Turkey Cabbage Soup

by Kelli H. on February 22, 2015


Our condo is officially on the market. We now own a home we can’t live in yet due to renovations, and we’re living in our condo that is having open houses and multiple showings. It’s a tad difficult to live between a house that is covered in dust and a house that we have to keep spotless. I can’t wait until the condo sells. We’re planning on moving in to our new house around March 14th regardless of the sale of our condo, but I’d love if we got an offer before we move all the furniture out of our current house. Our real estate agent says it’s better to show a house with furniture so perspective buyers can imagine how they can furnish their new house. 

Putting a house on the market is kind of weird. Over the last two months David and I have done small improvements to our condo to fix it up and make it look nicer. We’ve decluttered every room, we cleaned every single set of blinds, we fixed our backyard fountain, we painted the fences, we moved all the furniture and cleaned underneath it. Basically our house is the best its looked since we moved in five years ago. Throughout all the little updates we’ve done we kept saying “why didn’t we do this years ago?” At our new house we don’t want to wait to fix things until we’re moving. We want to enjoy the improvements we do!


I suppose that’s enough about moving and selling. On to this delicious soup. I’ve made this soup approximately 500 times this past fall and winter. I pinned the original recipe back when I was doing the Whole30 and I’ve changed it a bit to make it fit our needs more. It’s really comforting on a chilly night. I’m sure you’ve heard that California is in another year of drought. Practically every day is sunny which is annoying since I love to have seasons. Luckily during the winter here the nights are still cold. Since most of the country is buried under snow I figured it was only right to share this soup. 

The turkey keeps us full and I know it’s odd but I really love cabbage. It’s so delicious softened up in soup. You could definitely use kale or spinach though if you’re not a cabbage fan. I love the tomato sauce which makes the broth super delicious. The only thing I’d recommend is making sure to check your diced tomatoes and tomato sauce don’t have any sugar added to them. I’m always disappointed to see how many brands add sugar to their canned tomato sauce, like Whole Foods. 


I hope this soup keeps you warm throughout the end of this winter and into early spring. It’s an easy soup to prepare even during the week. I’ve been making it throughout the whole buying/selling craziness this winter. You really can’t beat a one pan meal in my opinion.

Turkey Cabbage Soup
Turkey, cabbage, and veggies in a tomato broth. Comforting and perfect for those chilly nights. Serves 4-5.
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 pound ground turkey
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 2 carrots, diced
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  8. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  9. 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  12. 1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
  13. 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  14. 4-5 cups chicken broth
  15. 1 small or 1/2 large cabbage, core removed and sliced thinly
  1. In a large pot over medium heat; add olive oil. Stir in ground turkey and crumble. Stir in onions and carrots and sauté until turkey is no longer pink and veggies are semi-soft. Stir in garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in bay leaf, coriander, paprika, salt, pepper, allspice and mix in with meat and veggies. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in cabbage. Lower heat to a simmer. Cover pot and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove lid, season to taste if needed, and serve.
Adapted from Uni Homemaker
Adapted from Uni Homemaker
Made In Sonoma http://www.madeinsonoma.com/

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane February 23, 2015 at 8:15 am

Mmmmm I love cabbage in soup too! It’s so good and comforting, you are absolutely correct. Sending good ‘selling your condo ASAP’ vibes your way!


Kelli H. February 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

Thanks, Jane!


David W. February 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Yay for selling this condo ASAP! 🙂 This soup is definitely delicious, and a great winter warmer.


Meghan February 23, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I love cabbage too, and this looks perfect for our very cold weather. We sold our condo just about a year ago and it went quickly. Fingers crossed it goes the same for you!


Kelli H. February 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Thanks, Meghan!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm

I hope your condo sells fast! I’m sure it will. If the market in Sonoma is anything like it is here, it will!

This soup sounds fabulous! I love cabbage and all of the spices. Maybe I could replace the turkey with white beans? Sigh..the boring life of a vegetarian. 😉


Kelli H. February 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

I’m sure white beans would be delicious!

Thanks, Sarah! It’s not quite as crazy as where you are, but there’s been a good amount of interest so far! We’re looking at offers March 4th.


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