Turkey and Lentil Soup

Turkey and lentil soup

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1068 Calories
73g Fat
26g Carbs
77g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1068
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 73g 94%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 763mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 77g
Calcium 83mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're wondering what to do with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can use some in this hearty and delicious soup. Cooked chicken breast works equally well, of course.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (diced)
  • 1 large stalk celery (sliced)
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup green lentils (rinsed)
  • 4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey (white meat, cooked, and chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients for turkey lentil soup
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  2. Heat oil on medium heat in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Sauté onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms until softened.

    Heat oil on medium heat
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  3. Sprinkle curry powder and cook for 1 minute. Add lentils, followed by broth and canned tomatoes.

    Sprinkle curry powder
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  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 25 minutes, until lentils are cooked.

    Turkey lentil soup
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  5. Stir in chopped turkey and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Stir in turkey
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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

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