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Absolutely Yummy Turkey Bean Soup

Updated on July 6, 2009

A Recipe Is Born!

I just made THE best Turkey Bean soup! I invented it with what I had on hand, so measurements are a wee bit guesstimated! When I create in the kitchen, I pretty much free-pour and measure by handfuls, pinches and dashes, so that is how I will write it. Just so you know, here is an approximate chart of measurement equivalencies:

Handful - about 2 heaping tablespoons

Pinch - between ¼ and 1/3 tsp

Dash - one quick shake

I hope you enjoy creating and eating this luscious soup!

It Looks Something Like This!

This is not actually my soup! It is a vegan look-alike! Of course, you can make yours vegan if you want! Photographer: Elaine Vigneault: Attribution License:
This is not actually my soup! It is a vegan look-alike! Of course, you can make yours vegan if you want! Photographer: Elaine Vigneault: Attribution License:

What You'll Need...

To Start...

About 2 tablespoons of non-hydrogenated oil. I used walnut oil. Peanut would do just as well.

One heaping tablespoon of minced garlic (fresh or from a jar.)

A turkey breast (I used a frozen one.)

A handful of Rosemary & Onion Seasoning mixture *

A dash of red pepper flakes.

Dried or fresh onions. (A handful dried, about half a fresh one - chopped)

2 cups of chicken bouillon (you may want to add more bouillon powder to taste later.)

A squeeze of honey (probably about a tablespoon - adjust to taste.)

1 cup of dry beans of your choice (soak them overnight, drain & rinse)

A pitcher of Brita water

(* Note: The Rosemary and Onion Seasoning mix I used contained rosemary, garlic salt, dried onion & red pepper, dried lemon peel, and paprika.)

To Finish...

Don't add these at the start. Wait until the soup is almost done.

1 cup of sliced carrots (fresh or frozen)

2 cups of cooked brown rice

1 -16 oz. can of tomatoes

1 cup of green beans - fresh or frozen

What You'll Do...

Pour a couple of tablespoons of oil into a large cooking pot. Mine was 6 quarts. Add a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic. Turn your burner on to medium. Add the turkey breast and cover the pot. Brown for 3 minutes. Turn over the turkey breast. Brown for another 3 minutes. Add the chicken bouillon. Toss in a handful of the rosemary seasoning, dash of red pepper flakes, and a handful of dried onions (or half a fresh chopped onion). Pour the drained beans into the pot and cover them with water to about an inch above the beans. Add a squeeze of honey. Increase the heat to high. Bring the pot to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium or medium/low. Simmer for about 2 or 3 hours until the beans are very soft. Peas and lentils will disintegrate, making a nice thick base for your soup. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently and turn the turkey breast so that one part of it isn’t continuously out of the water. You don’t want any part of it to dry out.

When the beans are done, remove the turkey breast and cut it up. It should fall apart pretty easily. Return it to the pot. Add the tomatoes, cooked rice, carrots & green beans. Increase heat to high. Bring the pot to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for half an hour. Serve with whole wheat bread or rolls.

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:January 8, 2009


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    justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! Swiss chard is a good addition to soups. I harvested my first crookneck squash, 5 sugar peas and 2 green beans yesterday! I used them to make my Ramen noodles variation:

    MakeThe Best Ramen Noodles

    which is sort of a quick and easy, yet fairly healthy soup! :)

    Thanks for the good ideas, comments and the tweet! :)

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We often eat homemade soups and I cook them much like you do depending upon what I have on hand at the time. Then I freeze them in smaller containers and have an assortment on hand at all times. They also make great gifts for those who might be "under the weather" and not able to easily cook for one reason or another. I have quite a swiss chard crop growing now so will be adding that to my soups. Also spotted the first blossoms today on my yellow crook necked squash in the garden. :)) Tweeting this good sounding recipe.

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    sweetie1 5 years ago from India

    Looks yummy..voted it up

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Well, I didn't leave them out! I said "of your choice". You can choose peas, lentils, beans in any combination. I believe the first time I made this, I used one of those premixed bags of assorted beans, peas and lentils for soup, but you can use all beans, all peas, all lentils or any combination! :)

    Thanks for reading, commenting and voting! :)

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    I love making homemade soups and yours sounds good. You left out the peas and lentils in the ingredients...but easy enough to add. I do like how split peas and/or lentils break down with long cooking times. This soup sounds very nutritious. Up and useful votes.

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Ruby! Glad you liked it! :)

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    Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Yumm, this IS a great soup! I mix and match my ingredients too, I loved that about yours! More more...

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

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    Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Thanks for sharing! I like to cook with turkey, inexpensive and healthy!

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Terry Chestnutt 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

    Sounds delicious. I love bean soup!

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    justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

    Yes, it's not sweet like pork and beans!

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    PaperNotes 7 years ago

    It looks like pork and beans but I bet it tastes better. Will try it out, thank you.

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    justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! :)

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    6hotfingers3 7 years ago

    Delicious hub! I think I will give turkey another chance. Your article made me hungry for a hot bowl of beans and turkey soup. I would never have thought to combine the two in a dish. Thank you!

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    justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

    LOL! No! You didn't miss it! I just left it out & you are the first person to mention it!

    "1 cup of dry beans of your choice (soak them overnight, drain & rinse)"

    I used mixed beans & lentils. If I were to use one type of bean, I would probably use white or light colored beans like lima, navy, or maybe pinto beans. It doesn't really matter. Use your favorite!



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    Sarah 8 years ago

    This recipe sounds really good! But can you tell me how many/what kind of beans you use? Maybe I just missed it...I've been known to do that before :)

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    justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you! I'm sure you will like it! :) Let me know!

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    C. C. Riter 9 years ago

    Suzanne, the next time you give out a great recipe send me some first. My mouth is just watering over this. I will try this soon. thanx


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