It’s getting to be soup weather! When the temperature outside starts cooling down, nothing warms you up from the inside out like a hot and steamy bowl of soup. I’ve always loved Italian Wedding Soup (it has meatballs in it, what’s not to like??) and this tasty and healthy version using lean turkey meatballs, kale, and whole wheat orzo is no exception. Not only is this super (souper? ha) filling, but a generous serving rings in at just 169 calories or 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!
2 medium carrots, grated or diced (I use my Pampered Chef Food Chopper and it only takes 30 seconds to dice them all!)
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and black pepper, to taste
64 oz 99% fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
½ cup uncooked whole wheat orzo
2 cups thinly sliced raw kale
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, garlic powder, one tablespoon of the grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs, 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.
In a large stock pot (or a large skillet, but if you cook these in the pot you can 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.
Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the pot and continue to heat to medium. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are softened.
Add the chicken broth to the vegetables in the stock pot and cover. Bring to a boil and then uncover to add the meatballs, remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of Parmesan, orzo and kale. Stir to combine and make sure the soup is at a boil. Re-cover the pot and return heat to medium to simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes until the orzo and meatballs are cooked through.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 3 per (1 ½ cup) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 4 per (1 ½ cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
169 calories, 18 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 14 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)