Crockpot Smoked Turkey Lentil Soup

I know that it is spring and people are not likely interested in soup. But, here in Toronto, it has still been so chilly. We have had snow a number of days this past week alone. It feels like ‘the winter that will never end!’ I am awaiting the warm weather so that I can start cooking on the deck. My smoker and grill are set to go and I already have a number of recipes written down, ready to try. Since it has been cold, I was in the mood for a nice warm bowl of soup. The Crockpot is an excellent way to prepare soup as you can just throw all the ingredients in, walk away and let it do all the work for you!

Lentil soup is one of those soups that I forget how much I like. It is so hearty and full of flavor. For anyone who says that soup is not a meal, have them try a bowl of lentil soup. It is no consomme!!  To make this soup I used a smoked turkey thigh. These and smoked turkey drumsticks are available at most grocery stores. If you have never bought them, I encourage you to give them a try. They are a great alternative to ham and can be substituted in pretty much any recipe that calls for ham. The smoked turkey thigh creates a wonderfully rich and smokey soup broth and there is a LOT of meat for those who like a meaty soup.

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Crockpot Smoked Turkey Lentil Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 1 smoked turkey thigh
  • 8 cups water or chicken broth
  • 3 cups dry lentils
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 3 plum tomatoes , diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • grated pecorino romano
  • fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients (except grated pecorino romano and fresh parsley) into a crockpot. Set to high and cook for 6 hours.
  • With one hour left in the cooking time, remove the turkey thigh. Let it cool slightly, so it is not too hot to handle. Remove the skin and cut up the meat into small cubes. Stir the meat back into the soup and cook for the remaining time.
  • Ladle the soup into a bowl and garnish with grated pecorino romano and fresh parsley.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

6 comments

  1. I could not agree with you more Steve.. when will spring finally arrive? We are also experiencing cold temperatures here and it’s really sad since I was so looking forward to the first day of spring. We are expecting snow on Monday.. yish! This soup looks more than inviting. Love the lentils. 🙂

  2. I have been cooking lentil and navy bean soup for a long time now. I used to use smoked ham hocks but after finding out my daughter is sensitive to pork I switched to smocked turkey. Looking at your recipe I use the same ingredients except I use white pepper and I add yellow flesh potatoes and sweet potatoes (cut in small bite size pieces) after cooking them separate also one table spoon white vinegar after cooking to blend the spices.

  3. This sounds fabulous, Steve! We are getting a nice spring snow today so I would love a big crock pot full of soup!

  4. This is a favourite at our house!

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