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.

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