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Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup

Nutritious meets comfort in this hearty turkey barley vegetable soup! It’s loaded with veggies and can be made gluten-free, paleo, or vegan.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Keyword: easy dinner recipes, turkey barley vegetable soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • pounds ground turkey
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cube beef or chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups carrots (fresh or frozen — sliced)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium green pepper (chopped)
  • cup barley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot.
    2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Once the oil is hot, add the turkey and cook until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
    1½ pounds ground turkey
  • Return the turkey to the pot and add the water, bouillon, carrots, onion, green pepper, barley, salt, pepper, bay leaves, ketchup, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
    6 cups water, 1 cube beef or chicken bouillon, 2 cups carrots, 1 medium onion, 1 medium green pepper, ⅓ cup barley, 1 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, 2 bay leaves, ¼ cup ketchup, 28 ounces diced tomatoes, 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour.
  • Remove the bay leaves before serving.


This recipe is for 8 servings.
Gluten-free option: Replace the barley with a gluten-free grain such as brown rice or quinoa.
Vegan option: Omit the turkey and use vegan bouillon.
Paleo option: Leave out the barley.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 16g