Hearty Turkey Minestrone Soup Recipe

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14 servings 120 calories 30 min. 1 hr.

Helps with these side effects:
Constipation, sore mouth and difficulty swallowing

Warm and hearty, this thick turkey minestrone soup is high in protein and low in fat. This recipe is packed with nutrient-rich veggies. While minestrone soup is traditionally meatless, this recipe calls for ground turkey or beef. You can opt for a vegetarian dish by skipping the turkey. If you’re struggling with taste changes and beef has a metallic taste opt for ground turkey breast instead.

When reheating your leftovers, consider adding more broth as the past will absorb the liquid.

Before making drastic changes to your diet, be sure to talk with your care team or nutritionist. While these recipes may relieve common symptoms, your treatment plan may include following a specific diet. If you have questions about what’s safe to eat or drink, your care team is ready to help.


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast or lean ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or beef broth

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 cup small pasta, such as orzo or pastini

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or white beans, rinsed and drained

  • Pepper and salt to taste

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a stockpot over medium-high heat, sauté the turkey and onion until the turkey is cooked through. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for 10 minutes, or until softened. Add the broth, tomatoes, basil, and oregano and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the pasta, frozen spinach, and chickpeas or beans and cook for 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Makes 14 servings.






This material is furnished for informational purposes and is for your personal use only. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise, judgment and specific advice of your care team. Based on your condition and treatment plan, you may have different medical and self-care needs. Please talk to your care team before making changes to your care plan or using any non-prescribed products during your treatment.

Reproduced, with permission, from Jeanne Besser et al., What to Eat During Cancer Treatment.  (Atlanta: American Cancer Society, 2009) ©2009 by the American Cancer Society.