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September 21, 2013

The Saturday Simmer: Turkey meatball soup recipes

Italian wedding soup, from Soup Chick.

I confess, I have turkey meatballs on the brain this week, as I'm celebrating the release of my latest e-cookbook, A Flock of Meatballs. A few turkey meatballs added to soup, stew or chili can turn a ho-hum dish into a satisfying main course. Most meatballs can be made ahead, cooked, and then frozen, to have on hand as a last-minute soup booster on busy weeknights. Though I'm not Italian, I love making this escarole-rich Italian wedding soup (pictured above), one of my original soup recipes here on Soup Chick.

These turkey meatball soup recipes caught my eye:

White bean escarole soup with turkey meatballs, from Blue Kitchen

Turkey meatball comfort soup, from Turntable Kitchen

Mexitalian meatball soup, from Opera Girl Cooks

Spicy cabbage, brown rice, turkey meatball soup, from Not Just Baked

Italian wedding soup, from Soup Chick

Escarole and orzo soup with meatballs, from Smitten Kitchen

Turkey meatball soup, from Natasha's Kitchen

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: J | September 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Thanks for the new post, I am so happy to see new Fall ones coming. I'm not a huge fan of meatballs in general but do love a good Italian wedding soup. I am harvesting a lot of kale and collards right now so would use those in place of soups that call for other greens like spinach, etc. I also prefer turkey meatballs over any other kind of meat for meat balls so a nice tweaked Italian style wedding soup or Greek orzo one sounds really good to try first. Another idea to be resourceful with the end of summer crops would be an Italian turkey meat ball, zucchini and roma or sweet seasonal tomato soup with fresh basil, onion, garlic served pippin hot with fresh Parrano grated on top and a side of warm Italian crusty bread. It would a great end of summer "welcome Fall" soup and perfect for a night where it's beginning to get chilly but you still want something to hit the spot and not overly dense.

Posted by: Kalyn | September 21, 2013 at 04:26 PM

I'm thinking I might never have made soup with meatballs. And that needs to change!

Posted by: pam (Sidewalk Shoes) | September 21, 2013 at 05:00 PM

I need to make some meatballs and stock up my freezer!

Posted by: J | September 21, 2013 at 07:44 PM

The comfort soup does look comforting, not so simple to make but simple in the bowl - the broth and balls speak for themselves without distractions. I like that in a soup when I am in the mood for simple. I have never done this idea but just thought about how delicious turkey-meatballs and dumplings might be for a soup, instead of chicken and dumplings try turkey meat balls... it actually sounds kind of good and comforting too.

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | September 22, 2013 at 07:38 AM

J, you sound like a meatball person to me! Thanks for the great suggestions.

Pam, you must!

Kalyn, maybe something to try for your New Year's Day soup party?

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