Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Total Time:
55 min
25 min
30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 to 6 large shallots, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces ground white turkey meat, broken into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small bunch kale, coarsely chopped (about 4 packed cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrots and bell pepper and saute, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to brown and soften slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the ground turkey and stir until the meat turns white and begins to color very slightly around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the herbes de Provence and stir, 1 minute. Add 4 cups broth, tomatoes and rice. Bring to a boil. Stir in the kale and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and the freshly ground black pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle each serving with parsley and Parmesan, if using, and serve.

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    Great recipe. I normally dont rate a recipe when I make a lot of changes but . . I cooked two turkey thighs on the grill with apple wood chips and used diced turkey meat instead of the ground turkey. I also took the bones and skn and made turkey / vegetable stock. I used this instead of the chicken stock. This was really tasty.
    Just made it using what I had on hand. I used quinoa instead of brown rice, Italian seasoning instead of herbs de provence, mustard greens instead of kale, and veggie broth instead of chicken broth (had some open already). I also didn't use bell peppers (hate them!) and added mushrooms. SOOOOOO YUMMY!!
    Yummy goodness. I love this soup. Made it for several friends for lunch one day and they all loved it, too. I make this about once a week in the cool weather and even crave it sometimes in the summer, too. I add more of everything except the chicken broth because the ground turkey I buy comes in one pound packages. I add more of everything else to balance out the extra turkey but have found that extra broth isn't really needed. This also freezes really well.
    BEST soup I have ever made (and I've made a lot). We've served this as a starter to fancy dinners, or just as a family supper. It pleases all palates, kids and adults. I've never seen my toddler daughter (or our friends' children) devour anything like this soup. I prefer lacinato (Tuscan) kale, if available. I've also substituted white beans for he turkey for vegetarians.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I have substituted ground pork for the turkey and used italian seasoning instead of the herbes De Provence with a touch of red pepper flakes....one of my families fav's!!!
    This is a hearty soup that is even better the next day. I used leftover turkey as well as its carcass to make the stock. I also substituted a wild rice mix for brown. That was a nice touch. We went with the reviews and added extra broth; the soup thickens up nicely.
    This soup is absolutely perfect for the winter! It's delicious, hearty, and healthy! Next time, I will half the rice though. Thanks again, Giada!
    I love, love, love this soup! The only alterations I made were the addition of chick peas, and I doubled the amount of broth the recipe calls for- the brown rice soaks it right up. I'll probably serve the rice on the side next time, actually!
    Absolutely LOVE this soup. Made it for my family (husband, 12 yo, 9 yo) and they loved it too! Glad to have leftovers to eat this week for lunch. The only criticism is that in the book it says it serves 4. We have gotten WAY more than for servings...probably 10.
    I am a college student and didn't have all of the ingredients available. So I used potatoes instead of brown rice, tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbes de Provence, ground turkey and chicken broth. Unfortunately I didn't have kale and some of the other ingredients but this is definitely something that I will make again! Although, it could use a little more broth but still good!!
    Absolutely delicious, easy to make, and healthy. I make it exactly as the recipe states and comes out perfectly every time. It is filling and tastes even better the next day.
    Awesome! I would definitely make this tasty meal again!
    This is truly a great tasting soup. Hearty, flavourful and full of good ingredients. I just received her latest cook book for Christmas (Giada's Feel Good Food) and this recipe is in the book and calls for 5 cups of broth. I made it exactly to the recipe in the book except used turkey broth and left-over turkey from Christmas and it was perfect. Already bookmarked the page so this will be made many times in the future. 
    This soup was fantastic, I used turkey broth instead of chicken and substituted wild rice for the brown. I will make this soup many more times before winter is over.
    This was a killer supper thanks Giada great meal
    This was wonderful, and will make it again and again! I like really flavorful broths and meaty soups, so enriched the broth by using 6 c Imagine unsalted chix cooking stock with 2 chix backs& necks, carrot, celery, onion & parsley, simmered for a couple of hours, then removed with slotted spoon and added the browned turkey-tomato-rice mixture & kale (I doubled the turkey) and cooked some more. It was divine! Will still add more stock before saving left-overs, as it is really thick and needs more of the wonderful broth! Next time I'll start with 8 c broth before enriching.
    Super easy, very flexible, delicious soup! Comes together quickly and the kale gives it a healthy freshness. As Debbie C. just said in the previous review; " it needs more broth."
    This is a great recipe. It is such a hearty soup we have it as a main course. I have been making this soup for several years now and love it. I wanted to comment. This soup is really thick and it needs a little more broth. I will add a can approx. 2 additional cups. Still very this thick. Delishes either way.  
    You never disappoint Giada! Thank you
    Wonderful for an after-holiday meal. Hearty, but healthy, too. I used turkey broth made from my Thanksgiving turkey carcass and added chopped leftover turkey breast instead of ground turkey. Turned out perfectly with some crunchy French bread on the side.
    OH. MY. GOSH!!! This was absolutely one of the most delicious things I've ever made! And for my husband to be satisfied by a soup for dinner, you know it was hearty and satisfying. And it felt so healthy too! Easy, healthy, and completely delicious! I added a chopped up zucchini but left everything else the same. So incredible.
    I love this recipe! There's tons of room for personalization depending on your tastes/whats in your kitchen. I've made this with sausage instead of turkey, and spinach instead of kale, both DELICIOUS, also I usually chop up some celery and throw it in there too. I generally leave out the rice b/c I'm trying to stay away from carbs, and never miss it. Simply fabulous.
    This has amazing flavor. And it's healthy. In addition, I used all organic ingredients - including the herbs. I will be making this again!
    Fantastic Recipe!!! I've made this recipe with kale and substituted the kale for cabbage. Right now, I'm on a grain-free diet and substituted the brown rice for chopped zucchini. This soup seems to taste great no matter what ingredients I've use. THANK YOU, GIADA!
    This was delicious! Don't be wary of the kale -- by the time you simmer it with the other ingredients, it just tastes like one delicious bite after the next! I doubled the amount of rice and didn't drain the tomatoes. We will definitely make this again.
    I love this soup! I wanted to find a way to add kale to my diet. This recipe is a great start. It's so easy and flavorful. Ground turkey is an interesting choice to use in this soup, but it works well. Plus, the herb de provence adds depth of flavor. I'll make this again and again.
    Giada is the best! I have made a couple of her recipes but never rate them but with this soup I just had to! It's simple and delicious, I didn't change a thing. This one is a keeper for the books! Thanks Giada for all your delicious recipes. I love your show thanks to your healthy recipes my family and I have been eating better and we don't even miss all the fat. :
    This is the BEST soup I've ever had. I have never used kale before and to be honest didn't think it would be good at all. But to my amazement it is awesome! I make it twice a week and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner most of the time. The only change I make is cut the rice in half, don't need the carbs. Thank you Giada for a healthy soup I just love..
    Giada, I just recently tried this recipe; as a matter of fact I just finished cooking it. Gyrl!! Let me just say.....it is truly AWESOME! Thank You, I enjoy your recipes and like yourself I'm a lover of chocolate ......so now I'm going to bake me something sweet and chocolatey!
    I made this tonight for my family and everyone LOVED it! It is easy to make and very very delicious! I didn't change a thing. Make it exact! But I also made this recipe with vegetarian "sausage" it was also delicious!
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