Turkey Burger Soup

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by Amber on November 17, 2011

When I was a kid, many a weeknight dinner started with a jar of, as many of us Southerners term it, “Spaghetti Sauce”.

It wasn’t until I moved to the East Coast that I learned a few things about my beloved Spaghetti Sauce. (Or as Davey and Ava like to call it, “Basketti Sauce”.)

‘Round here, it’s just “sauce” or “gravy”. And people sorta judge you if your sauce comes from a store-bought jar.

Well, I’m here to say that while I’m fully capable of making my own “gravy”, there are just some nights when it is not going to happen.

Sometimes you’ve got to choose between giving into a drive-thru, or pulling a jar out of the pantry. I guarantee you, pulling the jar out of the pantry will result in less calories every time.

I’m also going to let you in on a little secret: That jar of pasta sauce doesn’t have to be relegated to just covering pasta. It can be the start to some pretty spectacular soups too. You can use it in recipes just like you would a good box of stock.

Now, my personal favorite is a brand called Classico. I’ve bought it for years.

(And no, this isn’t a sponsored or even a review post – I’m just tellin’ ya what you’ll find in my pantry.)

The Classico Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic is my favorite for everything from pizza to garlic bread dipping sauce, to of course, spaghetti bolognese.

And, like their catch phrase says, they make it like *I’d* make it. No high fructose corn syrup here, thank you very much!

But I’m here to clue you in on my favorite use for that sauce: Turkey Burger Soup. A jar of Classico, some ground meat, a couple of potatoes and a bag of organic mixed vegetables, you, my friends, have dinner on the table, full of flavor and goodness, in under an hour.

With plenty of delicious leftovers too!

When I was a kid, my mom often made this soup, which she called Hamburger Soup, with sautéed hamburger. I’ve lightened the soup up by using sautéed ground turkey instead, but feel free to use whatever you’d like. Ground pork would be equally delicious.

You can also go sans meat all together and beef (hah!) up the vegetable content. Add in whatever vegetables you fancy: mushrooms, zucchini, squash, even cabbage, are fabulous here.

The bottom line is, between the pasta sauce and the stock, you get a robust savory simmered-for-hours flavor, without having to simmer for hours. (Unless you want to, which will only make the soup better.)


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DessertForTwo November 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I can taste the comfort of this soup. I’ve been wanting to make my mom’s spicy vegetable soup (that has ground beef in it) for a while now, but I think this is taking it’s place :)

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I think you should make both, AND ask Momma if you’re allowed to share that recipe!

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

I love how easy this is and I think my husband would LOVE it! (win-win!)

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Rachel, if he’s a meat and potatoes man (aren’t they all?), this is a definite man-pleaser.

Tracy November 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM

This soup sounds amazing! I love using ground turkey to lighten up meals, and since I am all over soup of any kind right now, this is definitely something I’ll be trying.

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Tracy, let me know how you like it :)

Delishhh November 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Amazing left over soup – saving this link!

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Thanks, Ewa!

Casey@Good. Food. Stories. November 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I will get kicked out of the Italian club if I use jarred sauce – but I pretend not to notice if Dan buys it for baked ravioli when I’m out of town.

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Even if you’re using it to make something so un-Italian?

Jamie | My Baking Addiction November 17, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I want this – right now. You totally turned me on to Classico – love that stuff when I need a little help from the store!

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Mmmm Classico. SO yummy :) Pretty sure Brian would love this soup too, Jamie.

Katrina November 18, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I love this! So many yummy ingredients in there!

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Thanks, Katrina! It certainly is tasty. Savory soup heaven.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Love the look of this soup! I bet it would smell fantastic simmering away in the slow cooker.

PS – While I often make my own “gravy”, I am totally with you on the fact that sometimes you just want to open a jar. :)

Amber November 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Amen, sister. I needed that reminder – I haven’t been utilizing my slow cooker much this Autumn, and that needs to change.

Vanessa Noble January 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Any chance you’d do a homemade sauce post?

Angela @ The Dancer Bakes January 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

This recipe officially saved my butt for the next week – tons of delicious leftovers for the craziest week of college! It’s going on my list of standby’s – thanks for sharing!!

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