Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Basil Meatballs

Italian Wedding soup has been my husbands favorite for years! Recently, I decided to switch it up by using Turkey to make the meatballs and *WOW* total game changer! This soup is on a steady repeat in our home! 

I always try to sneak in extra veggies for more fibre and nutrients any time I can, so I added Kale and a more generous helping of fresh spinach and basil to this recipe.  If you have kids or picky eaters in your household, hiding vegetables in soup is a great trick I’ve been utilizing for years! Ha, Ha. 

 


Here’s What you Need:

For Meat Balls:

  • 1 package ground Turkey or turkey sausage (375g package)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Fresh basil, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, pressed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (approx 1tsp each)

For Soup:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium white onion, minced
  • 3-4 medium Carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Sprig Rosemary
  • 1 cup small pasta ( Acini de Pepe or Orzo!)
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup kale, chopped

Method:

  1.  Combine all meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Once thoroughly combined, form mixture into small meat balls (size of a toonie)
  3. Add 1 Tbsp Olive Oil to a medium saucepan, over medium heat.
  4. Once oil is heated, add in meat balls (approx 10 at a time)
  5. Sauté meatballs until golden, then remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Next, In a large stock pot, over medium heat, 1 Tbsp Olive oil, onions, garlic, carrots and sauté until onions are translucent. 
  7. Add in meatballs and White wine and let soak into meat/ vegetables for a few minutes
  8. Reduce heat to low, add in chicken stock, Rosemary, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Let simmer 20 mins (or longer if you want! The flavours improve with more time!)
  10. 5 minute prior to serving, add in your pasta.
  11. Once pasta is al dente spoon into bowls and top with generous amount of Kale + Spinach.
  12. Garnish with basil + Parmesan cheese
  13. Enjoy!

 

 

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