Turnip the AC

The smoked meat really goes well with the creamy beans

We thought we were done with soup, but a cold front — it’s only in the 80s — swept through. We went light on the seasoning and salt because smoked turkey has an intense flavor.

Smoked Turkey and Turnip Soup

  • 2 1/2 cups, smoked turkey, chopped
  • 4 cups cooked white beans
  • 2 cups turkey broth
  • 1 small bunch turnip greens
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

Wash turnips, separating out the greens. Chop the root vegetables in 1/2 inch chunks and the greens in slender ribbons, about three inches long. In a large pot, combine beans, turnip chunks, turkey and broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Allow to thicken and the turnips to get tender, about 40 minutes. Throw in the oregano and the greens and allow greens to wilt, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

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30 Responses to Turnip the AC

  1. It’s getting cold here and I think this bean and smoked turkey would be very welcome at dinner tonight. 🙂

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    How different can our climates be? Here we are, both celebrating temps in the 80’s but for completely opposite reasons. It’s not as if we’re on opposite sides of the continent or even that far from each other. incredible!

  3. As I look out at a bleak grey day, with rain in the offing, your soup sounds very comforting.

  4. rsmacaalay says:

    That looks so flavourful

  5. Tandy says:

    I love the title and the recipe 🙂

  6. This looks so great, I’ve never had turnip greens in soup before!

  7. Eva Taylor says:

    I put that comment on the wrong post! 80’s is a cold front? I’ve only had smoked turkey once, my brother brought it for Christmas one year, we didn’t love it. I think your home made turkey would be better though. I do love bean soup. I’ll have to get another round of soup into our repertoire before we hit summer; although this weekend we already had high 20C’s at the cottage!!!

  8. sallybr says:

    Same cold front here – also in the 80’s, a pathetic low temperature, so I agree and commiserate with you! 😉

    I roasted butternut squash, as in “normal days” I would not dare turning it higher than 400 F

  9. That looks and sounds so good – we´ve gone from Spring to Summer and back to Spring again this week 😦

  10. billpeeler says:

    Sounds like the turnips and beans are great, mild flavors for the smoked turkey. Sounds hearty and delicious ——

  11. nrhatch says:

    I love bean soup with greens . . . and are those homemade croutons? 😀

  12. Judy says:

    I don’t think to cook turnips very often, this is a great way to include them in the menu!

  13. Lea Ann says:

    It came through here and we bout froze.

  14. Oh, I would love a bowl of that right now – a delicious combination!

  15. TasteFood says:

    I love the idea of using turnip greens – so often I just use the root.

  16. Courtney says:

    Okay, that’s just plain mean – ONLY in the 80’s?!? Today’s high was 56…grrrr. (This dish does look good, though.)

  17. Charles says:

    Love the idea of turnip greens in the soup and I just adore smoked turkey. My wife’s father makes it… I could just eat the stuff by the handful! Lovely looking soup – when you say “white beans”… is that any particular type? Like haricots or something?

  18. Soup is always welcome. This one looks filling and delicious.

  19. Kristy says:

    I’ve never seen a soup like this one. Bet it was great!

  20. SimpleP says:

    Turnips have always been one of my favorite veggies. Another intriguing combo. Looks tasty!

  21. Jessica says:

    I appreciate the title. 🙂

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  23. Cathy Laws says:

    going through recipes for my diabetic client, we are hoping she is able to try this!! Thanks for sharing, i plan to eat it regardless hahaha

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