Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone

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Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone

Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone for Dinner

Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone is a favorite go-to for quick meals that I can just toss in the slow cooker and return home to.  Savory, meaty soup simmered in it’s own stock and tomato juice, it’s a great main dish or starter soup for any meal, especially when paired with a good crusty bread.  While I use ground turkey as my meat of choice, you could also use Italian sausage, ground beef, or ground chicken to give Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone a flavor that’s to your liking.  It’s a versatile, delicious soup that you can fix any way you like.

Clean out the Fridge for Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone

Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone is what I consider a “clean out the fridge” soup.  I check all the veggie drawers for things that are getting older, maybe carrots that are getting roots again, or celery that’s going a little limp.  This time I found a lone sweet potato that I didn’t need for a dinner party.  It’s amazing how wonderful a soup can be with a little of this and a little of that.  I can “hide” veggies that my family might not eat otherwise when I put them in soups, such as pumpkin or squash, lentils, and even turnips or rutabagas.  Simple, delicious vegetables find a scrumptious home in Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone.

Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone

Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 lg can diced tomatoes
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, saute the ground turkey until no pink remains.
  2. Place the turkey and remaining ingredients in a large slow cooker.
  3. Cover and set to low for at least 6 hours.
  4. Serve hot.
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Making Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone the Super Quick Way

If you are always running low on time, here’s a simple way to make Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone faster and easier.  When you purchase your ground turkey, saute it up and freeze it with its juice.  Then, when you are ready to put everything in the slow cooker, you can just put in the pre-cooked turkey, two bags of frozen veggies, and a large can of diced tomatoes.  You’ll have dinner in the slow cooker in about 3 minutes flat, and you can be on your way to whatever the day holds.  Whether you make Slow Cooker Turkey Minestrone from scratch, or pre-cook the ingredients, you’ll have a deliciously fresh dinner on your time.

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