Sunday, 9 February 2014 | MYT 9:35 AM

Meatball-tortellini Soup

MEATBALLS usually go hand-in-hand with spaghetti.

But they can also add a wonderful flavour and texture to soups.

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.

This will add just the right amount of saltiness.

Finally, serve with warm, crusty bread. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

  • Prep Time

    10 mins
  • Cooking Time

    20 mins
  • Serving



  • 250g ground turkey (or chicken)
    ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
    ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 clove garlic, grated
    Fine salt and freshly-ground pepper
    2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    2 carrots, diced
    2 stalks celery, diced
    1 litre chicken broth
    3 cups water
    255g package cheese tortellini
    4 cups loosely packed baby spinach (about 85g)


Combine ground turkey (or chicken), Parmesan, two tablespoons parsley, egg, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl; mix with your hands until just combined. Form into 2.5cm meatballs and set aside.

Heat olive oil in pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, until golden, three to four minutes. Remove to a plate. Add carrots and celery to the pot; cook, stirring, until just softened, about five minutes. Add broth and water; bring to boil.

Return meatballs to pot along with the remaining parsley and ½ teaspoon salt. Simmer until meatballs are just cooked through, about two minutes. Add tortellini and cook until they float to the top, about four minutes. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, one minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Top with more Parmesan.


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