On a cold winter day, you can keep the whole family happy by stocking the house with delicious, warm meals. Whether you’re stuck inside or simply don’t want to venture into the cold, you can create a delicious soup as long as you have vegetables, meat, and broth. Inspired by the Thanksgiving turkey we are enjoying in my household, today I am sharing a simple Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup, made with gnocchi, mushrooms, and any other vegetables you have on hand. 

Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup

For a delicious throw-together meal, this recipe has everything you have in your house already. With simple ingredients and minimal prep time, this meal is not only easy to make, but is also a crowd pleaser. 

A Quick, Throw-Together Soup For Cold Winter Days

In the afternoon on a chilly Saturday, I started craving turkey meatball soup. As luck would have it, I had ground turkey in the refrigerator and broth in the pantry. Everything fell into place as I added ingredients I had on hand. When I made this dish, my family and I were coming down with a pesky cold. The soup offered the warmth and nutrition we all needed on a frigid day.

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First, one thing that made the soup especially delicious was the new line of Swanson Organic Broth, made with 99% fat free broth and free-range chicken. I loved the taste, and I appreciated that the broth was healthy for the whole family. During the winter, stock up on broth. If you get snowed in for a few days (or a week, as we did last year), you can make a big pot of soup to help everyone stay well fed.

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Tasty Meatballs: The Secret To A Delicious Soup

Next, the meatballs were a major highlight of the recipe. The trick to making meatballs for soup is to make them extra small. Each meatball should fit in the palm of your hand. When you bake the meatballs, they don’t have to get too brown or crunchy because they will cook as you let the soup simmer. Double check that you give the meatballs plenty of time to cook in the broth. Then, the soup will have a rich, meatier taste.
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For the next step, I added whatever vegetables I had. We always keep onions and frozen vegetables in our home. To get the best texture, I started with the onions and added carrots. When I spotted gnocchi in the freezer, I realized that the mushrooms would be a delicious addition because they go so well with gnocchi.Theresa's Reviews - Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup

Let everything cook together for a while. After cooking, the flavor develops a nice, rich taste. I loved that the dish was inspired by my favorite food, Italian cuisine, but it was made simply with ingredients I already had. Overall, the meal was simple to make and tasted delicious. If your family loves meatballs, creating a meatball soup is a good way to add variety in your winter cooking. 

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Although spaghetti, meatballs, and marinara sauce are a weekly classic in my third-generation Italian American household, this was a much lighter meal made with healthier ingredients. All in all, cooking with 97% fat free turkey, organic broth, and extra vegetables was not only health conscious, but also delicious.

Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Swanson sent me free broth after I made this recipe, but the recipe idea and decision to cook with Swanson broth were all my own. 

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Theresa has been writing since 2010 in magazines and online. Her lifestyle and parenting expertise has been featured in publications, including ShopSmart and Scholastic. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt as well as a BA in History from Flagler College, and she is a certified teacher.

9 Responses

  1. Savannah

    Oh wow, this looks soooo tasty!!! I absolutely love recipes that warm the soul, and this looks so hearty and delicious! Thanks for sharing <3

  2. Sharon

    I immediately think of Italian wedding soup when I read this recipe. Have you ever had it?? I bet the gnocchi adds such a special element to this soup. I cannot wait to test it out! Pinning for later 🙂

  3. Ashley

    Yum! This looks delicious! There’s nothing better than warm soup in the winter!!


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