3/4 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound turkey sausage, casings removed
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup diced carrots (about 3 medium)
1 cup diced celery (about 2 large stalks)
10 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup small pasta (I used mini bow-tie pasta)
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
8 ounces fresh baby spinach- trimmed, washed & patted dry
extra Parmesan cheese, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare meatballs: Place ground meats, bread crumbs,
garlic, parsley, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and
1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a
fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1-inch meatballs onto a sheet
pan lined with parchment paper (you’ll make somewhere around
40 meatballs). Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and
lightly browned. Set aside.
Prepare soup: Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a
large stock pot. Add onion, carrots, and celery and saute
until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
the chicken broth and wine and bring to a boil. Add pasta to
the simmering broth and cook an additional 6 to 8 minutes,
until the pasta is tender. Add the fresh dill and then the
meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for
salt and pepper. Stir in spinach and cook for 1 minute,
until spinach is just wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and
sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan cheese.
Prep for this soup first involves making the meatballs. Mix
the (turkey & sausage) meatball ingredients and spoon the
mixture onto a baking sheet.
Baking the meatballs in the oven makes this entire process
so much simpler than trying to saute 40 meatballs in a
skillet. They’re done cooking after about 30 minutes.
While the meatballs are cooking, you can prep the
soup…chopped onion, carrot, and celery with chicken broth
and wine. Pasta and fresh dill are added in toward the end.
Your cooked meatballs are then slipped in. It’s set to
simmer for a bit before adding in fresh spinach, giving it a
taste and adding in any needed salt and pepper.
Now, if this soup isn’t a meal in itself… I don’t know what