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Ground Turkey Stew

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Olena Osipov
5 from 13 votes

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Ground Turkey Stew

I kept this ground turkey stew simple – ground turkey, cannellini beans, kale, Kalamata olives and fresh herbs. The flavours are much of a Mediterranean origin here. Sweet pieces of turkey meat, soft white beans, chewy kale, tangy Kalamata olives in a savoury tomato broth – this ground turkey vegetables stew came out delicious! And the older it is, the better it gets. Just like wine.

Stew is a healthy and quick stovetop meal that keeps well refrigerated for days. Try my slow cooker pumpkin stew with chicken and quinoa stew with beef. Enjoy, and have you tried my ground turkey quinoa casserole yet?

Ground Turkey Stew served in a white bowl

Ground Turkey Stew

Ground Turkey Stew

Ground Turkey Stew Recipe is quick, easy and healthy vegetable stew with beans and olives. GREAT reviews!
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Soup and Stew
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 54 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lb ground turkey extra lean
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • 14 oz can cannellini beans drained & rinsed
  • 2 tsp oregano thyme or Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 lemon juice of
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives pitted and sliced in halves
  • 4 cups kale coarsely chopped & packed
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped


  • Preheat dutch oven or large heavy bottom pot on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion and garlic, saute for 5 minutes or until translucent, stirring occasionally. Add turkey and cook for 12-13 minutes, breaking into pieces and stirring every few minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, water, beans, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves, then stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice, olives and kale, then stir, cover and let stand a few minutes or until kale is wilted. Add basil and parsley, stir again and it's best to let the flavours "marry" each other for 10 minutes or so. Discard the bay leaves and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.


      Serving: 1.33cups | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5074IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg
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      1. 5 stars
        I happened to have all ingredients including fresh parsley, kale and basil on hand for this except for the kalamata olives. It was so delicious and full of flavor! My husband loved this as well. Thanks for this simple, wonderful recipe!

      2. 5 stars
        Delish! I wanted to increase my veggies intake so I added diced red and orange bell peppers. I substituted northern beans for the cannellini beans based on what I had on hand. To boost the nutritional content I substituted the water for chicken bone broth. I didn’t have fresh basil and parsley so I used dried. I also added a hearty pinch of dried red chili flakes for some heat. I eliminated the olives since I’m watching calories and don’t have them in the house right now. It was fabulous! Sending the leftovers in my hubby’s lunch tomorrow. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe.

      3. Hello! I don’t have kale at the moment. However, I have lots of broccoli. Can I substitute the broccoli for the kale?

        1. Hi Chava. Unfortunately, kale and broccoli are not interchangeable in this recipe. Spinach will work instead of kale as you can also just add it in at the end.
          I haven’t tested this recipe with broccoli, but it will need more cook time than kale.

      4. 5 stars
        Delicious! Simple, real food–it’s what I love the most. Thank you! (I added some zucchini that was about to go bad right at the end–wasting food is my pet peeve. ) My family devoured it. Then I read you blog and realized that we are sisters at heart. Every single thing you said (especially about so called “family friendly” foods) are things I am constantly trying to instill in my kids and encourage in my friends. Thank you for sharing your recipes and ideas, Olena!

        1. We do sound similar! I hate food waste so much! Glad you are enjoying my recipes and thanks for tAking the time to share your feedback. I appreciate it so much!

      5. this recipe looks delish, and I’ll be making it this evening. Only issue I have is that it’s advertised as a “freezer friendly” meal, yet under the recipe it says “do not freeze”. I’ll be freezing it anyway, but is there a reason for this? Thanks!

      6. 5 stars
        This was delicious! Even my 10-year old went back for seconds. The only thing I did differently was to use veggie broth instead of water – absolutely delicious. Thank you!

      7. 5 stars
        Great recipe. I added sheep’s milk feta on top before serving and my 8 year old asked for seconds..then thirds. Can’t top that review. Will be adding this to my rotation.

      8. Is the nutritional info for each serving or the total meal? Also, I served this dish tonight with a side of quinoa and it was delish!!!!!!!

      9. 5 stars
        Made this the other day and it tastes great! But my husband and I are leaving for the weekend so I wanted to freeze the leftovers so it wouldn’t spoil. I noticed you said ‘do not freeze’ and was wondering why not?

        1. I’m not a fan of defrosted stew texture, especially with kale. It just doesn’t freeze as nice as casseroles because of the liquid. But you could, I mean it’s not the end of the world. I’m just trying to avoid complaints from readers LOL. Glad you liked it!

            1. Perfect! My husband would love it defrosted too. It’s just tiny little bit different texture for me.:) Enjoy!:)

      10. We just found out my husband is allergic to tomatos. Any ideas on what to use instead of can of diced tomatos?

        1. Yes. Replace it with a slurry – 1 cup chicken stock whisked with 4 tbsp whole wheat flour or 2 tbsp cornstarch. The stew will have more of a savoury chicken sauce which is wonderful.

      11. 5 stars
        Oh man that is so delicious! I made it tonight for dinner tomorrow and had a bite to taste it…and wow!!! I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean flavor and this is just awesome. Thanks for all the great recipes and your blog, I’m really enjoying the whole shebang!

        1. LOL, Danielle. You made me laugh with your shebang. You mean my clean eating is a shebang?! Lol. Looks like you cook in batches and in advance like me. Glad you liked it!!! Thank you!

        1. Haha, sometimes simple is easy and yet not so obvious. We tend to overcomplicate things in life, don’t we?!:) Thank you, Denise!

      12. This looks amazing! I love one pot meals like this that I can continue heating up for several meals. This is going on the meal plan this week.

        1. I love Mediterranean anything although I’m still due to visit that part of the world.:) And yes, I think I’m gonna finish the Insanity although might be insane by the end of it.

      13. 5 stars
        Love it. You could probably substitute chicken drumsticks need be, just cook it a bit longer.

        LOL. In Italy they also smoke like chimneys. I remember seeing a field trip at the zoo in Rome, all kids walking in pairs, and two teachers leading at the front – smoking. I was so shocked, but my husband just said “don’t worry, they’re just training future smokers”. haha

        1. Heck, yes. Even chicken thighs would work.

          True. I forgot how much people smoke in Europe! Here it’s even weird to see someone smoking on a patio at a restaurant. Eating and inhaling smoke?! No thank you! I haven’t done that for years. Although I remember back in Ukraine, as a teenager, me and GFs used to go for coffee and a cigarette. So European. Lol

      14. I’m going to give this a try with chickpeas! Looks so good. I love all of those flavours and I really enjoy dishes that can be substituted with whatever you love. Stews always seem to get better with age! I always enjoy them the next day even more. And one of my girl friends does the public relations for Insanity! I’ve tried the workouts and they’re pretty “insane,” I must say!

        1. Chickpeas or even soft tofu (add at the end) are great meat replacements for this recipe. I love dishes like these too! Leftovers and taste better with age dishes are time savers! Insanity … I have no words how insane the workouts are because they are so long. Funny but even with those kind of workouts eating clean is everything.

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