Healthy ground turkey soup recipe comes together in 20 minutes or less, it is packed full of protein, vegetables, and most importantly, flavor! Your whole family will love it. 

Two bowls of turkey bean soup on green and yellow striped napkins. Text overlay reads "20 minute Healthy Italian Turkey Bean Soup."

This post is sponsored by KRAFT. All opinions are my own.

Continuing in my partnership with KRAFT and HUNT’s, I’m bringing you more ideas to make weeknight meals a breeze. The two main tips are these:

  • Plan ahead (and make Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Rolls)
  • Have a stocked pantry — this recipe depends on it.

I make this healthy soup recipe using all ingredients I keep regularly stocked in my pantry. 

Front view of footed white bowl containing soup. Hunt's diced tomatoes and Kraft Parmesan cheese in background.

Here’s what I keep in my stocked pantry/fridge/freezer to make recipes like these:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (100% grated Parmesan in those containers!)
  • Canned beans — this recipe uses great Northern but I typically keep black beans and chickpeas stocked as well.
  • Chicken broth/stock
  • Ground turkey
  • Spinach. I always have spinach. Always. If I don’t, I’m headed to the store.
  • Onions. A must have for so many recipes.
  • Garlic. Duh.
  • Spices — this recipe uses oregano, red pepper flakes and basil.
  • Olive oil. I always have a bottle of it in my pantry.

Other staples in my pantry are a variety of grains, pasta, bacon, carrots, celery, a variety of vinegars, and some fruit and vegetables in the freezer. But you don’t need any of those for this particular healthy soup recipe.

Of course, everyone is different and you might not keep your pantry stocked just like mine. You might not like ground turkey. Ground beef is fine, or try this recipe with Italian sausage, it’s phenomenal!). Maybe you don’t have baby spinach — try a different green in this soup such as kale or chard.

Front view of soup in bowl, on napkin with spoon along side.

About this Ground Turkey Soup

The really important thing here is that this recipe can be prepared in 20 minutes. I make this soup A LOT on weeks where I slip behind on my meal planning. Or maybe I have something planned and I just don’t have the time and energy to prepare it. Or it might just not sound good on that particular night.

No problem! Out come those pantry staples to save the day. Healthy, easy, and no trips to the grocery store required. I’m pretty sure that’s as good as it gets. Plus it can warm you up on a chilly day. Hot soup is always a good thing.

How to Make this Healthy Soup Recipe:

To make this recipe, heat up your soup pot with some olive oil. To that, add ground turkey, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and some black pepper.

Overhead view of raw ground turkey with onions, garlic, salt and pepper in red Dutch oven pan.

Cook until the onions are translucent and the ground turkey is fully cooked.

Overhead of browned ground turkey with wooden spoon, in Dutch oven.

Throw in beans, herbs, tomatoes — stir to combine.

Diced tomatoes in can, bowl containing white beans, bowl containing dried herbs.

Overhead of Dutch oven containing ingredients for soup, before they are mixed together.

Same pan, containing same ingredients mixed together.

Then PILE on the spinach. You can do this in batches if need be, but if you have a big pan, it will probably fit. Cover for a couple of minutes to let the spinach wilt.

Dutch oven with fresh spinach leaves piled in.

You might have to stir it a couple of times to help it along.

Dutch oven with soup ingredients including wilted spinach.

Add chicken stock and bring the soup up to a boil to make sure it is good and hot. 

Soup with added broth.

Once the soup is hot, remove it from heat and sprinkle in the grated Parmesan cheese. This is what makes it really, really good. If you’re not a cheese-lover, don’t worry, your soup will still taste great! 

Container of Kraft parmesan cheese with small measuring cup containing cheese.

Closeup of Dutch oven containing soup, with parmesan cheese added on top.

Parmesan cheese partially stirred in.

Parmesan cheese fully incorporated into soup.

There ya have it! A healthy soup recipe ready in 20 minutes that’s good for you, is ready in less than 30 minutes, and doesn’t come from a can.

Front view of white bowl containing soup.

Soup’s on!

Looking for more hearty soup recipes? Try:


Overhead of red Dutch oven containing turkey bean soup.

Ground Turkey Soup with Beans & Spinach (20 minutes!)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Healthy ground turkey soup recipe comes together in 20 minutes or less, it is packed full of protein, vegetables, and most importantly, flavor! Your whole family will love it. 


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.8 ounce) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Brown the turkey with the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes,and pepper until the turkey is cooked through and then onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).
  2. Add the oregano, basil, tomatoes (with liquid), and beans. 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. Continue to cook until heated through – about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan and serve.


serving size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 456mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 34g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Disclosure: I worked in partnership with the KRAFT brand to develop this healthy soup recipe and I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.