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Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey and Kale Minestrone

This recipe is a great way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or cooked turkey breast any time of the year. The minestrone is rich, wholesome, and very flavorful—and still not heavy. Fast too: about 30 minutes to cook.

Serves 6

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diagonally sliced peeled carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 28-oz can stewed tomatoes, with juice
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 packed cups coarsely chopped or torn kale
  • 3 oz macaroni (about 3/4 cup dry pasta)
  • 1 lb cooked turkey breast
  • 1 15.5-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Minestrone Ingredients 
Bite-Sized Turkey Breast
  1. Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the carrot, onion, and garlic and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, 6-7 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, with juice, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes. 
  3. Add the broth, kale, and macaroni and cook until the pasta is almost tender, 8-9 minutes.
  4. Stir the cooked turkey breast and beans into the soup and cook until hot throughout, 7-8 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt as needed.
Carrot, Onion, and Garlic
Tomatoes Added 
Broth, Kale, and Macaroni Added 
Turkey and Beans Added
Divide the minestrone among 6 bowls and serve.

Turkey and Kale Minestrone

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