Turkey meatball soup recipe that is a hearty and healthy meal! Protein-packed quinoa, beans & vegetables give more nutrients to your daily dishes.
Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food, and they are a big hit in our home. I typically simmer them in a huge pot of marinara sauce and make a traditional Italian meatball recipe. However, now that temperatures are starting to cool down, I thought I would incorporate them into a big bowl of soup!
I wanted to try something different and healthier. This lean turkey meatball soup packs tons of protein from the poultry, beans, and quinoa. I also use a fool-proof technique called a panade to make the meatballs extra tender and juicy.
A one pot meal that is delicious and good for you, yes please!
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Hey, it’s a yummy turkey meatball army waiting to jump into your belly! These cuties are made into smaller bites than I would usually form, about 1 tablespoon in size. The mixture consists of ground turkey, garlic, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and lemon zest.
The lemon zest gives a bright citrus taste that complements a lightened up soup. A panade made from panko breadcrumbs and milk is also added to ensure each meatball stays juicy and has a nice meaty texture.
The tender meatballs sit in a chicken broth with red kidney and cannellini beans along with aromatic herbs. Simmering these miniature meatballs in soup broth allows them to infuse the flavors of the liquid quickly and are easier to bite with each spoonful.
I like to make this recipe in my Le Creuset Cassadou pan. It can hold 3 and 3/4-quarts, so it’s large enough to saute, braise and make soups all in one beautiful pot. It is the perfect size to feed a crowd.
Each bowl of turkey meatball soup is packed with nutrients so that you can enjoy each spoonful without guilt. The quinoa gives an extra boost of protein, plus fiber from the beans, and iron from the spinach.
You can also use these turkey meatballs for other dishes like a traditional tomato sauce with pasta, or try in a spicy Asian sriracha sauce, or even in a tomato tortellini soup. The meatballs are versatile so you can switch any spices and flavoring ingredients you like to fit the dish.
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How do you achieve healthy yet tender turkey meatballs?
A tender meatball always needs a base of ground meat, breadcrumbs, and eggs. I found using a ratio of 1 pound of lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup panade mixture, and 1 large egg works well. I then add other ingredients like Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and seasonings to help flavor the meatballs.
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