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Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup) is a delicious, easy, one-pot meal!

Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup) is a delicious, easy, one-pot meal!Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding soup is a classic favorite of mine. A few more soup recipes I love are Spinach Tortellini en Brodo, Cheeseburger Soup and Chicken and Avocado soup.

It makes a lot, which makes it perfect to make ahead and freeze in portions for lunch or dinner for the month.

This recipe is one from the archives, I re-made it this week and thought I would re-photograph it and give it a face-lift. My teen loves this soup, so I make it often just for her. When she was younger I used to pack this in her thermos to bring to school as a hot lunch.

The name “Italian Wedding Soup” as a reference to the “marriage” of greens and meat in the soup. A favorite in my house, this lightened up version is delicious and satisfying. If you want to keep it low-carb you can leave the pasta out, this can easily be made gluten-free!

My toddler will eat it without the greens. If you can’t find escarole, any dark leafy green would be great. Serve this with a good quality grated cheese on the side!

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Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup)

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167 Cals 22 Protein 12 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Soup
CUISINE: Italian
Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup) is a delicious, easy, one-pot meal!

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 20 oz 1.3 lb ground turkey breast 99% lean
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the soup:

  • 8 cups fat-free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 16 oz head escarole, chopped
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 oz 1/2 cup uncooked orzo (omit or use GF pasta for GF)

Instructions

Stove Directions:

  • Heat a large pot over med-high heat and add the chicken broth, bring it to a boil, covered.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, onion, garlic, salt and 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 40.
  • When the broth comes to a boil, drop the meatballs in, add the orzo and chopped escarole.
  • Add fresh pepper, adjust salt as needed and cook according to pasta directions, about 10 minutes or until orzo and meatballs are cooked.

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Pour the chicken broth in the pot, cover and cook high pressure 1 minute to bring it to a boil. Quick or natural release.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, onion, garlic, salt and 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 40.
  • When the broth comes to a boil, drop the meatballs in, add the orzo and chopped escarole. Add fresh pepper, adjust salt as needed, cover and cook high pressure about 5 minutes, quick release.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/2 cups, Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.8g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 647.5mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 0.5g
Blue Smart Points: 2
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 2
Points +: 5
Keywords: Escarole Soup, healthy italian recipes, Italian Wedding Soup, Turkey Meatball Soup, Turkey Meatballs
Makes 12 cups.

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170 comments

  1. This soup is very delicious! A little time consuming for the meatballs so next time I will allow myself more time. Very good meatballs and very flavorful taste.

  2. I needed something really quick tonight. I had frozen Kroger chicken meatballs and spinach, but followed the rest of the recipe. Delicious! I made half of a recipe for the two of us, so I have four and a half pounds of meatballs left, so I can make this many times over this long Michigan winter! Thank you for another good recipe.

  3. Whole family loved this and even ate the greens! Pretty easy if you have everything prepped and ready to go. We like things to be extra carby, so I’d probably double the orzo next time.

  4. Made this today! Its great! – Used Kale (thats what I had on hand).

  5. Hi Gina!

    This is soup is absolutely delicious! If I left the orzo out, would the points value change to 0? Doing the green points on WW. Thank you! 

    Christine 

  6. This was delicious and has so many opportunities for variation.    Turkey pepperoni, or sausage.   Also different greens.  I used mustard greens since That’s what I had on hand and used ground chicken.   Added some pepper flakes.    I make soup on a regular basis and try to find recipes that allow me to stretch calories.  Halved the chicken ….this way I can have a cup with lunch….

  7. Fantastic and simple, and with a few simple tweaks, I made it even easier (for me!) I used a combo of lean and regular (95% and 85%) ground turkey for the meatballs, and panko (I had these on hand) instead of regular bread crumbs, I also added a little parsley from my garden and a little extra garlic to the meatballs. As for the soup – almost perfect as is. I had a carrot and 2 celery stalks to use up, so I sauteed them before adding the broth, and it worked wonderfully with the extra garlic I had). The orzo really does cook quick, so add it later if you plan to let it hang out on the stovetop for a bit. There was a nice, deep flavor that developed by adding the meatballs to the broth raw, and I plan to make it this way again. Very delicious soup!

  8. Satisfying warm hug of a soup. I put turkey sausage as well as ground turkey in my meatballs. 

  9. Warm , cozy and filling soup.  Easy to make and satisfying.  Will make again!

  10. So quick and easy but tastes like it cooked all day. So good!

  11. I cooked this using an instant pot (I am new to the IP).  Do not add Orzo too quickly into hot broth, you will have one foamy mess that foams out and over the IP.   Other than that little error it tasted amazing.  I used Spinach!   Many lessons to be learned daily with an IP. 

  12. Hello Gina
    I’m looking forward to making this soup for lunches on cold L. I. days. If I add mushrooms can it be frozen? I looked at your mushroom soups and did not see any that are freezer friendly.

  13. Pingback: Easy Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup | Weight Watchers Recipes

  14. Hi Gina,

    This recipe looks amazing! Could I substitute Escarole with Kale?
    Thanks!

  15. Hi Gina,

    This recipe looks amazing? Could I substitute toe Escarole with Kale?
    Thanks!

  16. Just finished making this soup.  It is SO GOOD!!  so good, I had to come back and tell you how much I like it! Thank you!  ALL your recipes are always winners. 

  17. I know this recipe is an oldie, but it’s new to me and I made it last night – amazing! I followed the recipe to the letter, except for one addition. I threw a parmesan rind into the broth while cooking – a trick I also learned from you. 🙂 The resulting bowl of soup was so flavorful and hearty. Can’t wait for leftovers tonight!

  18. Oh. My. Gosh! I just made this soup with my homemade broth and it is fantastic. Delicious!!

  19. My husband and I absolutely love this soup! It was super easy to make! Thank you!

  20. This soup was fantastic! I'm a real soup snob and this was pretty amazing and very easy to make. 🙂

  21. Hello! Made this for the first time yesterday and it was easy and delicious! The only thing I may change for next time is baking the meatballs before I put them into the soup. The soup got a little "dirty-looking" because of cooking them in the broth. Will definitely make this again. Thank you!

  22. how many points for just the meatballs ?

  23. Does anyone know how many points plus this recipe would be without the orzo? Im assuming 3 0r 4?!? I I decided to make the orzo separate only bc I don't want the carbs. At least if it's on the side, the family can add in as much or as little as they wont and I dont have to worry about it. 🙂

  24. I made this last night and threw in some cheese tortelini – delish!!

  25. Frost this afternoon here in our place and currently it's already very cooooooold so I decided to look for a soup recipe and I found this, it's perfect for the weather today here in IL! Thanks, Gina for sharing this recipe!

  26. can i use kale instead? i love kale 😉

  27. I made this recipe today. It was great. I think the meatballs helped to flavor the broth.

  28. WW lifetime member rejoining after having 2 kids in two years! Was so happy to find this website as so many friends keep telling me about it! I made this soup yesterday and it is DELICIOUS!! I prepacked a couple containers and labeled them with the points….which is why I'm writing. When I entered in your nutrition information into the WW etools mobile it came up as 4pts plus not 5….so that's a good thing! just wanted you and the other members to know….if that is in fact true. I entered it 3x and it came up 4pts plus! It was the best italian wedding soup Ive ever had. I have the rest of my week planned out already with SKINNYTASTE's recipes!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

  29. Your blog about Italian weeding soup is really awesome. I love this recipe very much.I will definitely try this recipe. I like Italian culture, tradition, italian food etc . Last summer I have visited Italy as well as I have visited Italian restaurant. I have enjoyed Italian food very much.

  30. Delicious! I used spinach instead of escarole and it turned out great. Thanks for another tasty recipe!

  31. After a week of the flu we needed something healthy and soothing. This really hit the spot my husband loved it! 🙂

  32. We'll be making this.

    The only thing I'd change would be to add the orzo whenever you pull a batch from the freezer. I think the orzo will get to mushy sitting as it defrosts and then the reheating process.
    I do the same when I make chicken soup. I make everything but hold off on adding the rice or noodles and add them everytime when I reheat any leftovers.

  33. I just stumbled upon your website via pinterest and I am officially addicted! I love your blogging, photography and amazing recipes! This soup was the first one I made from your website and I have had it everyday for lunch and just can't get enough. I am so grateful to have found such a great source of healthy, yummy food. Keep on truckin lady!

  34. I have made this twice and followed the recipe without any problems. Delicious!

  35. I made this for dinner tonight. Overall is pretty good. I used Horizon egg whites instead of an egg, progresso italian bread crumbs and spinach. The egg whites worked well with the meatballs. You don't need 16 ounces of the spinach, I probably used 2/3 of that. I also followed a tip I saw on here about cooking the meatballs separate in water for a few minutes and then added them to the soup. Great tip! The soup wasn't cloudy with all the muck. I think it needs more chicken broth than 8 cups. The soup has a very nice flavor and is very filling. A key is to add really good parmesan to the meatballs & as a topping.

  36. Gina, are u supposed to brown the meat first? Or will the turkey cook thoroughly just by being in the broth? Thx

  37. Hi Gina last time I made your Italian turkey meatballs I did a double batch & froze extra uncooked meatballs. Could I use frozen uncooked meatballs in this soup or will it mess it up? I've made it before following the recipe & loved it!! Thanks Gina!

  38. I am really starting to scare myself with my cooking thanks to you! Absolutely amazing meals; keeps me in track for almost a year. This soup was no exception . So so delicious. Thanks again!

  39. This soup was unbeleivable, coming from an Italian Family, cutting out almost 1/2 the fat and calories was Amazing. I love your website, and have never used as many recipies from a website before .. EVER

  40. This soup was delicious! I added a little shredded carrot, just for more veggies & color. It made enough that my BF & I each had a big bowl & I put the rest in the freezer for next time. Great recipe, thanks!

  41. I was going to add carrots & celery to make it more like my original (not WW) version. Thinking I would add 1 pt+, does that sound right?

  42. I'd love some tips on freezing/reheating, too! Can I make the whole soup, freeze leftovers, and reheat in the crockpot? Or should I reheat the brothy part, and freeze the meatballs separately… is so, when would I add them in? The last half hour? And what about the orzo? Doesn't it get mushy if frozen? Thanks for any help you can provide!

  43. I'm new to freezer cooking. Can you explain how you defrost/re-heat? I'd like to be able to freeze and reheat individual portions as quickly as possible. This was one of my favorite meals growing up and I am happy to have a lightened up recipe for it. Thanks!!

  44. We made this with a few changes to make it gluten free due to dietary restrictions. We used rice instead of orzo and omitted the breadcrumbs from the meatballs and added extra cheese to replace the breadcrumbs. It turned out great! Kids loved it too. Thanks!

  45. I made this last night and LOVED it (and am still loving it as I eat leftovers for lunch right now). I used Kale which worked well except I should have done a better job cutting up the pieces and removing some of the bigger stalks as it's a bit leafy – but still tasty. Also used 2/3 cup orzo to get in a few more carbs and eat as a main meal. Turkey meatballs were great, very flavorful and moist, loved being able to just drop them right into the broth. So tasty and so easy, thank you for this recipe. I'm looking forward to trying more of yours!

    Katie

  46. Hi Gina. I am Gina too. Just discovered your blog and I am on a roll with the recipes. Great soup, hubby really enjoyed it! It was so easy too!! Made the pumpkin butter as well, it's heavenly!!! Thanks!

  47. This soup is so delicious!! For all those who weren't sure about the escarole and subbed spinach, I tried with both, and I have to say the escarole is superior! Definitely brought a little more flavor to the soup. I also sauteed my onions and garlic with a spritz of EVOO from my misto before adding them to the meatball mixture, it added a little more depth of flavor to an already delicious recipe. I make big batches of this and freeze 'em for an easy lunch! Thanks for this one, Gina!

  48. I made this tonight with spinach – it was SOOO yummy and so easy 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  49. I made this tonight with kale and it was so so so SO GOOD. This will definitely be my go-to soup this fall and winter. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  50. I just made this – DELICIOUS!!!! Perfect for this slightly cool fall day. I made a double batch with extra meatballs which I cooked in the broth but pulled out for another dish sometime down the road. I will definitely be doing that again!

  51. I've been making this recipe for years-it's from Bon Appetit (you've changed a little but not much). Why not make a note that this is an adapted recipe?

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Escarole-and-Orzo-Soup-with-Turkey-Parmesan-Meatballs-107692

    • This site is the most original recipe site, you must be joking.

    • Just looked at the link, funny it's pretty close but no I didn't copy it from there, I would have linked back. These are my Italian turkey meatballs recipe (old recipe on this Skinnytaste) basically dropped in broth instead of sauce with escarole and pasta. It's a pretty common soup that doesn't have too many ingredients, so I can see why you might think that.

  52. Gina~
    Hi! I love this recipe and I've made it several times before you re-vamped it. Have the points changed? I thought it used to make 5 servings and for 1/5th it was 5points? Right?

    Thanks!

    • Yes, when I remade it this time around I measured the final and re-calculated. 1 1/2 cups is more than enough per person but I wound up with more servings.

    • But how is it that 1/5th used to be 5 points and now 1/8th of recipe is still 5 points? I guess that's where I'm confused. Thanks!! Love your site and make soooo many of your recipes.

  53. Made this soup yesterday and it was the perfect thing for a sunny fall day. I had 2 Turkey italian sausage links on hand, so I removed the meat from the casings and mixed it with the plain turkey. Other than that, followed the recipe to e 't.' Amazing!!

  54. Made this last night and it was fantastic. Leftovers for lunch were just as good.. Added a bit of carrot and onion to the broth prior to adding the meatballs and escarole and it was wonderful. May consider using kale and making the meatballs spicy next time, or possibly use some oregano and lemon for a little Greek flavor. This is most certainly going into our regular Skinnytaste rotation. Thank you!!

  55. So amazing!! And easy to make. This will be a winter favorite.

  56. I just made this yesterday and it was so good! Froze a bunch for my upcoming lunches 🙂

  57. must try tomo!!

  58. we have GOT to try this soup! Soon….very soon!

  59. I am currently sitting at my desk, enjoying this amazing soup. Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  60. I made this soup last night- what a nice flavor! I can't wait to have some leftovers at lunchtime today- thank you for the recipe!

  61. I am not a soup fan in general, but this was so fantastically delicious!!! This recipe is a definite keeper. My husband and I loved it and I'm thrilled to find a delicious and filling low point recipe. Like many others, I used spinach and it came out great! I added an extra garlic clove to the meat mixture, though. Dinner was over 2 hours ago and the leftovers have been put away and the house STILL smells awesome from the soup cooking! Thank you Gina for yet another winner!

  62. I made this today and we loved it! Once I removed the "green stuff" from my 5 year old's bowl, he gobbled it up. I will definitely make this again and again.

  63. This soup was wonderful! I will make this again and again! I especially liked how the Escarole held up to the heat and didn't break down too much.

  64. This is officially one of my favorite recipes on this site! I've been making so many of your recipes the past couple of weeks. I used this as my side dish to your chicken spinach rolatini! I couldn't stop eating spoonfuls before dinner even started! My boyfriend LOVED it! This is so easy to prepare, and so fast! But it's SO GOOD for such a simple soup! Great work, Gina! and THANK YOU for sharing, I'm making it again tonight for my mom :o)

  65. Just made this soup. The meatballs are so delicious, and they make the soup so tasty. I added celery and carrots, and I substituted swiss chard for the escarole, because my farm stand didn't have escarole. It is still soooo delicious! Great recipe!

  66. Can this be made in a crockpot Gina? Any idea on the cooking lengths if so? Thank you! 🙂

    • Sure, but I would cook the pasta and add it at the end. I would say 4 hours on low with meatballs, then add escarole and cook one more hour.

  67. Thumbs up! Just made this for dinner and it was delicious. I added some sliced carrots and celery to the broth, which really made it pretty and added some extra flavor. This one's a keeper.

  68. i'm fanatic about watching sodium. i'm just curious. does the bulk of the sodium come from the chicken broth you use? i know that even reduced sodium chicken broth can be in the 600s for sodium content. i use a chicken broth that has 120mg of sodium per serving, so i wonder if that would cut the sodium in the soup.

  69. This may have been discussed previously, but, can you use kale instead? I have oodles of kale!

  70. This has been one of my favorite recipes of yours! I have been waiting for cooler weather to make it. I use spinach in it, and instead of the orzo I use a parmesan and egg mix that I drizzle in it like traditional Italian wedding soup. My five year old loves it! Thanks so much 🙂

  71. Yum! This is one of my favorite soups ever.

    kristen
    www.beholdthemetatron.com

  72. Can vegetable broth be substituted, or would that change the taste? Thanks!

  73. My grandmom used to 2-3 slices of bread soaked in milk to help bind meatballs together, but I know she used eggs as well so I don't know how well that combo would bind them (or affect the points) on its own. If you did that I would leave out the breadcrumbs.

  74. Gina,

    Love your website — have made and loved many of your recipes! Have a big question for you — I'm highly allergic to eggs. What would be a good binder for the meatballs instead of the egg? I see someone else used sausages, but the meatballs sound so lovely and I would love to try them instead. Any suggestions?

    • I was just going to post the same thing. My daughter is allergic to eggs too…but I really want to try this. Do you think the Egg replacer could work?

  75. Just finished the batch, and it is delicious, didn't have any escarole, used chopped up baby spinach instead! Also made your broccoli and cheaddar/potato soup, and the cauliflower soup, and the Chia mango pudding and Chia overnight oatmeal….can you tell I am stocking up for my upcoming night shifts? All tasted amazing!

  76. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF 'ESCEROLE'! IS IT LIKE CABBAGE OR LETTUCE?

  77. My only edit would be to make the soup minus the orzo, then cook the orzo as needed and add it in. The last time I made a soup like this, the orzo expanded so much that it wasn't even a soup anymore…and the orzo became really gummy after refrigerating and freezing it.

  78. Never made anything with escarole, but looking forward to trying it!

  79. How lovely!

  80. this sounds really yummy – I'm not sure what escarole is – kept 'seeing' something in my head but that was endive! I have some frozen Safeway brand turkey meatballs I may use up with this – cut think in fourths. I do want to try the meatball recipe though ..hmm..now to see if I have some turkey in the freezer..I've been wanting a good meatball recipe-for me that translates to healthy and flavorful! can't wait to try this and more of your recipes. an online friend told me about this site and I found a coule of other sites that sound good as well – for me I can't have too many sources of inspiration – they motivate me LOL! I would love a cookbook (though I wanna pick out all the ones that sound best to ME to be in it LOL!)
    🙂
    thanks,
    Susanna

  81. I came across your site in Jan. 2012 and had found this one in your archives and made it often over the winter months. One of my favorites and so quick to make, just like all your recipes! My other 3 favorites are: Asian turkey meatballs, Coconut Shrimp Thai curry and Tilapia Fish Tacos!

  82. This recipe is delicious! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I made it with kale instead of escarole, came out great!

  83. yay! I love love love Italian wedding soup! Thanks for a great recipe.

  84. I love this soup!! Great recipe!

  85. Gina – I hardly ever comment but I have been obsessing over your blog for a few months now. I found you on pinterest and have made many of your recipes to date. I have loved every one of them so completely! My family loves them too. Even my picky boys! I have made several of your recipes for company and they have all raved about how delicious everything is and can they have the recipe please?

    Tonite is the Bolognese Sauce w/pasta (I couldn't find any spaghetti squash). It's simmering right now and smells delicious. Maybe later this week I'll make this wonderful sounding soup. It's supposed to finally rain here in WA and I'd love to have a nice warm soup!

    Anyway, just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your website and all your wonderful recipes! Thanks for giving all of us healthy alternatives (and for taking the time to calculate not just the WW points, but all the nutritional information). You are a gem!

  86. I usually bake a triple batch of mini mealballs, then separate them out and freezer bag them until I'm ready for another pot..we also sub in spinach and use 6c of chicken broth and 2c of beef broth vs all chicken…we also cook the orzo separate to portion better and it doesn't get soggy

  87. I love that you can make a lot and save some for later! Some things taste even better the next day!

  88. What a great skinny take on this delicious soup! I'd love to try it myself!

  89. One of my favorite soups ever.

  90. I do something first with the meatballs that I learned from Lidia Bastianich. You simmer the meatballs for 3-4 minutes in plain water, then fish them out & plop into the soup. This makes sure no 'scummy' proteins (that white icky stuff) stay in the water pot & not into the soup. It's a nice touch & no trouble, really.

    • Thanks for adding the great suggestion. I usually precook my meatballs, but that's so time consuming! So, to cook them in the soup is a great idea and keeping the broth clear by pre-boiling in plain water is a tip I'll be keeping!

      livininthegreen.blogspot.com

    • I'm so glad you like it. I was happy to see Lidia do that & it really is a good tip. Thanks!

  91. I love make ahead meals, especially during the school year! It looks delicious and it's getting me in the mood for Fall!

  92. Has anyone tried Quinoa in place of the Orzo?

  93. Is the cheese binding in the meatballs? If I make this without the parm should I add more breadcrumbs or substitute something else?

  94. great take on an old favorite but when I lived in Italy for a year the soup was served at weddings which is why it is called wedding soup or zupa la sposa (soup of the bride) and it has a Parmesan egg type crouton floating on it.

  95. I am thinking you could replace both the bread crumbs and the orzo with Quinoa and lower the carbs too..

  96. I am making this tonight. I think I will add cannellini beans instead of the orzo since we loved them in your Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans recipe.

  97. Made this tonight (without the pasta–trying to cut carbs) Tastes great! Thank you!!
    -Lauren

  98. Hi Gina,
    Thanks for this site. I made this and it was delightful and my husband loved it! I will make again. The meatballs are wonderful and firm, but not greasy. I will make this often. Thanks for your wonderful recipes.

  99. I just made this today for lunch, it was so freaking good! Way better than I thought it would turn out. I couldn't find escarole so I just used spinach and some mushrooms that were about to go bad. I'm not on WW, nor am I actively trying to "diet" and I still really like this recipe. The meatball recipe is the best for turkey, gives it a lot of flavor. The only thing is that my broth wasn't as clear, some of the turkey pieces and onion had drifted off the meatballs and into the broth. Any suggestions for not having that happen next time? Should I add one more egg or reduce/increase the heat?

  100. hi gina
    i love your website and sure i will give a try to many tasty dishes

  101. This was delicious – and perfect for a cold rainy day! It was so easy to make too. I'm definitely going to make this again.

  102. Yum!!! I loved this recipe! I made all the meatballs and saved half for this soup and tomorrow will put the other half in marinara sauce over pasta! Cook once eat twice is my theory. Gina I LOVE this site..thanks so much for delicious light recipes. I can still eat what I like but feel great about it! -Christine

  103. Gina,
    I made the soup tonight; this is the first recipe I have attempted from your site. My grocery store didn't have escarole, so I substituted collard greens and broke up some linguine noodles because I forgot to get some orzo.
    As I sit down to sample it, it tastes pretty good–I look forward to making it with the REAL ingredients sometime in the future! Soup leftovers here I come!

    -Natalie

  104. Thanks, not yet but I hope to have more time now to work on it.

  105. Gina,
    Have you started on a cookbook? I'm very interested!!! My girlfriend turned me on to Hungry Girl but I prefer your recipes. Is there a cookbook in the works?
    Thanks,
    Kris

  106. Sarah, never heard of them but sounds like a quick way to make this!

  107. First off, I found your website yesterday and fell in LOVE with it. The pictures are beautiful and recipes look delish! I saw this recipe yesterday and decided to work off it, but did a couple things different based on what I had in my house. Have you ever heard of al fresco All Natural? They make fully cooked chicken meatballs, I had the Tomato & Basil flavor in my freezer. Your turkey meatballs sound amazing, but these were assembled and fully cooked (and they taste fantastic) – the soup in general only took about 20 minutes to make. I also sautéed garlic and mushrooms before I added the broth, and used baby spinach instead of escarole.

    Thanks for sharing all these fantastic recipes (and the points values), I am going to make the Spinach Lasagna Rolls tonight!

  108. I'm a bit on a Gina's Recipe kick these days, and I had to comment that this is the *best* (good for you) thing I have ever made. I may have to hide the leftovers from my husband! Thanks for making eating healthy and on points good tasting and interesting.

  109. I've never had Italian wedding soup before but when I decided to try it I came to your site first and voila! Another wonderful recipe! You rock Gina! Oh PS the soup was great! (I substituted spinach and brown rice since that's what I had on hand) Thanks again!

  110. A friend gave me the link to your blog after her neighbor made and gave her some of your chicken chili. In June 2010 I had gastric bypass surgery and things are going great, but I'm always on the lookout for healthy, low-fat, low-sugar recipes that both my husband and I can eat. I've found some recipes…well, ok, a bunch of recipes here that I can't wait to try. THANK YOU for doing all this work and providing the blog, with such awesome pictures, for all of us. You rock!

  111. So happy you are all enjoying it!

  112. I'm making this soup again today. I just love it. And if you put together a cookbook I will be first in line for it. Thanks so much for coverting to the Points+. This is my 2nd week on WW and have lost 6 pounds so far and a few of our dinners have been your recipes.

  113. This was amazing! I just made it tonight as is. Growing up in an Italian kitchen, my grandmother always made escarole soup. Your recipe is just delicious and the turkey meatballs have so much flavor. It didn't take long to cook at all, and it was very easy to make. Thank you! I love your site!

  114. So far this is my favorite soup recipe on the site – so much flavor, my husband loved it! Thanks again for helping me stay on track.

  115. I am making this recipe tomorrow and am so excited. Thank you for the wonderful recipes. We have all ready had several which have become family staples. I am following Points Plus and am enjoying this web site more than another popular "blog" web site for lighter recipes. Yours are wonderful and REALASTIC!!!!!!!! Please please get a cook book. I will be on line for one!

  116. I am making this recipe tomorrow and am so excited. Thank you for the wonderful recipes. We have all ready had several which have become family staples. I am following Points Plus and am enjoying this web site more than another popular "blog" web site for lighter recipes. Yours are wonderful and REALASTIC!!!!!!!! Please please get a cook book. I will be on line for one!

  117. I hope to have a cookbook in my future!

  118. I am not really a "recipe person" normally just liking to kind of wing it on my own. But I have to tell you that your recipes that I have looked at so far are inspiring me to try some of them out. If you do a cookbook I would be interested.

    And I definitely appreciate you having the WW points + values for them all.

    I can't wait to try this soup.

    • czing – I've never been a "recipe person" either, coming from the south where everything's deepfried and home-made. And I was always the head chef at the house, but since my diagnosis of probable MS and my recent 'difficulty' cooking (read: 'often unable to cook'), I'd had trouble figuring out what to do.

      Some folks online pointed me to your site, Gina, and viola! Here was my answer to needing a good diet while being the only cook in a household including my husband and a male room-mate who'd lost his home to foreclosure – oh lordy, this site has been my saving grace.

      I've been able to eat healthy, get "my boys" to eat healthy AND have them cook the meals when I can't because THEY love them also! Every single one so far has been a smash. We've not always followed to a "t," but close enough that they stay healthy and we all win big.

      If the guys see odd ingredients in the fridge, they know I've picked out a few newer recipes to try and they get excited – it's kinda funny seeing full grown men in their forties dancing around the kitchen asking "Whadda we gonna do for supper?"

    • So happy you are all enjoying the recipes!

  119. thank you so much for this recipie. i made it yesterday and it was wonderful!!!

  120. I made it yesterday and it was DELISH!!! Sooooo good. I used kale instead of escarole and it was still wonderful.

  121. one of our fav recipes! just made it again yesterday 🙂

  122. This soup was a huge hit with my friends at our Christmas celebration! Like another poster, I substituted spinach and added carrots, and it was delicious. Thanks!

  123. Nothing beats homemade broth or stock! Glad you enjoyed it!!

  124. This soup is fantastic and really easy to make. The meatballs are flavourful and tender. I used a homemade turkey stock as the broth and it really was great! I will be making this again for sure!

  125. Just updated points plus!

  126. This was so good! At first I was skeptical about putting the raw meatballs right into the broth but they turned out awesome. SO good! I had to use spinach because I couldn't find any escarole.

  127. any chance you could do points plus, I don't see all the stats to do the calculator. 🙂 thanks!

  128. Just wanted to let you know I made this soup today with the kale and followed your recipe to the T and it was so delicious. DH and I both had seconds and enough for supper tomorrow. Thank you so much, this is a definite keeper.

  129. I'm sure it would be great with kale, any greens would be fine.

  130. I wanted to make this tomorrow, it sounds so good. But none of the grocery stores I went to had escarole. I got some kale, do you think it will be okay using that?

  131. I'd love to get the pointsplus for this recipe–I've been looking for an italian wedding soup to make, and I'm gonna give this one a try. thanks!

  132. Another awesome recipe, this was SO DELICIOUS. It's going into the weekly soup rotation 🙂

  133. One of my favorite dishes…great recipe..love the pics!

  134. You're welcome! Good for you!

  135. Hi Gina,

    Another delicious meal.I made this tonight really enjoyed every bite and it was filling too!!Where the weather here is chilly still the soup is good,
    Thanks again Gina
    and I lost 1.6lbs last week at ww.
    Canada

  136. @Claudia – Thanks for noticing that. The olive oil shouldn't be there, I copied this from my skinny meatball recipe which is fried first in the olive oil then cooked in sauce. But these are dropped into the soup. Thanks for noticing that, (which actually means the points are a little less) I'll need to recalculate that.

  137. Dear Gina – thank you so much for these fabulous recipes – tonight I made the escarole and meatball soup – having grown up in an Italian kitchen I am very familiar with this soup and love the lighter version. One question though, the olive oil, I added it to the meatball mixture which I have never done before – normally I would actually add it to the soup liquid but it worked out really well.

    Thanks again!

  138. That would be perfect on a snowy night like tonight.

  139. Absolutely delicious! I made this tonight…the meatballs are so tender and flavorful…I was sort of expecting the broth to be bland..but it was fantastic!

    Thanks Gina!

  140. This looks fabulous! I love Escarole Soup in the Fall and Winter. I can't wait to try this one!

  141. Thanks for leaving a comment Dana. Enjoy!

  142. I made this tonight, and I LOVED it!! I have joined WW for the LAST time and just found your website. I looked through all the recipes this weekend and can't wait to try them. Wonderful website!!!

  143. I made this with the appetizer size pre-made turkey meatballs at the supermarket and it was absolutely delicous!

  144. I’m not even on WW but I like to come here just for some low-fat recipes. I made the turkey meatballs for my tomato soup and they turned out great. I subbed parsley for tarragon and used shredded parm, turned out great.

  145. Yummy! I made this for dinner tonight. The husband and I loved it! I added carrots and subbed spinach for the escarole. I wasn’t sure about the turkey meatballs, but they were great! Thanks Gina!

  146. This soup looks soooooooooooo good!
    I LOVE your blog!

  147. Great blog; I’ll be visiting often. I’m a Lifetime WW far from goal, but struggling to get back. I love this soup and have made it often. Your chicken chili looks like a keeper, too.

    • Arlene- I wish you luck on your goal! I have to tell you that the recipes that I've found on this blog helped my husband and I not only reach but go beyond our WW goals. We have yet to make something that wasn't flavorful and easy to prepare (we need that with four kids!) and it's been a joy to try all of Gina's recipes. Good luck to you and happy cooking!