Savory Meatball Minestrone Recipe

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I came across this soup recipe years ago when I was looking for restricted diet foods. It's as good tasting as it is good for you.—Sue Murray, Hershey, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat Parmesan cheese topping
  • 1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced peeled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup uncooked spiral pasta

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving equals 118 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 9 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat


  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture; mix well. Shape into 3/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute onion, celery and garlic until crisp-tender. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetables and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in pasta and meatballs. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Meatball Minestrone in Country Woman September/October 1999, p36

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