Pamela's Gluten Free Recipes

Daily forays into the kitchen for 1 celiac, 1 vegetarian, and 2 carnivores

White Bean and Smoked Turkey Kale Soup

Gluten Free, Meats, Soup

Bean Smoked Turkey Kale Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lb bag of white beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 3-4 springs of fresh thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 smoked turkey legs, or a ham hock
  • 2 cups finely chopped baby kale
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and onion, cook 3-5 mins or until translucent but not browned. Add the garlic cook another minute.
  • Add to slow cooker along with the beans, water, tomato, thyme, bay leaves and turkey.
  • Set to high and cook 4-6 hrs, depending on your machine, mine cooked the soup in 4 hrs.
  • When beans are soft and turkey falling off the bone.
  • Remove turkey from pot, scoop out about 1 big cup of soup mixture, blend, mash or puree and return to pot, stir to incorporate.
  • Discard skin and bones from turkey legs, chop meat into bite size pieces and add back to pot.
  • Stir in the chopped kale and taste to see if it needs any salt and pepper.
  • Serve in warmed bowls.

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