Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

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Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 99.0
  • Total Fat: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.7 mg
  • Sodium: 1,014.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g

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Introduction

This recipes takes traditional Italian Wedding Soup to a healthier level! Trading cornstarch mixture for eggs and extra lean ground turkey for ground beef to make the meatballs, you will have a deliciously yummy soup with less fat and cholesterol! This recipes takes traditional Italian Wedding Soup to a healthier level! Trading cornstarch mixture for eggs and extra lean ground turkey for ground beef to make the meatballs, you will have a deliciously yummy soup with less fat and cholesterol!
Number of Servings: 16

Ingredients

    MEATBALLS
    1 lb extra lean (99% fat free) ground turkey
    1/2 c. plain bread crumbs
    1 tbsp cornstarch
    3 tbsp water
    1 tbsp Italian seasoning

    SOUP
    128 oz (4 32-oz cartons) chicken broth
    16 oz (1 box) acini di pepe or orzo pasta
    10 oz (1 pkg) frozen chopped spinach or 12-oz (2 pkgs) fresh baby spinach

Directions

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with water until cornstarch has dissolved. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey with breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning. Pour cornstarch mixture over the meat and knead until well mixed. Roll dime sized meatballs and set aside.

In large pot or dutch oven, boil chicken broth. Drop meatballs into broth and boil for 10 minutes. Add spinach and pasta and boil for 10 more minutes. Cool until soup is at an edible temperature before serving.

Makes 16 1-cup servings (includes 1 oz. of cooked pasta).

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Note: My husband and I have modified this recipe over the years using a variety of methods and have come up with what we consider the best tasting soup. We do not recommend using fat-free chicken broth, as this particular broth makes a bland tasting soup. However, if you are on a low sodium diet, you may prefer mixing 100% fat-free chicken broth (which has 1/3 less sodium) with regular chicken broth in a 3:1 ratio. For instance, you may use three 32-oz cartons of fat-free broth with one 32-oz carton of regular broth.

Addendum: This recipe does not include parmesan cheese, which most traditional Italian Wedding Soup recipes recommend. If you'd like, add 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese to the meat mixture before rolling the meatballs and sprinkle 1 tbsp on the soup before eating.

Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user TERRIFICLYFIT.

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  • Incredible!
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    saute onion, carrots and celery in scant amount of olive oil then add 2 large cans of broth and continue recipe as directed - 10/7/12

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  • Awesome..I used 2lb ground turkey and mixed it with Knorr leek soup mix for liquid I used bouillon cubes instead of broth. only half the amount of bouillon because the leek soup flavored it enough. - 9/19/16

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  • cook onion, carrots and celery in sm amount oil, then add broth - 10/29/15

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  • I've been searching for a healthy alternative to this soup! Thanks! - 3/12/13

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  • Very easy to make and has a good flavor!! Yum! - 12/12/11

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