Turkey Dumpling Soup Recipe | Cooking at Home With Stretching a Buck

by Marcy on February 21, 2012 · 3 comments

Last week I introduced my new blog series Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck. It is here that I’ll share something that I cooked up for my family and our thoughts on it. I’m doing this both in an effort to eat at home more, and to bust out of my cooking rut. If I help a few of you along the way, all the better!

I frequently make homemade chicken noodle soup, but last week I decided to mix it up a little bit and try something new. I had some ground turkey that I needed to use, and I had also purchased a bag of frozen dumplings at Kroger recently that I wanted to try. So I decided to swap the chicken for turkey and the noodles for dumpling and make a Turkey Dumpling Soup. I thought it sounded like a fairly safe experiment. ;-) (Note: This recipe would also be great made with leftover Thanksgiving Turkey!)

First I diced my veggies and added them to some melted butter.

After the veggies were soft, I added the ground turkey breast and cooked it until it was no longer pink. (Note: if you are using leftover Thanksgiving Turkey, you can add it here)

Then I added 2 cartons of chicken broth and 2 packets of Swanson Flavor Boost, and brought the mixture to a boil. (Note: if you don’t want to use Swanson Flavor Boost, add 4 chicken bouillon cubes, or skip this step.)

I added the frozen dumplings and let the soup simmer for 30 minutes. I then added salt and pepper to taste. Here is the end result:

So what was the verdict? My picky children wouldn’t touch it (no shock there), but my husband and I really liked it! The only thing that would have made it better was a slice of crusty bread (my favorite splurge is the Tuscan bread from Whole Foods) and glass of white wine! I will definitely make this soup again.

This was my first time using frozen dumplings. I really liked the taste of these (Reames Flat Homestyle), but I think I’ll experiment with a different shape next time to see if they are a little easier to eat. As long as you have a large spoon, these work fine.

So what are you cooking in your kitchen this week? Do you have any tips to share with me as to how you would make this soup even better?

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Turkey Dumpling Soup

Serves: 6 servings

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1 12 oz Bag Reames Flat Frozen Dumplings (or dumpling of your choice)
  • 2 - 32 oz Containers of Chicken Broth
  • 2 packets of Swanson's (or similar) Chicken Flavor Boost (optional)
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 3-4 Medium Carrots, Peeled
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 3-4 Stalks of Celery
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  1. Dice onion, carrots and celery.
  2. Melt 2 TBSP of butter in a dutch oven or soup pot.
  3. Add onion, carrots, celery and cook until soft - 7-10 minutes
  4. Add ground turkey breast to mixture and cook through.
  5. Add chicken broth, flavor boost (optional) and bring to a boil.
  6. Add Frozen Dumplings and cook according to the directions on the package. (30 minutes for Reames)
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara November 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

This sounds really yummy!

2 Karen Goodman November 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

I saw you linked up this recipe at Melt in Your Mouth linky party last week. It would be perfect for my new link party posted today which features turkey recipes. I hope you’ll stop by and post it along with any other turkey recipes you have. You can find the party here:


3 Marcy November 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I just linked up Karen! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about it! :-)

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