Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Soup
There is only one season where this slow cooker meal would not be welcomed, but for a cold winter day, a brisk fall evening, or a rainy spring afternoon nothing beats a steaming bowl of whole foods goodness chock-full of protein, vibrant Italian flavoring and vitamin rich greens. While the meal stands on its own, you could easily add a crisp salad and artisan rolls for sopping up the broth.
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    LOW6 hours
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    LOW6 hours
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 1tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1pound ground turkey
    • 1tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
    • 2 can low sodium chicken broth
    • 2teaspoon dried oregano
    • 2teaspoon dried basil
    • 1teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans (Cannellini, Great Northern, etc) drained and rinsed
    • 1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard, washed and torn
    • Freshly shredded parmesan cheese, from refrigerated section
    Instructions
    1. Heat the olive or coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the onions and garlic, stirring continuously, so as not to burn the garlic. Add in the ground turkey and following three ingredients (through black pepper). Sauté the mixture until the turkey is cooked all the way through.
    2. Transfer the mixture to a large slow cooker. Pour in the diced tomatoes and the following 4 ingredients (through dried parsley). Stir to combine.
    3. Cover with lid and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
    4. At about 1 hour before you are to serve, remove lid and stir into the slow cooker the chopped Swiss chard and white beans. Replace lid.
    5. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    Recipe Notes

    *Italians are famous for incorporating different greens such as chards into their cooking, but if your family is averse to trying new greens, substitute fresh spinach. Don’t forget that the beautiful ribs you see on a Swiss chard are edible. Chop them up into small pieces and add to the crock pot at the same time as the torn leaves.

    Eliminate the ground turkey and double the white beans for a hearty vegetarian version. Add in some small pasta for a bit more sustenance (see comment below for some suggestions).

    Try adding in during the last 30 minutes of cooking a small pasta, like ditalini, shells or orzo, a classic Italian soup staple. The kids will especially like this version. We generally eat gluten-free so I am so pleased to see wheat-free versions of some of our favorite pasta shapes on grocery shelves. I usually have good luck finding these products at Whole Foods or the Greenwise section of my Publix neighborhood grocery store.

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