Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

NYT Classics

Italian Wedding Soup With Turkey Meatballs

4 servings


30 minutes

total time


12 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for greasing and serving

1 pound lean ground turkey

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/3 packed cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

3/4 cup orzo, ditalini, acini di pepe or another small soup pasta

3 packed cups baby spinach or kale, thinly sliced

1 lemon, zested and halved

1/4 cup fresh dill, oregano or basil, roughly chopped (optional)


Combine the chicken broth and 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, add the turkey, panko, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup Parmesan to a large bowl. Mix with a fork or clean hands until combined. Gently roll the mixture into 12 medium (2-inch) or 20 small (1 1/2-inch) meatballs and transfer to a baking sheet lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat.

Heat the broiler to high and set an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat. Broil the meatballs until brown on two sides, turning halfway through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Add the pasta to the boiling broth and cook over medium until al dente, then lower the heat to a low simmer.

Add the meatballs to the broth and simmer on low until completely warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and add the spinach and lemon zest, stirring well to wilt. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Drizzle each with olive oil, sprinkle with more Parmesan and squeeze a bit of lemon over the top. Scatter the dill over the top, or stir in.


Serving Size




Total Fat

31 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat

19 g

Trans Fat

0 g




1859 mg

Total Carbohydrate

49 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

13 g


52 g

4 servings


30 minutes

total time
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