Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

One guarantee of being a teacher is that you get sick. Every fall I work extra hard at staying healthy. I wash my hands constantly, I wipe down the door handles and light switches in my classroom, I don’t touch my face with my hands, and I do my best to live a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle means getting regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, eating a nutritious diet, and getting enough sleep.

Every day 73 students rotate through my classroom doors – that means that I am subjected to many, many cold germs! So as hard as I try to stay healthy, I invariably come down with one or two colds a year. This year is no different!

After a few exceptionally busy and stressful weeks that were filled with reading assessments, parent-teacher conferences and getting all 73 kids and myself off to science camp for a week, I came down with a nasty cold. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw photos of amazing soups and meals that my husband was making for me while I was down for the count. One of my favorites dishes was a kale and bean soup that he made. Here is a version of his soup that I like to make. Mine has a bit more color with the addition of the butternut squash, and like his, it is yummy and absolutely nutritious!

Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 5 celery ribs including green tops, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 6 cups chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 1 – 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Directions

  1. In a very large non-stick stock pot, sauté the ground turkey, onion, celery, garlic, and ginger until the turkey is cooked and the vegetables are soft.                                                                                                          Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
  2. Add broth, spices, beans, squash, and kale to the pot.                                                                                         Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
  3. Bring to a boil – stirring occasionally.
  4. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.             Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
  5. Add additional salt and pepper if needed to taste.

Look at all of these colors! This soup is simply delicious and so healthy! 

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It is important to all of us to try our best to stay healthy. Like I said, I practice many healthy habits. I get regular exercise, drink water, eat a nutritious diet and work at getting enough sleep. Eating healthy is easy with this Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe! It is nutritious and delicious! A

Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 5 celery ribs including green tops, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 6 cups chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a very large non-stick stock pot, sauté the ground turkey, onion, celery, garlic, and ginger until the turkey is cooked and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add broth, spices, beans, squash, and kale to the pot.
  3. Bring to a boil - stirring occasionally.
  4. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add additional salt and pepper if needed to taste.
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48 Replies to “Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe”

  1. Am making today. Does it freeze well?

    1. Every time I have made this it was eaten up! Even with a few leftovers, we ate it the following day for lunch. I am not really sure how the chunks of cooked butternut squash would hold up to freezing. Let me know how it turns out, if you freeze some. I’d love to know!

  2. I would always opt for healthier ingredients especially when it comes to the food that I serve to my kids! I think this is an awesome recipe!

    1. Thanks! We sure do love this soup!

  3. This sounds good. I made a similiar soup a few weeks ago and really love it.

    1. Thanks – we love it!

  4. Carolina Weick says: Reply

    Big butternut squash fan here! Especially in a delicious soup like this one. I imagine myself curling up with a bowl full and a fuzzy blanket this holiday season!

  5. I love love love love butternut squash soup. It is SO good. I would love this recipe simply for that reason alone! LOL. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I agree! I have a butternut squash soup recipe where the squash is pureed and it is a creamy soup. So yummy. This one is great in that the squash is still in chunks. I love it both ways.

  6. Life is better when there’s butternut squash in it! There is nothing you can do with that vegetable that won’t be a favorite in my book.

    1. I agree! I just had pasta tossed with a Butternut Squash Sauce and oh my! So delicious!

  7. Yum, I would totally love this soup! I am not so sure about all my kiddos but at lease I know I would eat well!!

    1. You never know! My kids love this soup.

  8. I love a good soup and this recipe makes me very hungry. Is it possible to make it without onions?

    1. Oh – I would think so. I did not like onions for a long time, but now I love them. It would just change the flavor a bit. But with so many of those other ingredients, it would still be very flavorful.

  9. This soup looks delicious. I have been having soup every day this week. I also have been clorox wiping everything lately. Some neighbor boys that play with my kids had a bug and I am trying to avoid it in our house.

    1. Good luck keeping everyone healthy!

  10. I love kale in my smoothies! Great post and I can’t wait to try this out with out next meal!

    1. I hope you love this soup as much as we do!

  11. Omg can we say yum?!?! Your soup looks absolutely amazing!!! I just love kale. Must give this a try

    1. There is a whole lot of yumminess in this soup!

  12. This soup sounds incredible! My fiancé LOVES butternut squash so I’ll have to share this with him!

    I also like to keep our medicine cabinet stocked! It’s the best when someone needs something. Now for organizing it…

    1. Lol! It is so true – when you most need something to beat a virus, you feel least like wanting to run to the store to get it

  13. I love a good healthy soup recipe! I need to try this for those winter sniffles.

    1. This soup is delicious and very nutritious!

  14. As a former teacher I totally get your clean routine for prevention. I do not miss all the tissues, sneezes, and coughing! #client

    1. Lol! It can get to be a bit much when you see the trashcan overflowing with tissue! That is why it is so important to work at staying healthy, and being prepared for when the cold does hit.

  15. I know my husband will love this. We get kale in our CSA every week and other than putting it in smoothies, we just have run out of ideas!

    1. This will be perfect!

  16. I can not imagine being surrounded by that many children! You are amazing! That soup looks amazing!! I love a good hearty soup when I’m sick!

    1. Lol! It can get quite noisy sometimes, but I do love it!

  17. This has all of my favorite things in it. How delicious! It’s more like a stew than a soup, so hearty!

    1. I hope you love it as much as we do!That is a great way to describe this soup! It is really filling!

  18. I love that this is full of healthy goodness and chunks! I hate a watery soup so this would suit us fine!

    1. This is a very filling and tasty soup!

  19. This looks amazing! All of these different flavors in one soup absolutely sounds heavenly. I need to give it a try.

    1. I hope you love it as much as we do!

  20. The soup looks delicious. I have never made a soup like this so I’m eager to try it. Eating a nice warm bowl of healthy soup is the best when your sick.

  21. I’m so making this! Pinned it for later. I was looking for a good soup recipe. One that I have yet to do, so this is perfect and healthy!

    1. I hope you love it as much as we do!

  22. YUM! This recipe is perfect for me. I may be one of the few people that truly enjoys kale and using it whenever I can. I can’t wait to try this out.

    1. We love kale too! Plus it is so good for you. I hope you enjoy the soup as much as we do.

  23. I love soups! Especially this time of year. Sick or not, as soon as the weather turns cool I could eat soup every single day. This one is definitely getting added into our rotation. Thanks!!

    1. This recipe is a keeper! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

  24. Dawnel Bratton says: Reply

    It sounds yummy. Have you made it in a slow cooker before?

    1. Yes, it is delicious!
      Totally yummy! No, I have not made it in a slow cooker. Though I have made up a double batch and reheated in the slow cooker 🙂

  25. Now that’s a soup I would enjoy while sick. It’s hearty and warm. The perfect combo when feeling poorly.

    1. Yes, it is delicious!

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