Turkey & Squash Soup


This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a little kick from crushed red pepper and some zing from fresh lime juice. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (instead of the cutlets); dice it and add a few minutes before serving. Serve with cornbread.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 2 leeks, trimmed, chopped and rinsed

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, (1 small to medium), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme, or 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 pound turkey cutlets, cut into 1/2-by-2-inch strips

  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth, squash, thyme and cumin; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add turkey and corn; return to a simmer and cook until the turkey is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lime juice and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
3g Fat
31g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 24g 49%
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Vitamin A 12452IU 249%
Vitamin C 52mg 58%
Folate 86mcg 21%
Sodium 550mg 24%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 692mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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