :) Looking forward to more of your posts in this year!

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  16. SavoringTime in the Kitchen — January 13, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    What a bummer of an ending for 2012! Glad to read that you are on the mend. Soup is perfect for what ails you in my mind. This one sounds delicious! I’ve never used ground turkey in a soup recipe and I’d love to try it.

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  17. The Café Sucré Farine — January 13, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Vick, hope you’re all recovered, sounds likes this soup might cure any ailment! :)

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  18. Asmita — January 13, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Hi Vicki,
    Happy New Year! What a delicious and hearty soup!

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  19. Cathleen — January 14, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    Ooh, what a delicious looking soup! Hope you had a lovely new year!

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