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Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

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This recipe, which I got from a friend, is like an Italian Wedding Soup with flavorful meatballs, mild veggies, and rice-shaped orzo pasta. I was recently invited to a friend’s home for the weekend and I took this for all the kids. They ate it up and wanted seconds!! This is a great soup that has plenty of good nutrition, but has comforting, easy flavors for kids. I used escarole as a break from spinach. The escarole has a slightly tougher structure, so it stands up well to the cooking process and has a pleasant flavor. NO worries if you don't have escarole, you can easily use spinach or your favorite greens.

Ingredientes

Comida
cantidad
Unidades
preparaciones
Notas
1 huevo
huevo
1
¼ taza migas de pan
migas de pan
¼
taza
2 cucharadas wheat germ
wheat germ
2
cucharadas
1 cucharada ground flax
ground flax
1
cucharada
1 libra lean ground turkey
lean ground turkey
1
libra
¼ taza grated parmesan cheese
grated parmesan cheese
¼
taza
2 cucharadas perejil, picado
perejil
2
cucharadas
picado
3 clavos ajo, picado fino
ajo
3
clavos
picado fino
¾ cucharadita sal
sal
¾
cucharadita
¼ cucharadita pimienta negra
pimienta negra
¼
cucharadita
8 tazas caldo de pollo (bajo en sal)
caldo de pollo
8
tazas
bajo en sal
1 cebollas, picado (grande)
cebollas
1
picado
grande
1½ tazas diced carrots
diced carrots
tazas
⅔ taza orzo, sin cocinar
orzo
taza
sin cocinar
4 tazas escarola, corte en piezas para comer (can substitute spinach)
escarola
4
tazas
corte en piezas para comer
can substitute spinach
sal y pimienta, al gusto
sal y pimienta
al gusto

METODÓ

Whisk egg and 2 tablespoons of water in medium bowl. Mix in bread crumbs, wheat germ and flax, and let stand 5 minutes. Add ground turkey, Parmesan cheese, parsley, minced garlic, salt, and pepper; gently stir to blend. Shape turkey mixture into 1 inch diameter meatballs. Place on baking sheet or plate cover and chill 30 minutes in refrigerator or 15 minutes in the freezer. In large pot, bring 8 cups chicken broth and ½ cup water to a boil. Add onions and carrots, reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Add orzo and simmer another 4 minutes. Add turkey meatballs, and bring temp back up until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in escarole or spinach, and simmer until meatballs, orzo, and greens are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Babyfood Option:

This is a great toddler dish, which can be pureed as little or as much as your baby needs. Consider reserving a portion for the baby before extra salt is added. For babies who are eating finger foods, the meatballs can be served separately once cut into tiny bites.

Tiempo de preparacion
25 min
Tiempo de cocinar
25 min
Costo por porcion:
$2.32
Sirve:
8 servings
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “I like it! It’s super yummy!” —Allison, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “It tastes like Italian Wedding Soup” —Joseph, age 6
😫😟😐😀😍 “I really like Italian Wedding Soup!” —Jessica, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the turkey!” —Ava, age 4
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum! I like the carrots!” —Zane, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the taste!” —Asa, age 4
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yummy!” —Maria, age 10