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Turkey Meatball Minestrone

A thick Italian vegetable soup with Parmesan turkey meatballs.
Turkey Meatball Minestrone

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Servings: 6
Total Time: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Frankie

Ingredients

For The Meatballs:
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 large egg lightly beaten
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dry oregano
1/2 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp dry parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
For The Soup:
1 TBSP olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
salt & pepper
15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup elbow macaroni
12 ounces frozen spinach

Directions

1. Combine all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands until mixed well. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet (you should have about 40 to 45 meatballs). Cover the meatballs and refrigerate while you make the soup.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a dutch oven or large pot.

3. Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

5. Stir in the vegetable broth, tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper, bring to a boil.

6. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes.

7. While the soup simmers remove meatballs from the fridge and preheat the oven to 425°F.

8. Add the beans and macaroni to the soup and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

9. While the pasta is cooking place meatballs in the preheated oven and cook for 12 minutes.

10. Stir the frozen spinach into the soup and cook until heated through, about 3 more minutes.

11. Discard bay leaves, add salt and pepper to taste.

12. Stir the cooked meatballs into the soup and serve.




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