How to Make Turkey Kale White Bean Soup

Kale Turkey Bean Soup | This hearty soup is easy to make and quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor.
Turkey Kale White Bean Soup is quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor, it’s ready in 30 minutes. This easy, hearty soup is a kale soup recipe perfect for winter.
I’m not happy.
I’m wearing socks.
The weather has changed. I walked the dog in snow. It was freezing. Wouldn’t you know, he loved it!
I’m happier when socks are not required. When I wear flip flops or sandals. He doesn’t care at all.

Best socks…when they are necessary

But when socks are required, I’m a ThorLo gal. I love the cushion, the way they hug my feet and how long they last. I also love how comfy they are. I have never had a blister wearing ThorLos. Never. I’ve worn them hiking around Macchu Pichu, on a safari in Kenya, on morning walks and runs with the dog and on the tennis court. In writing this, I learned that ThorLos are made in the USA. The company passion is to be caretakers of the world’s feet. I like that. Even without knowing their mission, they’ve been taking care of my feet for more than 10 years. ThorLo socks are usually on my Christmas list.
And here’s an irony. I’m grumbling about sock weather and today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. Maybe I need an attitude adjustment. I need some soul food. So I made soup and pulled on my socks. 
Kale Turkey Bean Soup | This hearty soup is easy to make and quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor.

Comfort spoon I received as a gift from a friend


Spoons and socks = soul food

My Comfort spoon by was a gift from Sheila. Just seeing the spoon felt like a hug. In my book, Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, I write about how we feed our soul. I had 3 doses of soul food today. Woohoo!! They were:

  1. APPRECIATE…what you have, what you can give back and what you have received from others. Like a spoon.
  2. CONNECT…with others. Good people give you energy. Invite friends to do something or call a friend to catch up. Eating together is even better. I checked in with Sheila, the spoon giver, when I was writing this  to show her how I photographed and used her spoon.
  3. ENJOY…what makes you feel light and open. Don’t miss the moment—be it a sunset, a compliment or a smile, like a great bite of food. Like a bowl of soup.

How to make Turkey Bean Soup

This is a pretty easy recipe. Cook onions until softened and brown ground turkey, add kale and seasonings, pour in liquid. Cook until kale is tender. It all comes together in about 30 minutes.

chopped onions being browned in a pot

Brown chopped onion until softened.

turkey crumbles browed in pan

Break up turkey and cook until browned, about 10 minutes.

fresh kale in a pot ready to cook

Yep, lots of kale! It cooks down. Use fresh or frozen (or another leafy green).

a pot of turkey kale bean soup with a spoon

Spoonful of Kale Turkey Bean Soup.

Why I Like Kale Turkey White Bean Soup

The dietitian in me likes:

  • the health benefits of kale. Kale is high in cancer-fighting compounds and vitamin A. It can be a tough green to like because the older it is, the tougher and the stronger flavor it has. Cooking mellows that so it’s great in a soup.
  • the health benefits of beans. Beans are budget friendly and a top fiber source.
  • It goes well with cornbread 😉

The home cook in me likes that:

  • most ingredients can be stored in freezer or pantry, so this is a go-to dinner solution.
  • it’s ready in about 30 minutes.
  • it freezes well, so another meal is ready.
bowl of Kale Turkey White Bean Soup and cornbread wedge

Kale Turkey Bean Soup and cornbread = comfort food

High Five Fiber Challenge
I’m looking to add more fiber to recipes. Beans, kale, onion are the fiber sources here. I created a free, 5-day challenge you can join by clicking this link. You’ll get tips and tools, resources and recipes to create your own roadmap to meet your fiber goals. Find it right here.

bowl of Kale Turkey Bean Soup
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Kale Turkey Bean Soup

Kale Turkey Bean Soup is a hearty soup that is easy to make and quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor, it’s ready in 30 minutes.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16-ounces ground turkey
  • 1012-ounces chopped kale, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • dash dried red chile flakes
  • 32-ounces broth, chicken or vegetable
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons red or apple cider vinegar


  • Soup: In a large pan over medium heat, heat oil and onion. Cook onion until softens, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic, cook one minute, stirring regularly. Add turkey and cook, stirring occasionally to break it up into large crumbles, until it browns, about 10 minutes. Add kale, thyme, chile flakes, broth, and water, bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat to low, add beans, simmer the soup (some bubbling of the liquid) until kale is tender, about 10 minutes. Add vinegar, stir, heat through.


Collard greens, Swiss Chard or spinach may be substituted for the kale. If the stems seem tough, trim them before cooking. Spinach cooks faster than kale, so when it softens, it’s done.

The soup freezes well.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 255

Keywords: hearty soup, easy soup, bean soup, kale soup

Kale Turkey Bean Soup | This hearty soup is easy to make and quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor in 30 minutes!

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