This delicious and hearty smoked turkey and bean soup will excite your taste buds with stellar flavors of smokey, succulent turkey pieces, creamy navy beans and nutritious array of vegetable and fragrant herbs. If you are a lover for a comforting bean soup that doesn’t take hours to make, this recipe is perfect for you. Just under an hour you can have an easy hearty and healthy weekday meal on your table.
It is a great way to use your leftover smoked turkey from Thanksgiving! Basic vegetables like garlic, onions, carrots and celery, canned navy beans that everyone has in their fridge and pantry are the simple ingredients that make for a very tasty soup. Nothing fancy at all. If you don’t have leftover ham on hand you can just buy smoked turkey breast or legs in your grocery store.
Navy beans have soft creamy texture and delicate nutty flavor that works great in combination with savory, smokey turkey. The light taste of beans balances out the saltiness of smoked turkey meat while taking on the flavors and smell. Fresh herbs like thyme, basil and parsley really add an unbeatable freshness and wonderful aroma to the soup. Kale brings in a powerful nutritious punch and a beautiful pop of color. Tomato paste adds a little bit of an acidic element rounding up the complimenting flavors.
This cozy, filling soup is perfect for the cold winter months. It is definitely a staple in our house. It is very healthy, tasty and easy to make. Loaded with protein rich beans and turkey, and vegetables. Will not brake a bank as well and a great option when you have to feed a crowd. I love to serve it with a slice of hearty multigrain toasted bread for a complete, wholesome and satisfying meal.