by Olena

Turkey Meatball Soup

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe with pasta and vegetables is super easy to make and is healthy. Kids love anything with meatballs, so this soup should be a crowd pleaser.

Turkey Meatball Soup

Recipe and photo makeover day. I posted this turkey meatballs soup a while back, but since then a Martha Stewart part of me grew up.

My absolutely favourite part of this turkey meatball vegetable soup is leftovers. I usually double the recipe and we eat it for a few days. Usually twice on the day I make it. Kids love this healthy turkey soup and my son has some right away after school and later on for dinner. This soup is also super lean, healthy and super-super easy to make. You will love it, just don’t forget to come back and tell me how much you loved it.:)

Turkey Meatball Soup in a pot with ladle and white napkin on a table

See, I’m not joking when I say I double the recipe. I might not have the newest pot on the block but definitely the largest.

This meatball soup with pasta and vegetables is great any time of the year. I have a vivid memory of my grandma making it during hot summer days. We would play outside all morning, then she would call us for lunch. You come in the kitchen and here it is – a bowl of freshly made soup, steam going up in the air, the smell of fresh herbs, with a piece of fresh and soft Ukrainian rye bread. Take me back, bye-bye mortgage.

Turkey Meatball Soup in a pot and closeup of pasta, meatballs and vegetables

bouillon cubes and sea shell shaped pasta

I love using brown rice pasta for when making a soup because I feel like I’m eating brown rice and not pasta. Makes sense?!:)

I recently discovered these organic bouillon cubes and they are awesome! Although you can use chicken or vegetable stock, homemade or from cartons. I find cubes cheaper and more convenient.

At the end you have to add a few tablespoons of organic butter, a must! It adds nice richness and depth of flavour. A reader left a comment on my chicken noodle vegetable soup with this idea and it is delicious! So, thank you Rebecca if you are reading. Now I remembered my grandma used to do that sometimes.

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Turkey Meatball Soup

5 from 2 reviews

Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe with pasta and vegetables is super easy to make and is healthy. Kids love anything with meatballs, so this soup should be a crowd pleaser.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 42 minutes
  • Total Time: 54 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 8 cups water + bouillon cubes or vegetable/chicken stock, low sodium
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (8 oz) potatoes, coarsely chopped**
  • 1 + 1/2 cup (6 oz) small brown rice or whole wheat pasta, uncooked
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1  1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, dill, green onions or leeks, chopped


  1. In a large pot, add water or stock and bring to a boil on medium – high heat.
  2. Add bouillon cubes, if using water, along with carrots, celery and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low – medium for 10 minutes.
  3. In the meanwhile, puree onion, egg, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste in a food processor or a powerful blender. Alternatively, you can use grater to grate onion and mix with other ingredients.
  4. Transfer to a medium bowl along with ground turkey and mix well with your hands.
  5. Using a small scoop or your hands, form golf size meatballs and add them to the pot with boiling stock. It should be boiling to “cure” meatballs tight away.
  6. Add potatoes, bring to a boil, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes.
  7. Add pasta and cook for 7 minutes if using brown rice pasta or 10 minutes for whole wheat. Stir a few times to prevent pasta from sticking.
  8. Add remaining salt, pepper, butter and your choice of herbs. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.


*Skip if using vegetable or chicken stock. **If using baby potatoes just cut them in half.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This recipe sounds delicious. Question: Did you use raw rice, precooked regular rice or “instant” rice? Thanks. Looking forward to trying this.

    1. Hmm. Not sure if it’s an easy way but you would have to brown meatballs before adding to a slow cooker. Also add pasta at the very end for 30 mins. Check out my instructions for crock pot chicken noodle soup.:)

  2. Hi Olena,
    I’ve just recently found your site and LOVE it!!! Your recipes are great and photos are amazing. I’ve just officially started my weight lost journey with WW post 2nd child. Your site is inspiring. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you very much Annie and welcome! Good luck on your journey!!! It is easier than you think to get to a happy land.:)

  3. I will try this soup, I am doing low-carb and high protein nutrition for weight lost. Anything you could substitute for lower carbs per serving. I like your website…thanks and keep the great work.

  4. Olena, a sincere THANK YOU! 🙂 The soup turned out yum!! Your pictures, recipes, and attitude are the absolute best!-)-)

  5. I just made this soup tonight for dinner and my husband, myself and two kids ate it right up! Delicous. Lots of leftovers too! Thanks Olena.

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