Italian Vegetable and Turkey Meatball Soup: This is a healthy, hearty soup full of vegetables. It is perfect for a clean eating menu!

Italian Vegetable and Turkey Meatball Soup

By on February 28, 2016

Winter time is a great time for soups!  My husband prefers soups to be chunky and thick.  Actually he prefers them to be more of a stew than a brothy soup. And he likes them to contain some meat. 

When you want a flavorful, hearty and clean sou try this Italian Vegetable and Turkey Meatball Soup!He is a good sport and eats my meatless meals without complaint but I try to cook something he will really like once in awhile.  This Italian Vegetable Turkey Meatball Soup is great because it is full of vegetables for me and meat for him! For meat I added little Italian turkey meatballs.  I took the easy way out and used frozen ones but you can make your own.  The nice thing is, if I don’t want meat, it is easy to scoop around those little meatballs and he can have extra! 

Soups can are great in the crock-pot and others you just throw the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer on the stove! That is how I made this soup! I dumped everything in but the spinach (even the uncooked pasta) and let it simmer.  I put the spinach in at the end just before serving.!  I do use mostly organic ingredients and whole wheat penne pasta! It is a clean and healthy soup!

To add flavor but not calories I added a few pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano rind!  I find it in the specialty cheese area of our local grocery store.  Adding it is optional, so if you can’t find it, don’t let that stop you from making and enjoying this soup!  My husband does like to sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top but this is optional as well!

Serve this soup with a lovely Italian leaf salad and you will have a hearty meal! 

Italian Vegetable and Turkey Meatball Soup
Serves 6
An easy, healthy, hearty soup the whole family will enjoy!
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Ingredients
  1. 1- 28 ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 - 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  4. 1 cup organic vegetable broth
  5. 1 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper
  6. 1 cup fresh green beans cut in half
  7. 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  8. 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  9. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  10. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  12. Parmigiano Reggiano Rind
  13. 1 cup uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  14. 24 cooked turkey meatballs (5/8 inch round)
  15. 3 cups of raw baby spinach leaves.
Instructions
  1. Combine 1st 11 ingredients in a 4 quart pot (through Parmesan rind).
  2. Stir in meatballs and pasta.
  3. Bring to a boil ,reduce heat.
  4. Cover and cook at a simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in spinach.
Notes
  1. I find Parmigiano Reggiano rind in the specialty cheese section of our local grocery store.
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