Cozy up with a bowl of this flavorful and hearty turkey lentil soup. It’s gluten free and made in one pot with green or brown lentils, ground turkey, carrots, and diced tomatoes—the perfect lunch and dinner recipe.
Cozy ground turkey lentil soup
A lot of you love my creamy tomato soup and chickpea soup, so I can’t wait to hear what you think about this turkey lentil soup. In all honesty, it’s my new personal favorite. My family requests that I make this at least once a week now!
I am obsessed with this turkey lentil soup! It is super flavorful, hearty, and brothy. The lentils are stewed to perfection, the turkey is tender, and the broth is packed with spices and flavor. It smells and tastes amazing.
One of the best things about this easy and protein-packed soup is that it’s made in one pot, and any level cook can make it. So forget about a huge cooking ordeal; clean-up is a breeze.
If you haven’t already tried this soup, I can’t recommend it enough!
Are lentils gluten free?
Yes, lentils are naturally gluten free. In fact, they are a great low-fat source of protein. If you are following a gluten-free diet, this turkey lentil soup is a great recipe option.
Turkey lentil soup is made with fresh and simple ingredients. From spinach to lean ground turkey, this soup makes for the perfect healthy lunch, dinner, and meal prep. Here is a list of ingredients:
- Ground Turkey: I love cooking with ground turkey. When spiced and cooked correctly, it is super flavorful, tender, and a great source of lean protein. You can use 94% lean or 99% lean for this recipe.
- Olive Oil: This helps saute the onion and garlic.
- Yellow Onion: 1 yellow onion adds a sweet note and great depth of flavor.
- Carrots: Not only for extra health benefits but also for flavor and texture!
- Garlic: Adds the best flavor to this turkey lentil soup.
- Spices: To make this soup super flavorful, we blend cumin, curry powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
- Diced Tomatoes: For a rich and deep flavor. You’ll need one large 28-ounce can.
- Vegetable Broth: Add in 5 cups of low sodium vegetable broth for a deep and hearty flavor.
- Lentils: The start ingredient! You can use brown or green lentils.
- Spinach: An ingredient you can’t taste, but it’s a great way to sneak in your greens.
Kitchen tools need
Since this soup recipe is made in one pot, clean-up is very easy. Here is a list so you are prepared and ready to cook!
- Large Pot or Durch Oven
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, and 1 cup.
How to make turkey lentil soup
This one-pot ground turkey and lentil soup is so easy to make! It is cozy, flavorful, and packed with protein. Here are step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: First, add olive oil to a large Dutch oven or pot and heat over medium.
Step 2: Add in chopped onion and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Then, add in minced garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Step 3: Push the onions and carrots to the sides of the pot and add the ground turkey to the middle. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes, breaking turkey up with a stirring utensil as it cooks and mixing in the onions and carrots. Add in cumin, curry powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and cook for additional 3 minutes.
Step 4: Next, pour in the diced tomatoes, stir and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Then, add in the vegetable broth and water. Increase the heat and bring the soup to a boil, then add in rinsed lentils, stir and reduce heat, so the soup is at a simmer.
Step 5: Partially cover the pot with a lid and allow soup to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and cooked. Stir occasionally.
Step 6: With 5 minutes left, add in the baby spinach and stir, so it wilts. Carefully taste the soup and adjust seasonings to your liking.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use ground chicken?
Yes, you can substitute the ground turkey for ground chicken if needed.
Do I need to cook the lentils before adding to soup?
No. The lentils actually cook as the soup simmers.
Can I double the recipe?
Yes, either make sure to use an extra-large pot or two medium ones side-by-side on the stove.
Can I make this soup vegan?
Yes, to make this lentil soup vegan and vegetarian, remove the turkey.
Can I make adhead of time?
Absolutely, this soup is excellent for meal prep or large family dinners. You can make the soup a day in advance to serve at a party, or you can save leftovers for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
How to reheat turkey lentil soup?
You can reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stove. To reheat in the microwave, add leftover soup to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 – 3 minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave is. To reheat on the stove, add leftover soup to a pot and heat on low until warm; this should take 5 – 8 minutes, and you should stir every minute or so.
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Turkey Lentil Soup
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 – 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tsp ground cumin
- 1.5 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt, more to taste
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, more to taste
- 1 large can, 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup uncooked brown or green lentils, rinsed
- 2 – 3 handfuls of baby spinach
- Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven or pot and heat over medium.
- Add in chopped onion and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent.
- Add in minced garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Push the onions and carrots to the sides of the pot and add the ground turkey to the middle. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes, breaking turkey up with a stirring utensil as it cooks and mixing in the onions and carrots.
- Add in cumin, curry powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and cook for additional 3 minutes.
- Pour in the diced tomatoes, stir and cook for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Pour in vegetable broth and water. Increase the heat and bring the soup to a boil, then add in rinsed lentils, stir and reduce heat so the soup is at a simmer.
- Partially cover the pot with a lid and allow soup to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and cooked. Stir occasionally.
- With 5 minutes left, add in the baby spinach and stir so it wilts. Carefully taste the soup and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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