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Meatball Alphabet Soup

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Lane
    Oct 25, 2020

    Loved this recipe. The meatballs turned out perfect though I would make them even smaller next time! I added extra oregano + red pepper flakes and simmered longer but otherwise fantastic as is. I too cooked the pasta separately and added per bowl of soup.

  • shecooksalot
    Dec 8, 2013

    I really liked the taste of this soup, but the meatballs didn't turn out. I think I either need to make them bigger or just use frozen like another reviewer. I also had issues with my potatoes being cooked all the way so definitely cook for a little bit longer. Great tasting soup though!!! We will be making this again.

  • Maribellash
    Aug 12, 2013

    Loved this recipe! Super tasty. I cooked pasta separately so it didn't soak up all the liquid.

  • annieb314
    Dec 7, 2009

    I have made this recipe several times and it is a yummy soup. I could eat it every day. I usually don't bother to make the meatballs from scratch - I just thaw some frozen ones. I also find that it needs to cook a little longer than the suggested time or the potatoes don't get cooked all the way through. Must be my diced potatoes are bigger than the recipe creators. But this is definitely worth trying!