Grandma Gladys’s Zucchini Soup


  • 10 ounces ground turkey
  • 3 turkey Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 6 zucchini, cut into cubes
  • 4 (10.75 ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


Cook and stir ground turkey, sausage, bell pepper, onion, and celery in a large pot over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Stir tomatoes, zucchini, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, sea salt, tarragon, garlic powder, and black pepper into turkey mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until flavors combine, about 1 hour. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.