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Turkey Minestrone

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 10


  • 4 slices chopped bacon
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 ribs chopped celery
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1 medium diced zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups cooked chunks turkey
  • 1 can drained and rinsed cannellini beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups or turkey stock chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 4 cups roughly chopped baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons grated, and more for serving Parmesan cheese
  • to taste salt and pepper


In a large pot, cook bacon over med/high heat until crisp. Drain all fat but 1 tablespoon.

Add onion, celery, garlic and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste and mix well.

Add turkey, beans, bay leaf and stock. Bring to boil.

Add pasta and cook 9-10 minutes until al dente.

Stir in spinach and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve sprinkled with more parmesan cheese if desired.