Meatball Alphabet Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.


9 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
Bite-sized meatballs made from ground turkey perk up this fun alphabet soup. A variety of vegetables are mixed in a rich tomato broth seasoned with herbs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Meatball Alphabet Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced peeled potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup uncooked alphabet pasta


  1. In a bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1/2-in. balls. In a nonstick skillet, brown meatballs in small batches over medium heat until no longer pink. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in oil until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add the broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, basil and thyme; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook for 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat; add meatballs. Simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 192 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 742mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.