It’s just starting to get nippy here in Texas, and after a long day, my body was crying out for some soul comforting soup! I would eat soup every day for every meal if I could! From a simple ramen meal to the most intensely time-consuming home-made pho’s — soup always speaks of love and comfort to me. And sometimes, when the going gets a lil rough, that is just what the doctor ordered.
So what do you do when you just got home from work and it’s late and that sad can of Campbell’s chicken noodle lurking your pantry isn’t going to cut it?
Try this recipe!!! It’s made with some pretty standard pantry staples and comes together in 30 min or less for a flavorful, healthy, warm, and comforting meal. The guys won’t even complain about this being “girl food” since the meatballs are nice and hearty. Ha! I tricked them! It’s healthy!
- 1 onion (any color)
- 1 stalk celery
- ½ cup baby carrots or 1 regular carrot
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 3 TB breadcrumbs
- 1 TB oregano
- 1 TB cumin
- 2 32oz boxes of low sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups spinach
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 TB sugar
- 1 cup mini shell pasta or other small pasta
- Finely dice the onions, carrots, celery
- Heat up a pot with 1 TB olive oil
- Once hot, add the onions, carrots, celery and stir to cook until onions translucent, about5-7 minutes
- While that's cooking, mix the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, oregano, cumin, and a dash of salt and pepper in a mixing bowl
- Add the broth, bay leaf, sugar, dash salt to the pot and raise heat to high to bring to boil
- Once just starting to boil, use a spoon and your had to form meatballs about 2 inches in diameter and carefully drop into the soup. Repeat until all meat is gone.
- As you are waiting for the soup to come back to boil, use a spoon to skim off the skum on the top of soup.
- Once it comes back to boil, turn down to medium low. Add the pasta. Cover and cook about 5-7 min.
- Taste the soup and see if it needs more salt. Throw in the spinach in and mix around to just barely cook. Serve immediately!