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  1. Watch how to make this slow cooker turkey soup
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A meal can be daunting when planning a party, especially one around the holidays. Often I overthink a menu and try to make it overly impressive and memorable. The more I entertain, I realize good food, no matter how complicated, is memorable. Guests will always remember a fun evening with good, homemade food.

To keep my stress level under control this season, I’m switching up my Christmas party and making a slow cooker soup! What could be easier than dumping the ingredients together, turning it on, and walking away? This turkey soup has festive smoky flavors, cozy sweet potatoes, and brights pops of kale!

Top down view of turkey soup sitting in slow cooker with kale and sweet potatoes and ladle resting against side all on white countertop surface
Close up top down view of turkey soup with kale and sweet potatoes and topped with a red cranberry sauce all in white bowl
Close up view of red cranberry sauce with cinnamon stick all in white bowl sitting on off-white pot holder on white countertop

Watch how to make this slow cooker turkey soup

White bowl filled with turkey and kale soup with spoon sitting in broth all on wood surface with extra bowl of soup to the side

Slow Cooker Turkey, Sweet Potato & Kale Soup

4.43 from 21 votes
What could be better than making an entire soup right in the slow cooker? This slow cooker turkey, sweet potato, and kale soup is pretty much a set it and forget it kind of soup, complete with a cranberry sauce to wake it all up! Perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


For the soup

  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 jalapeños diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ – 2 lb boneless turkey breast
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 cups turkey/chicken/vegetable stock
  • 4 cups chopped lacinato kale

For the cranberry sauce

  • 8 oz fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • cup honey
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick


For the soup

  • In a 7-quart slow cooker, layer the onion, celery, carrots, jalapeños, and garlic.
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Scrub and dry the sweet potatoes. Chop into ½-inch to 1-inch sized pieces and add to the cooker.
  • Place the turkey breast and ham hock on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Using kitchen twine, bundle the sage, rosemary, and thyme. Nestle into the cooker.
  • Pour in the stock. If it does not come up to the meat, add water as needed.
  • Cook on high 4-6 hours. If cooking longer, make sure to add the sweet potatoes midway through cooking to retain texture.
  • While the soup is cooking, prepare the cranberry sauce (see instructions below).
  • Once cooked, remove the meat (including the ham hock) from the cooker and set aside.
  • Remove stems from kale and roughly chop. Add to the soup and stir, allowing the kale to wilt slightly. Shred or cube the turkey. Add the prepared meat back to the soup and let everything warm through.

For the cranberry sauce

  • Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Turn down to a simmer and continue to stir, ensuring the sauce isn't sticking. Simmer until thickened and the cranberries have begun to burst, 15-20 minutes.
  • Keep warm until serving.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 461kcal
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Slow Cooker

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  1. Can’t wait to try this! I’ll be veganizing it by using vegetable broth, a can of white beans in place of the turkey and a little bit of liquid smoke in place of the ham hock. Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. 5 stars
    thanks for the recipe – it was spectacular with some of the turkey stock leftover from Thanksgiving. It’s going into the permanent rotation. I’m going to have to double the five stars for the mystical 10 Star rating!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a delicious, hearty and healthy soup! I definitely will make this one again especially after a holiday with turkey and ham bone leftovers.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutley delicious soup. I wouldn’t have thought of these combinations, but my family loved it. I added spinach instead of kale as we don’t care for kale. Everything was blended just perfectly in this recipe and shames my traditional chicken soup. This was excellent, especially adding the smoked ham hock for extra flavor. You’re an excellent cook Kaleb! Thank you for a new favorite soup recipe! Oh yeah, used chicken – which didn’t hurt the flavor at all. I doubled the recipe and will do this again and again.

  5. 5 stars
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  6. 5 stars
    Delicious combination of flavors! I added a giant bay leaf to my bouquet garni, and used an immersion blender on the veg before I added the kale and the meat back to the pot. SO GOOD!