Meatballs go hand-in-hand with spaghetti, but they also can add a wonderful flavor and texture to soup. Pair them with cheese tortellini and you've got an amped-up version of Italian wedding soup.
The original recipe called for beef, but I used ground turkey to cut down on calories (fewer than 500 a serving). If your kids complain when they see you stirring in what looks to be a lot of spinach, not to worry -- it will cook down to slim strands. Don't forget to grate a little Parmesan on top -- it adds just the right amount of saltiness. Serve with warm, crusty bread.
8 ounces ground turkey
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
Combine ground turkey, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley, egg, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl; mix with your hands until just combined. Form into 1-inch meatballs and set aside.
Heat olive oil in pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a plate.
Add carrots and celery to the pot; cook, stirring, until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth and water; bring to boil. Return meatballs to pot along with the remaining parsley and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer until meatballs are just cooked through, about 2 minutes.
Add tortellini and cook until they float to the top, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Top with more Parmesan.
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