I made three bags of this Crockpot Tomato Turkey and Vegetable Soup during a freezer meal prep session after shopping at Costco. After tasting it, I knew it needed a blog post all of its own. It was delicious!
I don’t think I’ve ever had ground turkey that flavorful before. If I didn’t make it myself, I would have argued that it was a different meat altogether.
You can make this soup fresh or frozen, so I’m including directions for both below. Your whole family is going to love this simple, delicious, and healthy dish!
Crockpot Tomato Turkey and Vegetable Soup
Yields: Six servings of soup
- 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 lb zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces (3-4 small zucchinis)
- 1 small onion, diced (about one cup)
- 1 can of cannellini beans (15oz), drained and rinsed
- 28oz can of tomato sauce (I used two 15oz cans)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic (You can sub 2 minced fresh cloves or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 4 teaspoons chicken bullion granules
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 4 cups of water *not needed until day of cooking
- Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on “low” setting for 8 hours, or until carrots are soft.
- Break apart turkey, stir, and serve.
Combine all ingredients (except water) in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bags (affilliate link). Add the ground turkey to the bag last so it’s the first ingredient poured into your crockpot. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer. When ready to cook, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in a bowl of water. Add to crockpot with water and cook on low for 8 hours or until carrots are soft.
Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
PS For more easy freezer recipes, check out my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook bundle.
Where’s your pin button? This soup looks so good — I want to pin it!
I had one, but it wasn’t working so I deleted it and haven’t had a chance to find a new one yet. Here’s my pin, if you want to repin it there: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/200339883399484305/
Sorry for any inconvenience! I’m a one-woman show with three little kids and don’t always have time to update my blog as I like. It’s on my list to do over the holidays! 🙂
Thank you! No worries! You’re doing an awesome job as a one-woman show. I really enjoy your blog and visit often.
Hi, Kelly. Love the simplicity of this recipe. Thanks for posting it. I was wondering if you’d recommend using 85% lean turkey over 93% lean turkey. I’m guessing that the 85% lean turkey will be more tender and withstand the long cooking time better. What are your thoughts?
Honestly, I’d buy whatever is cheaper. They’ll both end up very tender in the crockpot. 🙂
You were right. I used 93% lean ground turkey from Costco and it was tender. Thanks! The soup turned out great. I’m glad that I doubled the recipe and froze one portion to make for a future meal. Will definitely make it again. Though, next time I’m going to put the ziploc bag in a bowl before I fill it. I *may* have been a little too optimistic that the ziploc would remain standing upright without any support. Whoops! 😉
So glad you liked it! I’ve had the same issue with my bags so I bought these baggie clips. So excited to use them!
ok, I’m a guy who doesn’t cook much and I have a dumb question. Aren’t you supposed to cook/ brown the Turkey first before putting it into the crock pot, or per what I’m reading here, you just put it in raw and the 8 hours in the pot cooks it? (Go ahead and laugh).
No such thing as a dumb question, Greg. I add my meat raw, but you can brown it ahead of time if you want.
I need to thank you for posting these recipes! I saw the link making its rounds on Facebook and decided to try them out. My co-workers and I have prep parties and make 4 recipes at a time. I haven’t had a meal I don’t like yet! They are great and I love the healthier aspect of creating your own sauces instead of buying premade jars.
Awesome, thanks so much for the encouragement Shannon. Prep parties are so much fun. 🙂
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If you buy all the ingredients fresh, and decide to freeze until later. How long can you leave it in the freezer for?