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Italian Turkey Meatball Minestrone Soup

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This winter you need to cozy up to this Italian turkey meatball minestrone soup. Filled with flavorful turkey meatballs, vegetables, beans, pasta and kale!
Course Soups, Stews & Chilis
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cannellini beans, kale, meatballs, minestrone, soup, turkey
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings
Calories 240
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 3 links Italian turkey sausage casings removed (a little over 1/2 pound)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (regular or fire-roasted)
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ditilini pasta
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves loosely packed
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 350° and line a rimmed metal baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a bowl, combine the sausage, Parmesan, parsley, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper with a fork. Measure 1 tablespoon per meatball and roll into balls. Place on prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
  • Meanwhile saute the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until tender, about 15 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes before adding in the tomatoes, broth and beans. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta accordingly to package directions.
  • Add kale to the soup and stir until the kale has wilted and is tender. Then add the pasta and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with snipped chives, chopped fresh basil or Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6129IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 2mg