Who doesn't like to find a meatball or two in a cup of soup? This hearty, satisfying blend with kale and veg is good for you too!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour15minutes
For Turkey Meatballs
1/2teaspoonblack pepperfreshly ground
1/4cupparmesan cheesefreshly grated
2carrotspeeled and large chop
8cupschicken broth or stock
115 oz. cansmall white beans or navy beans15.5 ounces, rinsed and drained
114.5 oz. candiced tomatoes15.5 ounces
3cupsfresh kaletough stems removed, chopped
1/4-1/2teaspoonred pepper flakesoptional
parmesan rind wrapped in cheesecloth and secured by a kitchen string (optional)
parmesan cheesegrated, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Halve the onion lengthwise. Peel the papery skins off. Dice one half of the onion and set aside for later. Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the other half of the onion, discarding the root.
In a medium bowl combine grated onion, oatmeal, egg, ketchup, basil, salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined. Add ground turkey and using your hands mix well until mixture is thoroughly combined.
Place a piece of parchment paper onto a rimmed baking sheet. Scoop out a small spoonful of turkey mixture and roll into one inch balls. (I used a small cookie scoop to achieve uniform meatballs). Bake meatballs for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large dutch oven, add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and saute until they give up their liquid and start to brown. Add the reserved, diced half of the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
Add chicken stock and bay leaf and heat the broth to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add beans, tomatoes, meatballs, red pepper flakes and parmesan rind (if using). Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the kale and orzo and simmer for an additional 10 minutes or until orzo is cooked and kale is tender.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Serve with croutons to sprinkle on soup or crispy breadsticks on the side.