Feb 18, 2014

Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup



This easy, kid-friendly soup is a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. One large bowl is under 300 calories and is very satisfying.

I love turkey meatballs in my soup. Spaghetti and meatball soup is a regular in my home because my kids love it! I also love making tortellini soup – Spinach Tortellini en Brodo is a winter favorite of mine. This recipe combines the best of both soups and my family loved it. I hope yours does too!



Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup
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Servings: 6 • Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 271 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 26 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 20 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 1064 mg • Cholesterol: 89 mg

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:

  • 10 oz 93% ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

For the soup:

  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans reduced sodium chicken broth (I used Swansons)
  • 1 small Parmigiano-Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz refrigerated spinach cheese tortellini (Buitoni)fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for topping

Directions:

Combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic, salt and parmesan cheese. Using your (clean) hands, gently mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Form small meatballs, about 1 tbsp each, you'll get about 20 to 22.

In a large nonstick pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot & garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth and parmesan rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, season with black pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium and gently drop in the meatballs. Cook about 4 minutes.

Add the tortellini and simmer until cooked according to package directions, about 7 minutes.

Once cooked, remove the rind, and add the baby spinach. Stir to combine and serve topped with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

73 comments :

  1. Gina, will this freeze very well?

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    1. I would freeze it without the tortellini, it would still freeze ok with but it may get a bit mushy.

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  2. Will the soup still taste the same if I use kale?

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    1. It would be fine, I would use baby kale

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  3. butting in...I would suggest freezing without the pasta and then add the pasta when you thaw.

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  4. You don't cook the meatballs first before adding to the soup? Sounds like a great, healthy recipe!

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    1. I don't, it cooks in the soup. But you can if you want, it will look prettier than mine.

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  5. It's 9 a.m. and these pictures have made me hungry! Can't wait to try.

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  6. That looks amazing! Your blog provides such wonderful and healthy inspiration for meals. Thanks for all of the amazing recipes!!!

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  7. I happen to have ground chicken on hand - any idea how it would taste with chicken meatballs in place of turkey meatballs?

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    1. Samantha, my family does not like turkey at all. I always use ground chicken. Just see what Gina says about the fat and point change. The Perdue ground chicken comes in a lower fat. Just really dry. I use the regular Perdue ground and have less meatballs. It has more fat. See what Gina says. Ground chicken is delicious. Good luck

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  8. how long will this keep in the fridge?

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  9. This looks wonderful! Meatballs in anything usually goes down a storm :D x

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  10. How would you do in crock pot??

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  11. This currently on the stove! Whole house smells amazing and this was super easy to make!

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  12. I made this tonight! My family loved it!! The only thing is I added red pepper flakes for a bost of flavor!! Two thumbs up!

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  13. This looks yummy!! I love soup in winter.

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  14. Adding this to the weekly menu plan.

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  15. I love your tortellini soup, looks very delicious!

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  16. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  17. I was looking for a turkey meatloaf recipe, and came to your blog to stumble on this recipe at the top - I'll take that as a good suggestion ... adding this soup to the menu for the week! Thanks!

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  18. Interesting, usually i'd cook meatballs separate. Haven't tried just cooking in the soup itself. Great tip.

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  19. Looks yummy and a snap to make. I love tortellini in my soup. When my kids were young I always kept a bag in the freezer. Thanks!

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  20. It sounded great until I saw the amount of sodium it contained. It is hard to stay within 2300 mg a day. :-(

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  21. Good point about the sodium. Why so high, when you used reduced sodium broth? And only 1/8 tsp added salt. I know the Parm is salty, but there's not much in there.

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  22. Fairly good recipe, except when a recipe called for open a package, can or jar and follow direction, I am turn off or away. Anytime a recipe calls for government approve toxin filled processed foods it toss it. Chef Robert.

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    1. Ummmm....it's simple....don't make it! Nobody is forcing you!

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    2. Unknown & Anonymous, your replies to the "Chef" made my day. So appropriate! After rolling around on the floor laughining, I had to look to see if my buns were still there.

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    3. Learn some grammar and punctuation while you're at it, Chef.

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  23. Do you really need to use 58 oz. of broth? Seems like an awful lot of liquid...

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    1. i actually had to add more liquid. 58 oz wasn't enough for all the meatballs and the pasta.

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  24. the sodium is that per serving or for the whole thing?

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    1. per serving, to cut back you can replace some of the broth with water.

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  25. This soup is delicious! I had to use swiss chard and it's wonderful! Thanks again Gina for your wonderful recipes.

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  26. Made this tonight for dinner!!! Very tasty:)

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  27. Made this tonight for dinner and it FREAKIN AWESOME!!! As are all your recipes! My hubby and I loved it!

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  28. This looks really tasty, definitely one to try out!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  29. Hi Gina,

    Could I use Ground Chicken Breasts instead? Also what would the points be?

    Thanks,
    MCF

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  30. Gina, made this tonight. This was so so good. My 5 year old loved it too. Thanks for sharing. It was a one pot wonder. Thanks

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  31. this was delicious and so easy to make! definitely will make again.

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  32. I was too lazy to make the meatballs so I used spicy Italian chicken sausage instead. The grocery store was out of spinach tortellini so I used porcini mushroom tortellini. Everything else stayed the same, except didn't have cheese rind. Really,really, nice soup. Loved it.

    I get most of my recipes from this site and love it. Have lost 30 pounds using WW online. Ended up being 6 WW points per serving. Yum!

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  33. Delicious. Followed the recipe as is.

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  34. I followed the recipie exactly and it was FABULOUS!!! My husband could not stop raving about it. It's definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Made this today and it was excellent. Only made 2 changes, one was that I added more garlic because I love it and also I used a baby kale, chard and spinach mix so there's a little bit of everything :) Thanks for the recipe, I give it 5 stars!!

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  36. This was very delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe :)

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  37. Just made this and LOVE it. Really yummy. I did add a large tbsp. of bottled pesto and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper. Will definitely make again and again.
    I'm a slow chopper, but from start to finish it took 45 mins. I also used whole wheat tortellini. I tell all my friends about your site, Gina. Thanks for all your hard work. When will your cookbook be available?

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  38. Has anyone done this in the crock pot? If so, how'd you do it?

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  39. I cannot find gluten free tortellini, any suggestions?

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  40. This soup is incredible. I made as directed with the exception of adding more veggies (doubled) and more broth because there wasn't nearly enough - I also used homemade parsley pesto instead of the fresh chopped parsley in the meatballs. I am such a fan of your recipes Gina! So easy and delicious :)

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  41. I just made this and I love it! I already had turkey meatballs in the freezer so I just used those. Next time I will try making my own.

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  42. I made this for dinner and it was amazing. I baked the meatballs first because I was paranoid they would fall apart in the pot. Also used organic noodles. The noodles soaked up most of the water so its not really a soup anymore but its still good!

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  43. I made this tonight and it was great! However, my only complaint was that the meatballs were a little mushy. I was expecting them to have a firmer texture. Any advice on how to get that? Baking separately and then adding perhaps? If so, how do you bake meatballs? I was a meatball making virgin before tonight!

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    1. Hi! Kind of late, but I had the same worry. Meatballs were about 1.5 in diameter (a little bigger than recipe asked for) and I baked for 15 min at 375...didn't do the whole four minutes boiling in the broth then - but it turned out great! I added red pepper flakes too for some spice for the boyfriend and he loved it :D

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  44. We just had this for dinner and we all loved it. We'll be making this again! Thank you!

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  45. Had this for dinner last night and it was fantastic! I did bake the meatballs at 375 for about 20 minutes before adding them to the soup and they were not mushy at all. Great recipe! Thanks!

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  46. Just made it. It turned out great. It didn't make as many meatballs as listed above, but boy were they good!

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  47. I made this delicious soup and ended up freezing some of it, tortellini and all...does beautifully after being in the freezer :)

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  48. Made this last night. It was absolutely delish and very easy! Thanks!

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  49. i like how you put pics of the cooking process on your site! Please continue doing that, it's kinda like a check point for us that aren't sure what we're doing :)

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  50. I love that you include the nutritional information. I did have a couple of questions. Do you know the saturated fat content per serving? And is 10 oz of Turkey correct or is it a typo, supposed to be 16 oz (1lb)? I only ask because I used 1 lb and I still got 20-24 meatballs. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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  51. I love your recipes but found this one tasteless..."sad face"

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  52. Made this last night and my family devoured it! Easy and delicious weeknight soup. I made a double batch of meatballs, reserving some to make the Meatball and Spaghetti soup in a couple of days.

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  53. Since I joined weight watchers, I've found your recipes really invaluable. I made this one tonight and it was a huge hit! My very picky two year old loves buitoni tortellini already, so she gobbled it up! Thank you so much for another tasty, simple recipe!

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  54. This soup is DELICIOUS! I use the meatball recipe alone all the time as well! Thanks for such a great collection of yummy recipes

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  55. This was delicious, is going to become a staple in my house. My husband doesn't typically like soup as a meal, but he loved this one because he said it had so many textures, it could easily stand alone. Gina, did you ever consider adding a rating system to your recipes? My guess is that you'd be getting 10 stars out of 10 on a regular basis, but would be nice to be able to rate easy to make, taste, kid-friendly, etc. and search later for that.

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  56. So delicious - I made this tonight for dinner and it was so good. The photos look like they seem to have a bit more broth than what mine did though - I suppose I could always add slightly more broth next time.

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  57. This soup is AMAZING! I made it last night and haven't stopped raving about it since! It was so simple - colorful, flavorful and super filling. This will become a staple in my house for sure and my first choice soup to make when I need something comforting on chilly nights. Thank you, Gina, for all of your delicious recipes!

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  58. Eating it right now. So good, Omg!

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  59. I made this last weekend and my kids loved it!! So good

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  60. Great soup. Made it for the first time tonight and it was great. I do not eat red meat so this is perfect. Thank you!

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