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)
199 Calories
3g Fat
24g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 597mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 693mg 15%
*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 can't stomach the idea of another sandwich made of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas, try this hearty and delicious soup. Vegetables and green lentils combine together with the turkey to make a satisfying soup that is perfect for a cold fall or winter day. A bit of curry powder and diced tomatoes round out the flavor, creating a dish that will feel nothing like a repeat of your holiday meal.

The soup is quick to prepare, starting with sauteing onion, carrots, celery, and cremini mushrooms in oil until softened; then the curry powder and lentils are added, followed by chicken broth and canned tomatoes. Once the soup has simmered for 25 minutes, the turkey is stirred in and heated through. All you need is some crusty bread.

This recipe also works well with leftover cooked chicken breast or store-bought rotisserie. Also, feel free to add or change up the vegetables: Use a different type of mushroom, or if you are not a fan, leave them out. Toss in some garlic toward the end of sautéing the vegetables, or add chopped green beans for extra color and nutrition. To finish the dish, sprinkle on some fresh parsley or shave over a bit of Parmesan cheese.


  • 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 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and cubed white meat turkey

  • Crusty bread, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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

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

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

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

    Stir in turkey
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  6. Serve hot with some crusty bread and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of sautéing the vegetables in oil, begin the recipe by cooking a few slices of bacon (diced) and then sauté the vegetables in a couple of teaspoons of the bacon fat. Use the crispy bacon to garnish each bowl of soup.
  • If your family doesn't love lentils, you can substitute with a can of white beans, such as cannellini, that have been rinsed and drained. Or you can use a combination of lentils and beans if you like.

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