Gluten-Free Turkey Soup Recipe

This gluten free and easy turkey soup recipe will cure all ills
An easy, homemade turkey soup simmered in a Crock Pot

A Cure to Slurp

A certain soup slurping and prickly individual (we won't name names, to protect the innocent) has been feeling under the weather for so long now the sensation is in danger of becoming a habit. Yes, the tree pollen onslaught continues. Blessed by a wet winter, Southern California trees are celebrating with copious amounts of pollen, and who can blame them? 

Hence, your intrepid gluten-free goddess has been up to no good, stumbling and mumbling around her freshly painted apartment in a Snuffleupagus stupor, thick-nosed and unable to string two coherent sentences together, never mind invent a new recipe for her lovely and devoted readers (that would be, You). Ears and sinuses filled with unspeakable things do not a creative, exhuberant cook make.

This is when a Slow Cooker can save your life.

And, yes. A Neti Pot, too [this borderline woo-woo apparatus once scared the delicate Princess and the Pea pants off me, I admit; but now we are well acquainted and are certain to be BFFL. I mean, when you can conjure instant relief without expensive (and apparently short term memory killing) antihistamines, you gotta give it a go, right?].

So here's what I have been living on- in between setting up a studio and getting up close and personal with my new pal, Neti. A simple homemade turkey soup that is chock full of garlic and cozy, soothing vegetables to ease the transition from winter into spring. May it bring you some relief if  and when your own local deciduous fellows get a wee bit rambunctious with their annual pollen fest.

Easy turkey soup is a bowl of comfort food
A bowl of comforting turkey soup. Gluten-free.

Easy Turkey Soup Recipe for the Crock Pot

What makes this soup super easy? I used a fresh turkey breast from Whole Foods Market. I added a few chopped vegetables, some garlic, sea salt and herbs and topped it off with fresh cold water. Boom. Dinner is done. Relief is on the way. And, your kitchen will smell divine.


1 1/2 lb. fresh turkey breast, skin on
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
Half a red onion, finely dived
2 ribs of celery, trimmed and chopped
4 large carrots, sliced (I plan on one carrot per person)
Half a medium-large winter squash, peeled and cubed (butternut, banana, etc)
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Italian style herbs, to taste (basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Fresh cold water, as needed
Fresh chopped parsley, for serving


Turn the slow cooker on High.

Rinse the turkey breast in cold water and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with chopped garlic, onion, celery, carrots, squash. Season the goodies with sea salt, pepper and Italian herbs. Add the vinegar. Pour fresh cold water over the turkey and veggies until submerged.

Cover and cook on high until the turkey falls apart using a fork. This could be anywhere from 4 to 5 hours, depending upon the size of your Crock Pot and the size of your turkey breast. 

Remove the piece of skin and discard. Pull apart the the cooked turkey into pieces, using two forks or a big spoon. 

Stir and taste test. Does it need a pinch of sugar to offset the saltiness? How about a little more vinegar to brighten the flavor? Tweak the broth gently with small amounts of sweet, sour and salty until the balance is the way you like it.

If you like your turkey soup spicy, add some hot red pepper flakes!

Serve with a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley.

Serves four.

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More soothing (or spicy!) turkey soup recipes from food bloggers:

Mom's Turkey Soup from Simply Recipes
Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime at Kalyn's Kitchen
Crock Pot Turkey Wild Rice Soup from a Year of Slowcooking
Cookin' Canuck's Smoky Turkey Chili with Chipotle


Amy Green said...

I have been using my netti pot on a regular basis, too. I stopped getting sinus infections once I started a regular practice, especially during allergy season.

My CrockPot has been under utilized lately...last week I made some veggie stock and the week before a huge batch of Chicken Posole. I should have it out more often to save time. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Kalyn said...

Even when you are sick, your creativity astounds me. What a beautiful recipe and the photos are just stunning too. Keep slurping the soup and getting well, and I'm sending healing thoughts.

Cookin' Canuck said...

I hope that Neti comes through for you and that the pollen takes pity on you. What a nourishing soup this is - perfect for cold winter nights and allergy-ridden days.

Tanya said...

I am reading this with a hot lavender rice bag around my neck & cotton puffs peeking out of both ears since my throat & ears have been aching for nearly a week now, for me it's not allergies but a cold. This will be tomorrow night meal- thank you for the inspiration (and I hope you feel better very soon).

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

The soup looks glorious and makes me (almost) wish I were feeling under the weather, just to have an excuse to make it. I hope it restores you to full health quickly, as we're all anxious to get you working in the new studio space!

Iris said...

I love this photo! I find it so hard to take appealing photos of my soups. No matter how delicious they are, they never look quite as good in my photos. But this is just gorgeous!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This does sound like a nice and cozy soup! I hope you're over this allergy stuff soon! Yuck!

City Girl said...

I too am well acquainted with the neti pot. Feel better and thank you for sharing this lovely soup with us :)

I Am Gluten Free said...

The neti pot has been a constant companion for me - as a professional singer, I couldn't live without it! And hot brothy deliciousness soup - that's a must have when you're sick - comfort food at its' best. Looks fabulous - and how much easier could it be to throw those ingredients into a crockpot. Thanks for reminding me to think simple!

Kristen said...

This looks great! And I am always looking for a healthy crockpot recipe. :)

Paz said...

your turkey soup looks like it will cure ALL problems. ;-)


dreaminitvegan said...

Neti pots are the best! How lovely your soup looks, so easy to make vegan too.

Emily said...

I would like Amy Green's chicken posole recipe. Amy if you are reading, please post it.

aset13 said...

This is an awesome recipe and helps me to teach my family that winter squash can be used in a recipe that is delicious plus allows them to see that we can use turkey instead of chicken. My throat swells closed when I eat or drink anything with chicken (or chicken broth or by-products) in it. I don't have to know it's in there, as my tongue & lips swell, I break out in hives, and can't swallow or breath. Turkey doesn't affect me the same way but I limit it just in case I ever react the same way after years of increasing problems with chicken. It all came to a head after an MMR immunization required by my work since I'd never had the Mumps and being exposed to it twice in a matter of a couple of weeks. Thankfully I was still at the Dr's office when the reaction happened the first time and near the office when I ate the Buffalo wings. :)

Again, thank you for the awesome recipe!

Diane-The WHOLE Gang said...

I thought you couldn't string two sentences together? I doubt there is anything that could stop your creativity, especially in CA. Love the soup and crockpot. Cooking without standing. The pollen monster has me too. I thought if you lived in CA it wouldn't be the same with things in bloom all year round. Silly me.

I've decided to spend a month in CA. Can you suggest good ways to find a furnished apartment?

Edie Spencer said...

This is perfect for late Spring chills and aches. I think I will add some delicate turnips- just tiny sweet baby ones- to this as well, at the last moments of cooking!

j.cro said...

I love my Neti Pot. It's one of the greatest inventions ever made.

Also - I'm not sure if you're able to take it but I highly recommend BioAllers Tree Pollen formula. It's a liquid tincture - it is made with alcohol that you may not be able to digest. Please do check it out though - it's a life saver that doesn't force you to walk around in the fog of antihistamines.

Feel better!

Mamma Sarah said...

Mmmmm! This sounds oh so good and may just have to make this for Sunday supper!

Sarah said...

I've recently started using a Neti Pot after stopping antihistamines--haven't had time to notice much yet except that my sinuses have been REALLY clogged. Hope constant use will result in good effects like all of you are talking of!

Shuku said...

I -just- churned up a batch of crock pot beef roast (heavily tweaked from your pork roast recipe, since I didn't have half the ingredients on hand, especially pork) and it turned out delicious. Of course, choosing a much -better- cut of beef next time would help but even so, it was still wonderful. I may just be doing soup next, thanks to that lovely photograph and the memories of your chicken soup that I tried a few months ago! Thank you! And hopefully you feel much better soon.

Anonymous said...

Could you tell my what crock-pop/slow cooker you use? I am looking for one and I can't decide. I notice you have links to several options, which do you use?


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