Spinach and Mushroom Soup with Smoked Turkey

Baa Wonu

Preparation info

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Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

This soup traditionally uses young cocoyam (kontomire) leaves, but spinach makes an acceptable alternative. Smoked turkey substitutes for traditional smoked game. However, in parts of the United States, smoked turkey is difficult to locate except around the Thanksgiving to New Year holidays, which might make this a good holiday meal choice.


  • 2 pounds smoked turkey with bones (or 1 pound boneless)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 4 scallions
  • 8 ounces fresh young spinach leaves
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt or seasoned salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground red pepper or to taste; or for the adventurous, add 1 fresh seeded jalapeno (mild), or 1 sliced seeded cayenne pepper (hotter), or 1 or 2 whole unseeded habaneros with the tops sliced off (hottest)



  1. Remove the skin from the smoked turkey, if desired. Cut the smoked turkey into pieces, and put in a pot, along with 8 cups of water. (If using turkey legs or wings, leave uncut and remove from the soup later to cut.)
  2. Wash and trim the ends of the tomatoes, scallions, and spinach and puree them in a blender and add to the pot.
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and salt (remembering that the smoked turkey also has salt). Add a pinch of dried ground red pepper (more can be added later) or the chili pepper, if using.
  4. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Taste soup while it is cooking and remove the chili pepper(s) when the desired spiciness is obtained. Adjust seasonings, and add another cup water, if desired. Remove bones before serving.

To serve

This goes especially well with Ghana-style Dumplings (Fufu).


  • Use any smoked meat (e.g., ham or ham hocks, game) in place of the turkey, adjusting cooking time as necessary.
  • Add a little tomato paste, shallots or onions, etc. in addition to, or in place of, the tomatoes and scallions.
  • Chop the scallions and spinach rather than pureeing them.