Zucchini Tomato Turkey Soup

Serving size: 1 ½ cups


1 Pam Olive Oil spray
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
2 cups red bell pepper, diced (about one large pepper)
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
¼ cup tomato paste
5 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
2 pounds zucchini cut into bite-sized pieces
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 quarts good quality, low sodium vegetable broth
A few Parmesan cheese rinds (optional but recommended)
2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

In a large soup pot or large Dutch oven, add Pam spray and heat over medium high heat. Once hot, add turkey meat. Break up meat while it cooks.
Once the meat has cooked through, add onion, celery, carrots and bell pepper and sauté for four minutes.
Move the vegetables to the sides and lower heat to medium. Add garlic, pepper flakes and tomato paste to center and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, zucchini, pepper, broth and Parmesan rinds along with fresh basil and fresh oregano and stir to combine.
Bring to a medium simmer and cook just long enough until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Remove from heat and remove and discard the Parmesan rinds.