Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey & Lentil Soup Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey & Lentil Soup

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/Geary House

There’s no better way to warm up during the dark and cold days of Canadian winters than with this hearty soup chock full of smoked turkey and good-for-you lentils.

  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 5 hours & 30 minutes



In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, thyme, bay leaves, salt and peppercorns; cook until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in lentils; cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth and 4 cups water; bring to boil.

Place turkey in slow cooker; pour lentil mixture over top. Cover and cook until turkey and lentils are tender, about 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

Transfer turkey to large bowl; let cool slightly. Discard skin, bones and fat. Using 2 forks, shred turkey into bite-size pieces; stir into soup. Stir spinach into soup just before serving.

Makes 12 servings

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 828 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 21 g
  • Calories 244
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 646 mg
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 24 g


  • Iron 26
  • Folate 74
  • Calcium 7
  • Vitamin A 57
  • Vitamin C 28
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Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey & Lentil Soup