Sunday, January 15, 2012

Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs

 Brrr, it's really cold out there. For now. The way the weather has been here it could be in the 50's again next week. Or not. Either way this soup will make you happy! Great flavor, it's a nice dump soup, just dump whatever you want in there. I wanted to add a little whole wheat pasta shapes, but I forgot. Go figure, I finally made a recipe just like it was written, pretty much. If you can't find escarole, use kale or spinach. Add pasta, barley, beans, whatever you like. To me it's that kind of soup. Hearty and filling.





Light Italian Wedding Soup  
with Turkey Meatballs
Source: Martha Stewart, Everyday Food January 2012
adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook

1 pound ground turkey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
32 ounces reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
1 large head escarole, or 2 small , cored, trimmed, and coarsely chopped (you can use kale or spinach, if you can't find escarole)

*Optional -- you can add small pasta, like tubetti, ditalini, shells, whatever you like. Don't overcook the pasta.

In a bowl, combine turkey, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, about a teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, more or less. Using about a tablespoon for each, roll mixture into small meatballs.

In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add broth and tomatoes (with juice); bring to a simmer. Add meatballs; cook, without stirring, until meatballs float to surface, about 10 minutes. Skim foam. Add as much escarole or kale to pot as will fit.

Continue to simmer, gradually adding remaining escarole. Cook until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes more or less. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve soup sprinkled with more Parmesan.


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43 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous, Carol! Yum! Hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  2. Hi Carol, looks like another yummy receipe. The turkey meatballs even look good. Thanks for sharing the receipe.

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  3. I make this soup but I don't put the tomatoes in! I MUST TRY it this way. Looks really good!

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  4. Italian wedding soup is one of my favorite soups. Yours looks really good.

    Always,
    Velva

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  5. I think Italian wedding soup is underrated. Your version looks so warming and filling.

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  6. This looks delicious. I love wedding soup and I never make it. Perfect for a Sunday supper!!

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  7. It looks great! Gotta chuckle, one of the things I'm working on this year is following recipes instead of doing what I always do:@)

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    1. LOL, Lynn, even when I follow it, I usually forget something!

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  8. It's a perfect time of year for soup recipes, isn't it? I just posted a soup recipe on my blog too. We have to stay warm somehow!

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    1. I saw it, Beth, it looks fantastic!

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  9. Thanks for all the nice comments!

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  10. I love Italian Wedding Soup...and this lighter version sounds fantastic. Wish I had a bowlful right now...

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  11. Sounds good and a healthy version, too! Enjoy your week, my friend! ♥

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  12. Very cold here and the soup looks and sounds tasty. Have a great week:)

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  13. I would like to try this with the tomatoes, haven't done that before. It looks so good and perfect for a cold day!

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  14. Carol, you don't have to twist my arm! This looks and sounds wonderful, and I have been making wedding soup for years! This is going on the menu this week.

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  15. It sounds delicious and it looks beautiful! Perfect for these bitter cold winter days.

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  16. That looks great! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Markus

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  17. What a great looking soup - especially since our temperatures are cooling off. Soup is a perfect meal.

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  18. If you make the meatballs out of beef and pork and season them with nutmeg, you have Dutch tomato soup with meatballs!

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  19. I wish I had some of that right now as I listen to the wind howl outside my window.

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  20. This soup looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my blog hop for a chance to win a Quaker prize package: http://bit.ly/AeIHc6

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  21. Yum, I've always wanted to make this ~ now I can! I'm thinking of cooking the meatballs separately and adding them in. Would that affect the overall flavor?

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    1. I assume cooking the meatballs in the pot adds flavor, but I would still try it your way, and do the meatballs separately. I'd even use frozen meatballs or pan-fried.

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  22. Really must try this, Carol. I watched Ina Garten make this a while back..this version is much lighter and looks fabulous!

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  23. Thanks for all the nice comments!

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  24. That looks delicious. I love soup

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  25. What a great post; this is a recipe I have been wanting to try for a long time; now I am inspired.
    Rita

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  26. It was really cold here a day ago but we were in the low 40s today! Back into the deep freeze for the new few days again.

    This looks like a delicious soup and I love how it has been 'lightened'. I think some pasta would taste great in it too. Saving a copy!

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  27. The soup looks fantastic. I love Italian wedding soup. I am going to try it with escarole next time instead of the spinach I usually use. Also the turkey meatballs makes it much more diet friendly.

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  28. Carol, the soup looks like just the thing for this winter night! I can practically smell it.

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  29. Dump soup--ha! Oh, those are the best soups. :) This looks like a perfect lunch soup, the kind that keeps you full and satisfied until dinner!

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  30. I love this soup...and it is a great idea to use turkey...absolutely perfect for the cold weather.
    Have a great week ahead Carol :-)

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  31. Your soup looks delicious! I love Italian wedding soup, but have never made it! I'll have to give your version a try, especially with the turkey meatballs! Your version looks like a good stick to your ribs type meal! Yum!

    Mary

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  32. mmmmmmmm...That combination screams comfort food and I am glad to see it's pretty healthy! Just needs a nice crusty hunk of bread next to it :)

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  33. It's snowing and cold this morning - this soup looks perfect for this kind of weather!

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  34. Looks like a good recipe. I shared it with my son who eats lots of ground turkey.

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  35. Yummy! Great soup for the cold winter nights!

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  36. umm I would love to have this soup this week it looks delish and so comforting

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  37. Wow, I can't wait to try this, I love this soup and I would love to try it with turkey meatballs!

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