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Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach

Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach is a low-carb version of a delicious Ground Turkey and Barley Soup; take your choice on which one you’d like! Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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For many years I was on a quest to prove that ground turkey doesn’t have to be boring, and this comforting and flavorful Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach is a low-carb variation of a Ground Turkey and Barley Soup recipe I created during that time. The soup with barley is delicious, but I know many of my current readers are going to prefer the new version that switches out the barley for cauliflower rice. And I am all about free agency, so make whichever version of the soup that appeals to you!

The ingredient that helps the ground turkey to shine is in both these soups is mushroom stock! You can use an easy-to-find ingredient like Better Than Bouillon Mushroom Base (affiliate link) to make the stock, but I am a bit of a sucker for imported brands like the one you’ll see in the photo below. If you don’t want to buy mushroom base, you can still make this using all vegetable stock, but bumping up the mushroom flavor makes a big difference. I made the new low-carb version of this soup when I had some friends over for dinner and it was a hit; hope you enjoy!

(Edit: Shirley from Gluten Free Easily tells me that Better than Bouillon no longer guarantees their products are gluten-free, so their brand of mushroom base won’t work for people who have to avoid gluten, but this soup is gluten-free with gluten-free mushroom base.)


Ground Turkey and Barley Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach found on KalynsKitchen.com

And here’s the photo and the printer-friendly recipe for the original soup with barley if you’d like to try that version! And this was a pretty good photo for back in those days! (This soup with barley is definitely NOT low-carb or gluten-free.)

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How to Make Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Take package of cauliflower rice out of the freezer and measure out 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice. Let it thaw on the counter while you start the soup. 
  2. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the turkey, breaking it apart with the turner or a potato masher (affiliate link) as it cooks. Season turkey with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Put browned turkey into a large soup pot.
  3. Add another 2 teaspoons olive oil to the frying pan and saute the onions about 4 minutes; then add the garlic, thyme, poultry seasoning, and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and cook about 2 minutes more. Put the onion mixture into the soup pot.
  4. I made mushroom stock with water and the imported mushroom base cubes you see in the photo, but those are hard to find and Better Than Bouillon Mushroom Base (affiliate link) is also great.
  5. Add vegetable stock (or canned vegetable broth) and mushroom stock to the soup pot with the turkey, onions, celery, and spices. Turn on stove under the soup pot to medium and let it start to cook, turning it to a low simmer as soon as it start to bubble.
  6. Wash the mushrooms if needed and then cut into thick slices and then cut slices in half. Add mushrooms to the soup pot.
  7. Simmer soup until the mushrooms are done and the mixture is starting to smell like soup, at least 20 minutes.
  8. After about 20 minutes, add cauliflower rice to the soup pot and simmer about 10 minutes more.
  9. Coarsely chop the spinach. When you think the cauliflower rice is close to being cooked, add chopped spinach to the soup pot and cook 10-15 minutes more.
  10. Add 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice if desired (optional), cooking a few minutes more if you add the lemon juice.
  11. Serve hot, with grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.

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71 Low-Carb and Paleo Soups ~ Keto Diet Blog
Amazing Low-Carb Soups with Cauliflower Rice ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach is a low-carb version of a delicious Ground Turkey and Barley Soup from the earlier days of the blog.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 4 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (see notes)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (see notes)
  • 4 cups mushroom stock (see notes)
  • 8 oz. brown Cremini mushrooms, cut in thick slices and slices cut in half
  • 3 cups chopped spinach (or more)
  • 2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • freshly grated Parmesan for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take package of cauliflower rice out of the freezer and measure out 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice. Let it thaw on the counter while you start the soup.
  2. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the turkey, breaking it apart with the turner as it cooks. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Put browned turkey into a large soup pot.
  3. Add another 2 teaspoons olive oil to the frying pan and saute the onions about 4 minutes; then add the garlic, thyme, poultry seasoning, and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and cook about 2 minutes more. Put the onion mixture into the soup pot.
  4. I made mushroom stock with water and the imported mushroom base cubes you see in the photo, but those are hard to find and Better Than Bouillon Mushroom Base (affiliate link) is also great.
  5. Add vegetable stock (or canned vegetable broth) and mushroom stock to the soup pot with the turkey, onions, celery, and spices. Turn on stove under the soup pot to medium and let it start to cook, turning it to a low simmer as soon as it start to bubble.
  6. Wash the mushrooms if needed and then cut into thick slices and then cut slices in half. Add mushrooms to the soup pot.
  7. Simmer soup until the mushrooms are done and the mixture is starting to smell like soup, at least 20 minutes after you add the mushrooms.
  8. After about 20 minutes, add cauliflower rice to the soup pot and simmer about 10 minutes more.
  9. Coarsely chop the spinach. When you think the cauliflower rice is close to being cooked, add chopped spinach to the soup pot and cook 10-15 minutes more.
  10. Add 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice if desired (optional), cooking a few minutes more if you add the lemon juice.
  11. Serve hot, with grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.

Notes

If you don't have Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) use any all-purpose seasoning blend. If you don't have vegetable stock use two 14 oz. cans vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water. I used imported mushroom stock cubes, but if you don't find those use Better Than Bouillon Mushroom Base (affiliate link) mixed with water. If you don’t want to buy mushroom base, use 4 cups more vegetable stock.

This recipe was originally adapted from a recipe for barley casserole in the American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook. Low-carb version with cauliflower rice was created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 955mgCarbohydrates: 6.1gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 1.7gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach is perfect for low-carb diet plans. As long as you use lean ground turkey (with less than 10% fat), this soup would be great for the South Beach Diet (and the original soup with barley is okay for South Beach Phase 2 or 3 as well.). 

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    33 Comments on “Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach”

  1. Sounds scrumptious & healthy….right up my alley. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks Kalyn 😉

  2. Comments before this are for the original version of the soup with barley.

  3. Yummy recipe!! I substituted venison hamburg for ground turkey. I also sliced up 4 carrots & sauté with onions.

  4. So, if using for the FMD what are the portions to eat so that you meet the required phase based portion requirements

  5. Not much of a barley fan, so I used cauliflower rice instead, adding it at the end when dropping the spinach in.

  6. This is now one of our favorite recipes! It was so much better than I expected! Some red wine and crusty sour dough bread really elevated our meal. Definitely going on our list of staple recipes!