Chef Kristine’s Cookbook

Smoked turkey, white bean, & tomato soup

Enjoy with SCHUG Pinot Noir
Course Soup
Cuisine Californian
Keyword Tomato, Turkey, White Bean


  • 2 large turkey legs or thighs, smoked
  • 1 lb. navy beans or other small white beans, dried, soaked overnight
  • 4 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cans tomatoes diced, (16 oz. each)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 tbsp. each thyme rosemary, sage, fresh, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper freshly ground, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese freshly grated, for garnish
  • olive oil extra virgin, for garnish
  • chives chopped, fresh, for garnish


  • Early in day of serving or one day ahead:
  • Place the turkey legs into a large stockpot (3 to 5 gallons). Add water to the stockpot until the turkey legs are covered with an inch or so of water. Place stockpot over high heat and bring to a boil. When a boil is reached, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer the turkey legs gently 3 to 4 hours. Remove turkey legs to a serving plate and allow to cool until they can be handled. Continue simmering broth until it reduces down to about one gallon. Strain broth and add the beans and about 2 teaspoons salt. Simmer the beans gently until they are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove all turkey meat from the bones while beans are cooking. Discard turkey skin, bone slivers, etc. Break the turkey meat into bite sized chunks and set aside or refrigerate until just before serving. When beans are tender, remove them from the broth and set beans and broth aside or refrigerate until just before serving.
  • About 2 hours before serving:
  • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the onion and the celery and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are translucent. Add the garlic, cook one minute longer, and then add the tomatoes and the tomato paste. Stir until blended, and then add the reserved turkey broth. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes, and then add the cooked beans and the turkey meat. Correct for salt and pepper and simmer another 20 minutes or so. This is a hearty soup; the beans may begin to fall apart lending a lovely thickness to the soup. Add the chopped herbs to the soup just before serving and offer grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil and/or chopped chives as a garnish. Serve hot. This soup also makes a great main course for a light meal when served with a salad and good crusty bread!
  • Makes 8 to 10 servings; extras freeze beautifully.