Spicy Turkey & Root Vegetable Soup

Treat your Thanksgiving food coma with this light, healthy soup recipe.

Spicy Turkey Soup
Linda Xiao

A pinch of cayenne pepper ought to satisfy your heat requirements in this otherwise delectably warm turkey soup. It makes for the perfect day-after-Thanksgiving snack that will ease you back into clean eating after your day of gorging.  

Nutrition (per serving)

293 calories, 26g protein, 35g carbs, 6g fat

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Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

20 min.

  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 medium turnip, chopped
  • 1 (15-oz) can brown lentils, drained
  • 6 oz leftover skinless turkey, shredded into bite-size pieces
  • 6 cups (48 fluid oz) low-sodium turkey or chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine found in the Asian aisle)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne

Stack spinach leaves, roll, then slice into ribbons. 

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. When simmering, add onion, carrot, celery, and turnip. Cook till onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add lentils, turkey, stock, mirin, and bay leaves; stir to combine. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer till lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove bay leaves. Stir in cayenne and spinach. Ladle into bowls.