Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup
I was searching Pinterest for whole food dinner ideas and came across this unique and clean meal in the form of a soup. Kale and turkey meatball soup sounded like the newest item at Panera, but the slow cooker recipe looked easy enough. I adapted it slightly and opted not to use the crock pot. I was just weary about cooking the meatballs raw with the other stuff. I know, I cook roasts and whole chicken with veggies. Since this was my first time making it, I just made the meatballs ahead of time and then tossed everything in a big pot.
I knew after a minute why I was so intrigued with this colorful combination of food and broth. The dish reminded me of the delicious Wedding Soup my grandma and mom used to make. Beef, chicken broth, orzo and endive were replaced with turkey, vegetable broth, cannellini beans, and kale in this twist on the traditional soup. We didn’t have the soup often, as it was reserved for special occasions, but when we did, it was savored for its rich taste and the knowledge that we were special. It took hours to make and toast the croutons, roll and bake the meatballs, cook and pull the chicken, chop the celery, and cook to perfection. I have this tradition tucked away for special gatherings. It was a treat to make this soup last summer with my mom, sister, and niece in Ohio. It was delicious!
For times that I want something like wedding soup in 30 minutes, I’ll opt instead for the Turkey Meatball and Kale version. I was first inspired by Heidi on FoodiCrush. I had most of the items already, so it was pretty cheap to make. This soup was easy and delicious!
Let me know how your meal turns out!