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!
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.
Okay, I hope you enjoy this creamy Italian soup with ground turkey. If you do, recipe reviews are always appreciated!
- 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
- 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.
- Add the salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and peppers. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute.
- 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.
- 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