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My favorite turkey meatballs for soup

Best turkey meatballs for soup.

Here at the log house, the air outside smells like Fall, and my kitchen smells like soup. At least once a week, I haul out the big stock pot or Dutch oven, and start tossing in vegetables, herbs from the garden, leftovers from the week's cooking, beans or lentils or pasta from the pantry, and, almost always these days, some turkey meatballs.

One of the things I love about meatballs is how adaptable they can be. The same meatball feels equally at home in salad, a sandwich or wrap, over pasta, or in soup. I make several varieties of meatballs ahead of time, and freeze them. Then, when my weekly soup begins to take shape, I match meatballs to the flavors and spices in the soup. Direct from freezer to stock pot, cooked meatballs add another layer of complexity, and turn simple soups into complete meals.

You can find all of the meatball recipes in my new e-book, Meatballs:Low-fat turkey meatballs recipes with bold around-the-world flavors, from The Perfect Pantry® kitchen. Some have been published here and updated in the book.

Remember: make your meatballs small, not more than 1-1/2 inches in diameter (spoon size), and if you're gluten-free, substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs in any of these recipes.

Try these combos with some of my soup recipes, or have fun tossing meatballs into your own favorite soups. There is no right or wrong. There's only fun!

Top row, left to right:
Chipotle turkey meatballs in butternut squash, peanut and chipotle soup
Turkey ricotta meatballs in ratatouille soup
Greektown turkey meatballs in Greek lentil soup with red pepper and feta

Middle row, left to right:
Teriyaki turkey meatballs
in quick and easy seven-spice udon noodle soup
Florentine turkey meatballs in vegetable soup with fennel, white beans and Italian turkey sausage
Southwest turkey meatballs in black bean soup with Ro*Tel

Bottom row, left to right:
Greek meatballs with red pepper and feta
in tortellini soup with escarole and zucchini
Curried turkey meatballs
in Indian mushroom soup
Turkey pesto sliders in zucchini, white bean and pesto soup


For the meatball recipes from the book, and lots more meatballs with around-the-world flavors, click here. (Remember, you do not need a Kindle to read the Kindle edition of the book! Simply download the free Kindle reading app for your tablet, phone or computer.)

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I just bought the book and sent it to my iPad, I can't wait to look at it!

I love this post, love it! Love the recipes. Meatballs are really the best all around food... as you show they are perfect everywhere! And I love turkey so much better than beef which tends to dry out. This is perfect for the upcoming autumn and winter months!

Jamie, so many possibilities here! I've become a real fan of meatballs, too -- a great way to add a small amount of protein to salads and pastas.

These all sound amazing!

I am loving "A Flock of Meatballs" - as usual, Lydia, your recipes take me places I didn't expect to go. I was never a meatball fan - but who can resist these?

I have a freezer full of cow, much of it in ground form, so I appreciate the meatball ideas (though I'll be making them with beef, since I have so. much. of it).
What a terrific idea for your newest eBook!

Oh how I love a meatball!! It has been much too long and I will be whipping up a batch soon!

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