Spaghetti & Mini Turkey Meatball Soup

I love this dish since it’s warm and hearty and you can cut the amount of noodles in it if you’re watching your carb intake. I’ve made this soup for years and chose to give you the turkey meatball recipe. Pin this or bookmark it for after the holidays when you’re trying to shed the holiday weight gain but still want to feel “full” without starving yourself. A bowl of this has veggies, lean protein, and some pasta to keep your stomach happy. This would also be a great meal choice anytime but weeknights are always a great time to serve this since it can be on the table in about 30 minutes with enough time to get out the door for holiday school concerts, basketball games, or to feed the crowd when no one is at the table at the same time. The leftovers heat up beautifully.

Healthier, comforting, warm, and a little bit fun! This take on classic spaghetti and meatballs is just as easy to prepare with no fuss. Taking the help from canned tomatoes made for a quick meal that can be on your table in no time. You can cook the meatballs right in the soup by boiling them in the stock/tomato mixture but I prefer to brown them a little bit in a pan or in the oven for a nice crust.

You’ll need:

Serves 4 + leftovers

Turkey mini meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/4 c. onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp./clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 c. italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 TBS. italian seasoning (may omit if ground turkey is ‘italian style’ or reduce for personal taste)
  1. Mix all ingredients together and form small meatballs.
  2. Brown in a saute pan for approximately 8 minutes while shaking/turning for even browning.
  3. Meatballs will finish cooking in soup
  4. If you bake them, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes.

For the soup

  • 1/4 c. onion finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans italian diced tomatoes (standard can)
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 oz. dry spaghetti (I use thin spaghetti–this is a small handful of dry pasta)
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • Mini turkey meatballs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Sweat the pepper and onion in a large sauce pan or small stock pot.
  2. Add tomatoes and chicken stock. ]
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Break the spaghetti into small pieces and add to the boiling pot.
  5. Cook for 6 of the 8 minutes.
  6. Add the mini turkey meatballs to finish cooking the last few minutes. Turn heat down to simmer .
  7. Taste to add any remaining italian seasoning, salt, or pepper.
  8. Serve hot with parmesan cheese.
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