2 bowls of turkey and lentil soup
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Turkey Lentil Soup

Turkey Lentil Soup ~ use leftover Thanksgiving turkey or ground turkey. Delicious, hearty rich broth plus lentils and vegetables. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover turkey recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 360kcal
Author: A Gouda Life


  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey OR 2 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup lentils green used
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups V8 juice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup ditalini, small shells or other mini pasta dry/uncooked
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese + rind if it has one


  • Drizzle olive oil in the soup pot over medium high heat and add the ground turkey. SeasonĀ  with salt and pepper and leave it alone for 3-4 minutes so it sears then break up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Drop in the carrots, celery and onion and grate in the garlic and season this next layer with salt and pepper as well. Cook 6-8 minutes over medium heat until the carrots start to soften.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook another 2 minutes then add the diced tomatoes and lentils.
  • Pour in the V8 juice and chicken stock and if your Parmesan cheese has a rind, add it into the pot too.
  • Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the lentils still have a little bite to them.
  • Stir in the pasta, cover and simmer 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente and the lentils are tender.
  • Add the chopped parsley, blending and serve with grated or shaved parmesan.


  • If using leftover turkey, omit the ground turkey and just add the leftover turkey after V8 and chicken stock.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.4g | Protein: 32.2g | Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 1245mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg