Rating: 4.52 stars
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a quick, yummy soup perfect for a cool evening. Tarragon is a perfect compliment to turkey, and adds a heavenly aroma that fills the house when I cook this soup.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey; cook and stir until the turkey has crumbled and begun to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the onion and green pepper, and continue cooking until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 3 minutes.

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  • Pour in the chicken broth, and add the tarragon, carrots, and red potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the potatoes soften, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in barley. Continue simmering until the barley is tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

271 calories; protein 16.7g; carbohydrates 36.4g; fat 6.9g; cholesterol 46.4mg; sodium 911.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (41)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2008
added a clove of garlic. very good. can use rice instead of barley if you prefer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2008
This was okay but we thought it needed a lot more flavor. I had to add another 4 cups of broth as it was cooking especially after I added the barley it just absorbed all the liquid. I didn't have quick cooking barley so it actually had to simmer about 45 minutes before it was done. My family thought it was okay but not great and they both gave this 3 stars. Read More
(4)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2008
added a clove of garlic. very good. can use rice instead of barley if you prefer. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
I followed the directions and froze the leftovers. Great the second time around! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
SOOOO good! My 1 yr old 5 yr old and husband loved it. I used leftover turkey meat from thanksgiving meal and turkey broth I'd made from the turkey carcass. Also I used cooked brown rice instead of barley. It tasted a little off in the end and it took a while to figure out what was missing... garlic powder made it PERFECT so next time I'll do crushed garlic with the onions and green peppers. Amazing! So good and so good for you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2009
This was great! I halved the recipe but used the full pound of meat to please my other half. I only had regular barley so I precooked it and added it at the end. I did let it simmer a bit longer than the recipe states to give my bread time to finish baking. Thanks for a great recipe! UPDATE: I did freeze a serving of this and once thawed it tasted great! Almost better than the first time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2009
Most recipes I find on this site need modified slightly. Not this one. It is perfect as is. Kids loved it. Husband loved it. In our family that is a true Christmas miracle!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2008
Fantastic! I worried that the tarragon (which is really pungent in its dried form) would be overpowering but oh my it provided a very delicate flavor that paired perfectly with the other flavors of this soup. It's even better the next day too! Even my husband enjoyed this hearty soup! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2008
This was okay but we thought it needed a lot more flavor. I had to add another 4 cups of broth as it was cooking especially after I added the barley it just absorbed all the liquid. I didn't have quick cooking barley so it actually had to simmer about 45 minutes before it was done. My family thought it was okay but not great and they both gave this 3 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
This was really good and I have been hoping to find a unique recipe for ground turkey. We really enjoyed this soup. We didn't modify it much we used 1/4c regular barley and 1/2c orzo (my husband loves orzo in soup). Oh ya I also added garlic. The flavor was great and it was warm & satisfying for a chilly night. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2011
This came out pretty good but I think it would be even better with leftover turkey instead of ground turkey (but then again I'm just not a fan of ground meats in soups). I probably doubled the onion added two cloves of garlic and used my homemade vegetable stock. I hate when I'm rolling through a recipe only to find I'm missing key ingredients but subbing sweet potato for red potato worked beautifully and instead of barley I had about 1/2 cup of red lentils to use up. Love the tarragon aroma and flavor - used the full 2 tbsp and it was perfect. Can't wait for the next turkey dinner so I can try this with chopped cooked turkey instead of ground! Read More
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