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. www.LiveBest.info

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 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.
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. 

How to make Turkey Bean Soup

This is an 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.

browned onions in Dutch oven
Brown chopped onion until softened.
browned turkey sausage in Dutch oven
Break up turkey and cook until browned, about 10 minutes.
fresh kale in Dutch oven
Yep, lots of kale! It cooks down. Use fresh or frozen (or another leafy green).

The ingredients

  • 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.
  • Beans: Canned beans are convenient, budget friendly and a top fiber source. Navy, cannellini, lima, use what you like.
  • Turkey: sausage or ground works in this recipe. Store a pound in the freezer for convenience.
  • Onion and garlic provide beneficial plant compounds
  • Spices and seasonings bring flavor and help keep extra salt down. A splash of vinegar brightens the soup.

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 when tie is short.
  • It goes well with cornbread 😉
Kale Turkey Bean Soup | This hearty soup is easy to make and quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor. www.LiveBest.info
Comfort spoon I received as a gift from a friend

Best socks…when they are necessary

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.

Spoons and socks = soul food

My Comfort spoon was a gift. Just seeing the spoon feels 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.

  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.
a pot of turkey kale bean soup with a spoon
Spoonful of Kale Turkey Bean Soup.
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.
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Kale Turkey Bean Soup

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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 (navy, cannellini or other white bean works)
  • 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

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