Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles {and some words of advice}

This turkey soup with zucchini noodles comes together in 20 minutes — it will end up in your weekly rotation.

This turkey soup with zucchini noodles comes together in 20 minutes -- it will end up in your weekly rotation. Get the easy and healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com.

So let’s talk for a minute. Can I tell you something? A piece of advice for you this morning. Or evening. Whenever you’re reading this. Take a seat, get comfy with your coffee/cocktail/bowl of popcorn, whatever it may be. You can take notes if you want, but it’s pretty simple.


Do not, do NOT put a towel in your laundry basin IF your washing machine drains INTO said laundry basin. I consider myself a fairly smart and on-top-of-things girl. You know, type-A, (almost) always on time, got my doctorate, not always a slacker. Fairly smart. At least average intelligence. However, I learned this lesson the hard way in our new house. All my life I’ve had a washing machine that drained straight into the drain or whatever. So every time I would wipe something up with a rag (HELLO I have toddlers so I wipe something up at least 18 times a day), I would throw that rag into the sink. Easy. Kept the mess down and I could just simply throw it in the washing machine when I did my next load of towels.

Never have I had a washing machine that drains INTO the sink. Well, n0w I do. So here I am, minding my own business in my kitchen getting ready for OUR HOUSEWARMING PARTY when I hear a not-normal sound coming from our main-floor laundry room. You know, a sound like the sound of a waterfall. Oh hey, that’s water all over the floor because there is a towel in the laundry basin plugging the drain. CRAP. Luckily I was home and had a huge stack of clean towels on the dryer that I threw on the floor to soak up some of the water. Crisis averted.

Oh wait. I go into the basement. The finished basement. The ONLY part of the house that we didn’t need to do any work on. Oh hi, water dripping through the ceiling. CRAP.

So now we have a hole in our (finished) basement ceiling. The water has been dried but we need to get a contractor in to fix the drywall. Thousssssands of dollars, people. ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID TOWEL.

(I should take a minute to note that my husband is truly a saint and treated me with such love throughout this whole thing that was totally my fault. I’m a lucky lady. “It was a mistake.” “It’s just money.” “I love you more than ever.” Just so happens I love you more than ever too, Ben. Thank you for being you.)

Oh and did I mention this happened two days before we were having a housewarming party and E’s 4th birthday party? But don’t worry, we were in the ER with N because poor little man had a 104.4 degree fever that didn’t respond to Motrin. (N’s 3rd visit to the ER if you’re keeping count.) So we had two terrific reasons to postpone the party. Which I had worked my butt off getting ready for. (Remember when I told you all about my purple butterfly plans?)

Life. Oh well. It is what it is. I’m thankful to have a nice house even if it gives me headaches. And I’m thankful to have birthday parties to cancel and kids to take care of even if it means very, very, very late nights in the ER.

It could be worse. As a matter of fact, in church today they brought up a prayer request — a 31 year old woman who had two small children just got put in hospice care because of her brain cancer.

Hospice. Brain cancer. 31. The same age as me. 2 small children. Same as me. Hits close to home and suddenly that hole in the basement ceiling is looking pretty darn good.

I feel weird talking about the soup now.  But seeing as I haven’t posted a real recipe since last Monday, I’d say it’s time to get my rear in gear. So soup it is. We’ll call it turkey soup for the soul. Because who doesn’t need that?

Italian Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles on RachelCooks.com

This soup is a variation of my popularItalian Turkey Soup with Beans, Tomatoes and Spinach.  And this one also comes together in 20 minutes! Woohoo! More time for cleaning up messes and taking the kids to the ER. Brown up some ground turkey, throw in some spices, some tomatoes, some zucchini noodles, and some spinach. Done. Dinner time! This will become a healthy go-to weeknight meal. Your whole family will love it. And no worries — if you don’t have a spiralizer, buy one! I mean, you can easily julienne the zucchini with a mandoline or you can also cut it thinly with a knife.

 Italian Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles on RachelCooks.com

Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles

This turkey soup with zucchini noodles comes together in 20 minutes — it will end up in your weekly rotation.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 heaping loosely packed cups baby spinach
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown the turkey with the onions, garlic, salt, and pepper until the turkey is cooked through and then onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).
  2. Add the oregano and tomatoes (with liquid). Stir to combine.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add spinach and cover for about 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Stir to combine.
  4. Add broth, stir, and increase heat to medium high. Once simmering, add zucchini and continue to cook until heated through and zucchini starts to soften – about 3-5 minutes.
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Italian Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles on RachelCooks.com

Verdict: Loved this healthy turkey soup.

Husband’s take: He also loved this soup.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Very easy.

If you’re looking for more quick and easy soup recipes, try: Pancetta and White Bean Soup with Kale, Red Lentil Soup Recipe, Creamy Tomato Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo, or Shortcut Squash Soup.

This turkey soup with zucchini noodles comes together in 20 minutes -- it will end up in your weekly rotation. Get the easy and healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com.
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  1. HANG IN THERE, UGH. If it’s any consolation, I’m uber impressed that your home was even near an acceptable state to host a party. Ours is still a nightmare!

  2. Awww I would have NEVER thought of that with the laundry either! But if I had a week like yours, I do have a feeling this soup would make me feel better!!

  3. an overflowing toilet cost my homeowner’s insurance over $12k in damages.

    soup sounds good.

    I went to a memorial service for a 41-year-old mom of three boys this weekend. Cervical cancer. I have three boys. puts life into perspective.

  4. You are not alone. We’ve accidentally done this half a dozen times. Because who looks in the dang sink before one starts the wash cycle?!?!?!?! And WHY do we have a laundry room flood plan? Sorry!
    Mmmm soup sounds perfectly comforting.

  5. I’m so sorry about the washer and water damage. That totally stinks! What a way to ruin the day.
    But great perspective. Someout out there always has it worse and we need to remind ourselves of all the blessings in our life. I pray your week goes smoothly!

    Soup look marvelous!

  6. OK, so 1-this soup looks absolutely delish 2-holy cow, I am so sorry that happened to you, sounds like a complete and utter disaster and annoyance 3-hang in there girl, sending you positive thoughts :)

  7. Ahhh..the joys of owning a home. I hope things get settled pretty quickly. We had a house that anytime you did work, there was something done horribly wrong before and would need to refix the mistake before you could do what you originally planned.

    Soup is a good comfort food in such situations, and this one looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Oh goodness, girl. I admire you for looking at the positive aspect of the situation! Talk about strength.
    But this soup, love how tasty it sounds, easy it is to throw together and how nutritious it is!

  9. What a great idea! ….zucchini noodles. I still have some zucchinis in my garden. I should give it a try.

  10. We have the same issue with our washing machine. Plenty of times we were mopping up water from the floor. I love the zucchini noodles in this soup. So yummy!

  11. Sounds stressful! The soup looks yummy!

  12. I am an insurance agent and water damage claims from situations like yours is THE most common claim by far in my experience with the industry. I think we have all been there done that with stupid. But in your case, who would have ‘thunk’ putting a towel in the sink would raise such havoc. Your husband really stepped up to the plate. Trickle down from his support is going to go on for years.

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  15. Oh no, what a disaster, I probably would’ve thought nothing of throwing a rag into the sink too! I just imagine your face when you saw the ceiling…

    On another note, the soup looks wonderful! I love zucchini anything!!

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