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Italian Ground Turkey Soup

This ground turkey soup combines extra lean ground turkey, Italian seasoning, garlic, and Calabrian peppers with frozen cauliflower gnocchi and a cheesy ricotta sauce. Before cauliflower gnocchi sends you running for the Italian alps, you can definitely make this soup with pasta instead.

For such a thick and creamy turkey soup, it’s surprisingly low calorie. Every giant serving has 33 grams of protein with only 24 grams of carbs and 345 calories.

And when I say giant, I mean giant. One serving is fourteen ounces and nearly two cups. I hope you brought your appetite!

bowls of ground turkey soup with cauliflower gnocchi, peas, Calabrian peppers, and parmigiano reggiano

I’ve included a recipe card for you to save to your device or print for your recipe collection below. It has all the ingredient notes and substitution tips you should need to get cooking, but I always encourage readers to ask questions in the comments. I’m happy to help.

And if you’re a “soup season is year ’round” supporter like me, check out some of my other favorite recipes like white bean ground chicken soup or my infamous high protein taco soup.

Okay, I hope you enjoy this creamy Italian soup with ground turkey. If you do, recipe reviews are always appreciated!

bowl of ground turkey soup with cauliflower gnocchi, peas, Calabrian peppers, and parmigiano reggiano

Italian Ground Turkey Soup

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Italian seasoned ground turkey, garlic, and Calabrian chiles team up with frozen cauliflower gnocchi and green peas, parmigiano reggiano, and a creamy lemon ricotta cheese sauce.


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Calabrian Peppers
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 package Frozen Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) Frozen Green Peas
  • 4 oz Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan, freshly grated

For the Sauce

  • 15 oz Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Milk


  1. Heat a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium heat with the olive oil. Once hot, brown one side of the ground turkey for 3-4 minutes before breaking apart and fully cooking.
  2. Add the salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and peppers. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil before adding the cauliflower gnocchi. Cook for 5 minutes before adding the peas and cooking another 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the parmigiano reggiano, followed by the ricotta sauce. Salt to taste and serve immediately (or simmer over low heat until you're serving) with a garnish of freshly grated cheese and parsley or basil.


You can use sundried tomatoes, tomato paste with red pepper flakes, or omit entirely.

If you'd rather use pasta instead of cauliflower gnocchi, use a full quart of chicken broth and 8 oz of dry pasta. Bring to a boil before adding the pasta, covering, and cooking just shy of al dente. See my Italian chicken soup recipe for an example.

I used McCormick Italian seasoning, which is a combination of marjoram, rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, and sage. If you're using a seasoning with added salt, omit the salt in step 2 and salt to taste at the end. For another flavor profile that works well with this turkey soup, try lemon pepper like in my lemon ricotta ground turkey pasta.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup (14 oz)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 33g

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Monday 25th of September 2023

My family really enjoyed this.


Thursday 11th of May 2023

Absolutely fabulous. I would make this many times over. Reheats well too. Only thing I added was I sautéed onions and garlic as a base. I’ll probably keep that step. Thanks for the recipe!

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