Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini (30 Minute Meal)


Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini is quick and delicious, and easily made gluten-free. Ready in 30 minutes, too!

Hi. I have soup recipe you NEED to try. Even you soup haters out there.

Yes, you!

(PS How ya gonna hate on soup?)

Ben doesn’t normally care for it, which puzzles me to no end, but even he slurped this one down with a vengeance when I made it last night. Then emailed the following picture to me at 9:00 this morning, confessing to already demolishing the bowl he’d brought in for lunch.

Lay off me, I’m starving…

Which was in response to my email confessing that I had already polished mine off by 9:30.


I’m telling you – there’s something about Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini! I mean, it’s ready in under 30 minutes, contains pantry & kitchen staples, and JUST TASTES SO DAMN GOOD. Plus it’s easily made gluten-free. I had two bowls of it for supper last night. Fine. It was two and a half. I couldn’t help myself!

Start this easy, spicy soup by sauteing 99% lean ground turkey breast with carrots, onion, garlic, and salt & pepper until the turkey is cooked through.

Add in chicken broth, great northern beans, spices like Italian seasoning and crushed red chili pepper flakes, and the star of the soup – marinara sauce.

I used Giada de Laurentiis’ Savory Tomato Sauce from her Target Line. It was sensational!

I’m usually only buy local Gino’s Marinara Sauce for my marinara sauce needs, but for this soup – it was absolutely fantastic.

After the liquid comes to a boil, pour in gluten-free or regular ditalini pasta (or any short cut pasta,) then let the soup cook until the pasta is al dente.

Isn’t this pasta shape just the cutest?

When the pasta’s cooked – it’s time to eat!

Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini

serves 6


Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini is quick and delicious, and easily made gluten-free. Ready in 30 minutes, too!


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 baby carrots (or 2 whole carrots), chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1lb 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (23-28oz will work fine)
  • 3, 14oz cans chicken broth
  • 1 can cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free or regular ditalini, or other short cut pasta


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add in carrots, onion, garlic and turkey breast, and season with salt & pepper. Cook until turkey is no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. Pour in marinara sauce, chicken broth, beans, red chili pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then add in pasta. Simmer soup for 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Add more salt & pepper if necessary, and ladle into bowls to serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

The textures in this soup were fantastic, and it was hearty, yet light.

I could really taste the parmesan cheese in Giada’s Savory Pasta Sauce, and it complimented the other flavors so well. The tiny kick of heat from the red pepper chili flakes really did it for me too. SO YUM!

Supplemented with a nice side salad.

I’m telling you – make a double batch of this stuff. I wish I had!

In other news…

I’m still suffering from the unfortunate condition known as “vacation puff”, and am not quite ready to face the crowds at the gym just yet – well, that combined with the fact that I realized I’d had a huge chunk of masking tape on my scarf and a giant patch of dark and scaly-looking powder on the right side of my face the entire time I was running errands this afternoon, and wasn’t about to risk anymore chances of public embarrassment – so I hopped over to my parent’s house to use their treadmill after work, where I pushed through this INTENSE Sprint Interval Treadmill Routine:

Print this workout!

Followed by a 4x10x10 At-Home Workout I got from Tina:

10 Push-ups
10 Sit-ups
10 Mountain Climbers (10 each leg, 20 total)
10 Air Squats

Repeat circuit 10 more times, for a total of 100 reps of each exercise.


A few more days of workouts + continuing the non-stop flow of H20 I’ve been guzzling since we got back, and I should be ready to face the crowds in no time. ;)

‘Til then, I’m off to do some laundry (the type A in me HAD to unpack last night!) then settle in with some freelance work, with a side of Teen Mom.

Have a great night!


What time do you usually eat lunch everyday? Do you eat it all at once, or spread it out throughout the afternoon?

What’s your favorite soup/stew?

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  1. Lauren 01.03.2012

    This soup sounds amazing! I always say I could easily drink a bottle of good marinara sauce so this sounds perfect.

  2. I love all kinds of soup, but I’m not a fan of tomato based soups for some reason. My favorite kind of stew would be any kind of curry that has some sort of dried fruit in it, like dates or raisins. I love the savory/spicy/sweet combo!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.03.2012

      I am not either, but this was nothing like the traditional condensed soup in a can variety!

  3. Yum! I’ve been looking for a good soup recipe to try- this sounds perfect!

  4. Emily 01.03.2012

    Those pasta shapes are pretty cute. I saw the “little stars” in the past aisle yesterday and almost bought them based on cuteness alone. Homemade soup is the best!

  5. I’ve been eyeing Giada’s line at Target….now you’ve convinced me to give in and try it out! I’m loving soup right now too so might have to try it with this recipe, since you’re insisting :)

  6. Katie C 01.03.2012

    This looks delicious! I’m normally pretty picky about my soups, but this one looks like a winner!

  7. Gail Orcutt 01.03.2012

    I’ve been meaning to let you know that the Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts was a BIG success at the family Christmas dinner. all three sisters-in-law asked for the recipe.

    I made it again just for the two of us for our New Year’s Eve feast.

    That was definitely one of my Top 11 for 2011.

  8. That soup does look awesome – I’d like to hop on the homemade soup bandwagon, but I love Trader Joe’s Organic Lentil soup if I’m in a rush. Re: lunch time…I feel like I’m always starving around 11 try my hardest to hold out until the socially acceptable time to eat lunch which I guess is noon?

  9. Amber 01.03.2012

    This soup looks really good..except I am a little skeptical with regards to the carrots. Do they make the soup all carroty?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.03.2012

      Definitely not. It’s just like adding carrots to chicken soup – just gives it more soup flavor. I hate the flavor of cooked carrots too, and it was definitely not like that at all!

      • Amber 01.08.2012

        Thanks! We made it yesterday and it was delicious! I love how much leftover there is – we can eat this for a couple of days.

  10. thatShortchick 01.03.2012

    I just finished off the last serving of this soup tonight!! After I saw this recipe in one of your friday favorite posts, I immediately bookmarked and we tried it for the first time on new year’s eve. We made it without the turkey and are obsessed with this recipe!!

  11. Nancy 01.03.2012

    Sounds like wonderful soup by itself, or even could add some other things if you wanted to do that. Mmm.

  12. This looks good, but I’m skeptical of the pasta… I usually don’t like any pasta in soup unless it’s noodles from chicken noodle! lol

  13. Karla 01.03.2012

    This looks like a MUST-try recipe. I go crazy for soup when the weather is cold (OK, when it’s warm too) :) A winner—just like that killer workout!

  14. Jeralyn 01.03.2012

    Soup looks yummy! Do you have your own treadmill at home I’m looking into getting one what would you recommend?

  15. Maria W 01.03.2012

    I’m eager to try this soup, too! I love your clear pictures and easy directions. Thanks! I love soup with pasta in it! I eat lunch around noon and usually it’s very light. This soup would be a perfect choice!

  16. Haha that is one of my favorite skits from SNL.

  17. I made that soup after you posted a picture of it a few weeks back… so good! Can only imagine adding the ground turkey makes it even heartier!

  18. Eleni 01.03.2012

    I had some awesome chicken & smoked gouda soup at the Bread Garden in Iowa City today.

  19. My favorite soup is chili, hands down!!

  20. wow that soup sounds divine! i’m bookmarking this so i can make it for my hubs next week. thanks for sharing :) also, want another awesome workout? i found one on pinterest and i did it yesterday and am SO sore! http://pinterest.com/pin/115475177915235816/ it’s seriously amazing! enjoy!

  21. Can I please come eat dinner the next time you make this?!?! It looks like the perfect soup! We will be eating this in our house soon!!!

    As for lunch…usually it is leftovers or a salad…I try to spread it out through the afternoon, but I teach, so I only have so much time to eat!

  22. Jessica 01.03.2012

    You are a friggin rockstar with 100 reps! After a run, no less!
    Any ideas on what to replace the turkey with in this recipe? I dont eat meat and am not sure how filling it would be if I eliminate it instead of replacing it.

  23. Megan 01.03.2012

    Each day of the week I wish I could replace what’s on your table with what’s on mine. This looks absolutely delish and perfect for one of those cold winter nights! Going on the to make list right away.

    I’ve always been curious about Giada’s sauce… glad to hear such a raving review!

  24. Shannon 01.03.2012

    This does look yummy! If I can find the pasta, I’ll make it soon ( : It reminds me (slightly) of the famous Canyon Ranch Spa Turkey Chili recipe. Very tasty, too, but spicy- which I like.

    • dawn 01.03.2012

      Personally, I would think you can use any small pasta!

  25. Elena 01.03.2012

    This sounds GREAT! I’ve been in a soup mood and made butternut squash soup AND red lentil soup this weekend. I’m definitely going to try this one out too! Awesome job on that workout too – sounds hard core so I’m sure all of the vacation puff will be gone in no time!

  26. Lindsey 01.03.2012

    I usually always eat lunch at 12:30, I come home for lunch and the drives takes 15 mins or so, then by the time I prep it its 12:30pm. I also have a afternoon snack about 4pm too to fuel my workout after work.
    I love roasted butternut squash and tomato soup :)

  27. RebeccaS 01.03.2012

    Making this soup as soon as I get the ingredients. I can’t wait to try it!! That is a classic SNL skit. LOVE that scene.

  28. Em 01.03.2012

    Looks highly tasty!
    I’m trying to learn to cook (instead of just collecting recipes). Soup is a good starting point.

  29. Looks delish! I didn’t know she had a Target line. I loooove me some Target!

  30. dawn 01.03.2012

    Next time just use tomato, basil tomotoes! Perfection!

  31. Dream Mom 01.03.2012

    That soup looks good; I imagine the turkey with the onions and the other stuff would really add a robust flavor to the soup.I like many of Giada’s recipes. I just made her Simple Tomato Sauce twice now, sweetened it with a little sugar and it was delicious. I’ll never buy store bought again! It’s that good! Tastes great as a pizza sauce too.

    As for soup, I made a tomato soup in my new Blendtec blender this week-it was fantastic. I took the ingredients (tomatoes, carrots, celery, sweet onion, parsley, pepper), blended them in the blender on the “soup” button, then added 1 cup whole milk and cook it on the stove. I also added a little sugar and it tasted like a fresher version of Campbell’s Tomato Soup without all the junk. It’s my favorite new soup lately. The flavor is amazing.

  32. Hope 01.03.2012

    This soup sounds and looks amazing! I love that the base of the soup is marinara sauce! I am definitely going to make this. It’s perfect for a chilly night! :)

  33. Hahahhaah WHAT show is that still from?!

  34. Your soup looks and sounds AMAZING! I just made homemade chicken noodle with ditalini… love it! SO perfect for soups. In the summer I’m a salad gal but lately I’m a turkey and carrots or soup gal!

  35. Wow that interval workout looks intense! Good for you!

  36. Ris 01.04.2012

    When I eat at work I have to have lunch at 12:00 on the dot. When I’m at home or out and about, I eat whenever I’m hungry, which can really vary!

  37. Looks quite good…I’m ready to start making soups again. Love that you’re taking photos outside in the middle of January!

  38. Mary 01.04.2012

    What a lovely soup. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  39. Kristina 01.04.2012

    Hmm… my husband is also not a fan of soup. He also doesn’t like cooked carrots. I think it sound delicious though! He’ll live. :) And there’s always cereal in the cupboard!

  40. Carrie 01.04.2012

    The soup looks good. I also love that you admit to watching Teen Mom. I watch it too (#1 and #2). How can you not?!!

  41. YUM! Totally trying out this recipe, sans the pasta! Following the dukan diet, and cannot have pasta. =] xoxo

  42. Morgaine Fey 01.04.2012

    I must make this soup TONIGHT! It sounds like heaven and I have half the bits already!! My husband is a strict no foreign objects man (i.e. vegetables of ANY sort), so I make as much stuff with red sauce as I can! It tricks his brain and makes me feel a little better about his weirdo diet, lol. This sounds perfect.

  43. Micah 01.04.2012

    I might try this without pasta (to cut a few carbs). Sounds good for a cold night.

  44. Looks fantasitc considering I am sick! I think I might make this tonight! Do you think this would work with the “Best Ever, Marnina Sauce” you posted a while back? I am sure it would… or that other homemade tomato soup recipe with the roasted plum tomatoes you posted about…I might try this recipe a few different ways! :) Thanks for posting!

  45. Allison 01.04.2012

    This looks like a new and improved [adult version] and meaty alphabet soup- fabulous! Perfect for a cold winter day- warms ya from the inside out!

  46. Erin 01.04.2012

    I loooooovveeee soups, and this sounds simple and delicious! As far as my favorite goes, it has to be french onion soup. I can never get enough onions…my boyfriend loves that trait about me :-)

  47. Carrie 01.04.2012

    This looks really tasty! I’m going to veganize it and will let you know how it turns out.

  48. JennP 01.04.2012

    I make Giada’s Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup all the time (super similar to this, minus the turkey), and I just love it! When it sits for a day or two, it takes on more of a thick, chili-like texture – so yum!

    On another note, I have no idea how to do “5” on the treadmill. I find it too fast to walk and awkwardly slow to run!

  49. elizabeths 01.04.2012

    Just sat down for dinner with a big bowl of this yummy soup! Its soooo good! Will be having for lunch too! Thanks for sharing :)

  50. elizabeths 01.04.2012

    PS.. I sprinkled parmesean cheese over the soup its amazing. Kind of reminds me of spaghetti soup with the pasta , meat and sauce.

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