Turkey Vegetable Soup

I am blessed to have two daughters who enjoy cooking and I really like it when one of them cooks and shares with me!  Lindsey leaves nearby and called to let me know that she was making soup and bringing some over.  What a sweetheart!

Lindsey, is the guest chef today!  All I did was sample the results...and it was delicious!!

Turkey Vegetable Soup
with cheese-filled tortellini
Cuisine at Home, December 2011

2 cups each sliced carrot, diced onion, diced fennel bulb and diced Swiss chard stems
2 Tbsp minced garlic
4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup dry Marsala
1-2 Tbsp chicken base (such as Better than Bouillon)
12 cups low sodium chicken broth

4 cups chopped roasted turkey (1 lb.)
3 cups refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini (9 oz)
8 cups chopped Swiss chard leaves, rinsed (1 bunch)
1 can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed (14.5 oz)

Stir in:
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan

Sweat carrot, onion, fennel, chard stems, garlic, Italian seasoning,  pepper flakes,  and nutmeg in oil in a  large pot  over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Deglaze pot with Marsala and simmer until nearly evaporated; stir in chicken base.  Add broth and bring to a boil then reduce hear and simmer 10 minutes.

Add turkey, tortellini, chard leaves, and beans; simmer, partially covered, until tortellini are cooked through, 8-10 minutes.

Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and black pepper.  Serve soup with grated Parmesan.


Way to go Lindsey!  The soup had great flavors and was delicious!
Thank you for being the guest chef.


  1. Great and healthy recipe. I like your instructions, simple and easy to follow.

  2. Marsala! I love recipes that call for Marsala. Yum, perfect for a winter day.

  3. Go, Lindsey! This sounds delicious. xoA

  4. Great sounding soup Kathy, I like everything in it.

  5. Sounds very hearty and good for you-enjoy:@)

  6. It looks delicious - I love a good bowl of soup.

  7. Looks delicious and so healthy too. Thanks Lindsey.

  8. What a fabulous soup - full of great flavors - how lovely your daughter lives nearby AND is a great cook!
    Mary x

  9. Fabulous soup 0 i am just trying to make more things with turkey, and substitute it for beef.

  10. Oh my, this soup does look delicious. I'm making a pot every week during our cold weather and this will be a wonderful addition to the menu. Love the addition of tortellini. Can't wait to try it.


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