Monday, January 4, 2016

Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup

Happy New Year! I hope you all had lots of fun ringing in 2016. Now that January has arrived, it's officially soup weather! While I'm usually quite happy to leave the bulk of the cooking to T, I do like to spend a Sunday afternoon simmering a big pot of soup on the stove that will leave me with plenty of leftovers for lunches throughout the week. This turkey meatball spinach tortellini soup has all of the traditional Italian flavors that I crave, but I love that the turkey and all of the veggies make it a (slightly) healthier choice. Plus, the hearty turkey meatballs keep me full and happy during the afternoons so that I don't ruin my dinner by snacking on handfuls of pretzels right before I leave the office!

Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup
(adapted from SkinnyTaste)

For the meatballs:
* 10 oz. ground turkey
* 2 tbsp. seasoned breadcrumbs
* 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
* 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
* 1 large egg
* 1 clove minced garlic
* 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
* 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

For the soup:
* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* 2 stalks chopped celery
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 large carrot, chopped
* 2 cloves minced garlic
* 48 oz. reduced sodium chicken broth
* 9 oz. spinach cheese tortellini
* 3 cups baby spinach
* 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
* Black pepper, to taste

* Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic, nutmeg, salt, and parmesan cheese. Gently combine all of the ingredients with your hands until everything is combined. Form small meatballs (about 1 tbsp. each) - this will yield about 18-20 meatballs.

* In a Dutch oven or large nonstick pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, onion, carrot, and garlic, then cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 8-10 minutes (until vegetables begin to soften).

* Add the chicken broth and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; add black pepper as broth is boiling. Reduce heat to medium and gently drop in the meatballs; cook for 4 minutes.

* Add the tortellini and simmer until cooked (approximately 7 minutes).

* Once the tortellini is cooked, stir in the baby spinach. 

* Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

I'm always looking for more soups to add to my recipe book, so which one is your favorite?

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  1. Wow that look so good! Perfect since it's finally cold here!! Have a great week :)
    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. Yes!! Perfect soup and I need it. Definitely back to healthier eating and this is a great new recipe! New year, new week, Happy Monday gorgeous!!

  3. Yum! Sounds like the perfect winter soup. Adding this to my list.

  4. This sounds SO amazing! It's actually cold out here today so I really want to run to the grocery store and make this for dinner! YUM! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. This sounds absolutely amazing! I love Skinnytaste so much, but I've never tried this one! I think that I definitely need to give you taste a try!

  6. My husband just asked me yesterday to make a giant pot of soup, so thanks for sharing this!! Haha. Looks delicious. I hope that you ladies had a fun NYE weekend too!! :-)

  7. It's definitely soup weather! This looks so yummy!

  8. Oh yum, this looks like such a delicious and fun take on Italian wedding soup!! I looove the idea of tortellini in any form, so now I definitely want to try it in some soup :)

  9. that looks so yum! what a great rainy day soup too which was what i was craving yesterday!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  10. this looks so good! you're right, it sounds perfect for lunch to keep me full until dinner... because my office has free pretzels and they are so hard to resist!

  11. This sounds so good right now!! I just love tortellini!

  12. Yum!! Tis' the season for soup nights - we are so ready to enjoy some nice homemade soups around here and I've never seen this one - looks fabulous!

  13. I love homemade soup, especially when it is really cold!! Thanks for sharing this!!


  14. This sounds delicious! And it would definitely be husband approved! xo, Champagne&Suburbs


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