The day that I made this soup I did not feel well at all. I had the absolute worst headache and nausea. Honestly, I can’t believe I got out of bed to make this ground turkey soup. Whenever I do not feel so well, I order food. I rarely push myself to get up and make myself a meal. But, for some reason last week I made myself cook and do things to fight off my sickness. I’m glad I did this. If I hadn’t forced myself to make this lovely ground turkey soup, I would have these beautiful pictures! Therefore, everything worked out despite not feeling so well. And besides, there’s no restaurant (near me!) that makes a killer soup like this.
Whenever I get sick, I almost never eat any soup other than chicken noodle soup. Chicken noodle soup is always my go-to. Yes, I enjoy soups like french onion soup and clam chowder. But, for some strange reason, I’ve programmed myself into believing that the only thing worth eating during sick days is a bowl of chicken noodle soup. This ground turkey soup changed my mind. Every time I get sick now, I’m going to make this for sure.
Prior to making this ground turkey soup, I made a bone broth rotini soup. The day that I made that soup, I was actually craving this soup. But, I ended up boiling out majority of the broth in that recipe.
How to make ground turkey soup:
First of all, if you’re gonna make this ground turkey soup – I want you to actually season the ground turkey before making the soup. A lot of recipes that use ground turkey suck because people do not season the turkey before using it. Due to the fact that ground turkey has the tendency to dry out faster than ground beef or ground pork, I always give it extra love. Avocado oil and spices for the win.
Since you’re probably making this recipe because you’re sick, you can decide on if you want this soup to be spicy or not. I choose to stay away from overwhelming spices while I am sick. Yes, I know that they say that spices are good to consume when you’re ill because it’ll help take away the sick feeling. Although, spices tend to make me feel worse whenever I personally eat them. The umami seasoning was a little overwhelming for me in the bone broth rotini soup. So I told myself that I probably should stay away from spices like paprika and cayenne if that mild spice made my stomach feel worse.
Above all, the most important part of the soup is the broth, right? Well, I used traditional chicken broth in this recipe. Normally, I would use bone broth, but all I had in the house at the time was chicken broth. Remember to always use low sodium broths, add your own salt!
Lastly, I used chickpea penne, great northern beans, baby kale, and mirepoix to make sure that I felt full. All of those ingredients are loaded with health benefits (and most importantly protein, protein always helps me feel recovered) that helped make this soup the perfect soup to eat when you need something to heal your sickness.
Want more recipes?
- Bone Broth Rotini Soup
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- Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Pasta
- General Tso’s Noodles & Shrimp
- Start by boiling the chickpea penne according to instructions. Drain and set aside. Rinse the pasta and keep it inside of the pot. Remove the pasta from the heat and set aside to cool. Do not add any oil to the pasta.
- Cook the can of great northern beans according to instructions.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat and spray with avocado oil. Add in ground turkey and break up the meat. Season with salt, herbs, black pepper, and garlic powder. Stir occasionally and allow to mix.
- Into the pot with the penne, add in 3 cups of chicken broth, mirepoix, baby kale, great northern beans, and ground turkey. Stir the soup. Add in 1 tsp of 21 seasoning salute.
- Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Serve hot and season with more 21 seasoning salute if desired.
- The crackers pictured are Simple Mills’ Sea Salt Crackers.
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