Spaghetti & Meatball Soup
I made this soup last night and I was so excited about the leftovers that I had it again for lunch and dinner today – it’s that good! I know I already gushed about my love for meatballs in my Slow Cooker Meatballs & Marinara post, but get ready for some more gushing. They’re one of my very favorite foods after all. This soup let me feel like I was curling up with a big, full bowl of hot and comforting spaghetti and meatballs (perfect for the rainy weather we’ve been having) but the whole bowl rings in at just 6 Weight Watchers Points+ and under 250 calories! That’s way less than a typical bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. The veggies in the soup are roughly the same size as the spaghetti pieces and when you eat it all together it feels and tastes like you’re getting so much spaghetti in there. The mini meatballs are moist, flavorful and absolutely delicious…not to mention downright adorable. I scaled down my normal meatball recipe and used ground turkey breast instead of beef because it just felt right.
Not only is this soup filling, delicious and the perfect way to kill a spaghetti and meatballs craving, but it actually comes together pretty quickly. I shredded my veggies using a box grater but you could shred them using a food processor to save time. This is also the type of soup that is hearty enough to serve as a main course without question. I’d serve it with a side salad and a piece of crusty bread for a full, comforting Fall or Winter dinner. I see this soup being a crowd pleaser for all ages, and it’s a great way to sneak some veggies in for picky kids. If you love spaghetti and meatballs even a fraction as much as I do, you’re going to love this recipe.
Spaghetti & Meatball Soup
Source: adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
6 oz extra lean (99% lean) ground turkey (or chicken) breast
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
1 ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
1 egg white
1 tablespoon skim milk
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 medium carrots, grated (I used a box grater)
1 small zucchini, grated (I used a box grater)
½ medium onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt & pepper
32 oz fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
24 oz jar of marinara sauce
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup uncooked broken wheat spaghetti pieces (1 inch sticks)
1 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, garlic powder, tablespoon of grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs, ¾ teaspoon of the Italian seasoning, egg white and milk. Using your hands (or a spoon), mush all the ingredients together until well combined. Roll meat mixture into 30 separate (3/4” – 1”) mini meatballs.
2. In a large stock pot (or a large skillet, which is what I used before realizing you could totally use one pot for the entire meal and have one less to wash!), bring 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the oil and cook them, stirring occasionally until all sides are browned. Remove meatballs to a dish and set aside.
3. Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the pot and continue to heat to medium. Add the carrots, zucchini, onion and garlic and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
4. Add the meatballs, chicken broth, marinara sauce, red pepper flakes and remaining ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the pot with the vegetables. Stir together and cover. Bring the mixture to a boil, uncover and lower the heat to a simmer. Add the spaghetti pieces and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the pasta and the meatballs are cooked through. Add the Parmesan cheese in the last couple minutes of the simmer and stir in.
Yields 6 (1 ½ cup) servings. WW P+: 6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 244 calories, 30 g carbs, 7 g fat, 18 g protein, 5 g fiber