A wonderful, light soup perfect for the post-holiday turkey leftovers. The lemon in this recipe makes your palate zing, and it is so friendly on the waist-line when you need a 'light' meal after the heaviness of the holidays. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic in hot oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and red bell pepper; cook and stir until carrots begin to soften, 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Pour turkey stock into vegetable mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir cooked turkey, lemon juice, and lemon zest into turkey stock mixture; simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add spinach leaves, salt, and black pepper; simmer until spinach wilts and turns bright green, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 7.7g 3% DV; fat 5.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 27.6mg 9% DV; sodium 482.2mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Made this soup x2...it was wonderful. I added another 1/2 cup of Turkey and 1/2-3/4 cup liquid to broth. Lemon flavor is evident but not too strong. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2018
Needed more than 2 cups of liquid, I ended up adding 2 more cups. It was a little lemonie for my taste, if I make it again, I will add a little less Lemon juice. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Made this soup x2...it was wonderful. I added another 1/2 cup of Turkey and 1/2-3/4 cup liquid to broth. Lemon flavor is evident but not too strong. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2015
This is a delicious soup it turned out great! I have been using canned chicken broth and cooked chicken rather than the turkey since that is more convenient for me. I typically double the recipe and to that I add 2 cups of cooked brown rice and a little bit of extra broth. I love the light fresh taste from the lemon juice and lemon zest. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2018
Needed more than 2 cups of liquid, I ended up adding 2 more cups. It was a little lemonie for my taste, if I make it again, I will add a little less Lemon juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2018
I was actually surprised how much I liked this soup. I was really expecting it to be kind of bland but loved all the healthy ingredients in it so thought I'd give it a try. I had leftover turkey stock and turkey meat from thanksgiving. The only change I made was to up the turkey stock to 4 cups. Two cups would definitely not have been enough. I'll probably use 5 cups next time. It was so yummy!! It's something about the lemon/lemon zest. It just gives it such a pleasant taste! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2013
Nice change of pace. The lemon is fresh tasting but not overwhelming. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2015
Deliciousness! Followed the recipe exactly. Great with leftover turkey. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2016
This is awesome! I added 1 fresh chopped seeded jalapeno as well.....that was the only change I made and I will definitely make it again....I used the leftover Thanksgiving turkey but I think this would also be great made with chicken and chicken stock. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2018
This was delightful! A very light yet flavorful alternative to traditional turkey noodle soup. I plan to make this in years to come after Thanksgiving! A nice little "detox" from the heavy Thanksgiving fare. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2015
My family loves this soup. We use the turkey frame to make the stock. The lemon gives it a very nice lightness that I don't often find with other recipes designed to use up leftover turkey. I put lemon wedges on the side for those who want extra. Read More
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