Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe (With Noodles)

by Heather on December 10, 2014

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Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe (With Noodles)

 

With the weather turning chilly, I’ve been in the mood to make soup. My plan is to make a bunch of soups and freeze them in glass jars, so I can have easy back-up meals over the winter. Basically I’m getting ready for hibernation.

I was not disappointed by the yummy turkey meatball soup recipe I made yesterday, courtesy of my mother-in-law. Back when my hubby was a bachelor, she gave him a book of all his favorite home-made “mom’s kitchen” recipes , and I now have access to the tasty secrets of the Goffrier family.

This particular recipe is definitely going on my Pinterest board for Homecoming meals. I love having tried and true recipes that I can make or prepare ahead so homecoming can be stress free. (For more homecoming tips, read my Top 10 Military Homecoming Do’s & Don’ts List)

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I doubled the recipe and ended up with about 6 quarts of soup, maybe a bit more. I started with chopping the veggies while the liquid heated (part water and part stock). I had about 2 cups of beef stock and a cup of chicken stock in the freezer, so I threw those in to melt since I’d forgotten to pre-thaw them. The original recipe calls for all beef bullion and water, but I think using some organic stocks in the liquid adds some flavor. Because I was running low on bullion/stock, I wanted to make sure there was enough flavor, so I added about 1/2 t. of seasoning salt. Turned out perfect!

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Next went the celery, carrots and parsley to the water/stock mix. It calls for green onions too but I’m not a big green onion person so I left them out. Feel free to include them if you like. Bring the mixture to boil and simmer covered for 20 minutes. While that cooked, I prepared the meatballs.

**Side note– I have a huge problem with carrots and celery getting really old and gross in my fridge, so this time I chopped up both packages completely. I used some for the soup and threw the rest in zip freezer bags for my next soup that calls for them.

In a separate bowl, combine the salt, pepper, egg, milk and bread crumbs (I used Panko). After letting it sit for a few minutes, add meat and the parmesan cheese. You can use beef, but I always use ground turkey because my mother-in-law does.

After stirring the meat mix together, form the meatballs. This part got a bit messy so I took off my wedding ring and made sure the kiddo was fully entertained. I didn’t really want to have to attend to her with raw meat all over my hands.

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Once the 20 minutes of simmering was up, drop in the meatballs and set it to simmer for 15 more minutes, covered.

After the 15 minutes, throw in the noodles. I used elbow macaroni, but I’ve used Ditalini before. My mother-in-law uses alphabet pasta but they’re hard to find. Any type of small pasta will work. (I fudged and added more than called for, because I like there to be a lot of noodles.)

Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for the proper length for your choice of pasta. (no picture, sorry!)  The elbow mac took about 7 minutes. The recipe also calls for stirring in spinach, but I didn’t have any. It was delicious anyway, though I’m sure the spinach would add some nutrients.

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After the soup was done, I divvied it up into quart and pint jars starting with the broth. I first cooled in the fridge, then put a couple quarts into the freezer. The rest will be for lunches or dinners in the coming days. (I actually had it for breakfast this morning haha. It just sounded good ;))

For the jars, I recommend a good wide mouth funnel like THIS Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe (With Noodles). Otherwise it an be rather messy.

I hope you enjoy this delicious turkey meatball soup recipe! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more great recipe ideas!

xoxo,
Heather

Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe (With Noodles)

Ingredients:
1 c. sliced carrots
1 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. sliced green onions (optional)
1/4 c. fresh chopped parsley (flat leaf)
3 beef bullion cubes (or equivalent of beef or chicken stock, adjusting with overall water amount)
3 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T. milk
1/3 c. dry bread crumbs or Panko
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef if desired)
4 1/2 oz (1 c.) small pasta such as alphabet, elbow mac, or ditalini
1 c. chopped fresh spinach (optional)

Directions:
In a kettle or dutch oven, combine carrots celery, green onions, parsley & bullion with water/stock (total 2 quarts liquid).
Bring to boil, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix salt, pepper, egg, milk and bread crumbs and set aside for a few minutes.
Add parmesan and meat and mix well.
Shape into about 36 meatballs, add to soup and simmer covered for 15 more minutes
Bring up to a boil and gradually add pasta.
Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or the length appropriate for your selected pasta.
Remove from heat and stir in spinach.
Makes about 2.5 quarts

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