Chunky Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe

I came up with another fun dinner creation last night to welcome Matt home from his work trip. Chunky Turkey and Vegetable Soup!

Turkey and vegetable soup

This meal was another big hit with Matt — especially when a little hot sauce was added to the mix. It was almost a cross between chili and soup — very flavorful and satisfying! We both loved it.

The original name was “Turkey, Kale, and Brown Rice Soup” — but Matt said that didn’t make it sound as good as it was, so we came up with a new name. ;) He’s apparently scared of “kale” in recipe names because it sounds too healthy/weird, even though he loves kale every time I make it. Boys.

Turkey and vegetable soup

Chunky Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Serves 4; Total time: 25 minutes

This soup is quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. Enjoy immediately, or double the batch and freeze the leftovers for a quick mid-week meal!


  • 1/2 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of: dried basil, thyme, and black pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) package chicken broth (lower sodium if possible)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh kale, chopped (leaves only, remove stems)


1) Cook brown rice per package instructions. Set aside.

2) In a stock pot, cook the turkey with the olive oil and garlic over medium high heat, stirring frequently until browned through. Add in the carrots, celery, bell pepper, and seasonings and sauté together about 5 minutes.

3) Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the cooked brown rice. Simmer mixture about 10 to 15 minutes, or until veggies have reached desired tenderness, kale has wilted, and soup is warmed through.


Turkey and vegetable soup

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  1. 1

    I think either name is good but I do see how boys would like the chunky name and the kale part could scare some people! Either way I will make this for sure – and the hot sauce addition is something my husband would love too!

  2. 2

    this looks so hearty! Yum :D

  3. 3

    I like both names but I’m with Matt on a recipe sounding “too healthy.” If I see a recipe with a name that includes something I really don’t like I’m usually quick to pass it by without reading it. I’ve gotten better as I’m starting to create more of my own and adapt existing recipes but it’s definitely a mental hurdle to cross at times. Often I’m drawn to more ambiguous titles as I feel like I can more easily adapt them to my personal tastes (again, just a mental block).

  4. 4

    That soup looks so good! I like fun and shorter names for the titles of soup, no need to list half the ingredients. Plus fun titles make it easier to serve to others who may not love the idea of food like Kale… haha

  5. 5
    Pat Elsberry says

    So glad you both liked it … and I think Matt’s got a point! :)

  6. 6

    Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. 7

    I actually like both names. What I found most interesting was the use of Kale in the title. You don’t find that many recipes that involve Kale, or at least I don’t, and it’s nice to see that . :)

    Looks like a keeper!

  8. 8

    I am torn. I think both titles are good! ha. I am so indecisive. But, I like to know what is in the soup and if it interests me I will check it out. Both titles drew me in!

  9. 9

    I like Turkey, Kale and brown rice soup, gives more idea of what the veggies are. Some vegatable soup titles can be misleading and I bypass rather than look so see what is in it.

  10. 10

    I’ll have to agree with Matt. Kale scares me off too.

  11. 11

    This sounds delicious! I’ve really been into ground turkey lately.

  12. 12

    Yum! This soup looks fantastic!! I love soup this time of year!!

  13. 13

    Looks very, very tasty! Well done –

  14. 14

    Ahh perfect, considering it just snowed here :)

  15. 15

    I like recipes that use descriptive words, rather than just listing the ingredients. If I did a recipe search and found “Chunky Turkey & Vegetable Soup” I’d want to know why it was chunky!

  16. 16

    I made this last week …. loved it!!!

  17. 17
    Jen Robinson says

    I like the “chunky” title better too. I agree with some other commenters that you don’t need to list a bunch of ingredients to get the idea across for people to want to try the recipe. Looks great though!

  18. 18

    This recipe looks great, I made a batch to take for lunches this week. You always have great ideas for easy, healthy, yummy food, thanks!

  19. 20

    I made this tonight. It was super good. This was my first time cooking with kale..or ever eating it I think. :)

  20. 22

    Any idea what the calorie count is for the soup? Second time I have made it…very good!!

  21. 24

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this soup whatever it is called! I have made it twice and next time I will double the recipe. I really didnt think it would taste as great as it does. A friend told me it was the kale, and I added turmeric because I always do!!! Thank you, and for your website that I will follow!!!


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