Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs (Italian Wedding Soup)

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

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
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: Escarole Soup, healthy italian recipes, Italian Wedding Soup, Turkey Meatball Soup, Turkey Meatballs
Makes 12 cups.

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171 comments

  1. Not sure how I missed this recipe before. This is a winner! I was shocked how good it is!! I used kale but otherwise followed the recipe. The broth has a lot more flavor than you would think. Going into out soup rotation 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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 

  7. 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….

  8. 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!