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Meatball & Orzo Soup

This soup is a take on the classic comfort food Spaghetti & Meatballs. Orzo is a pasta, not rice! Leftovers of this soup are the perfect warm-me-up lunch and it’s quite healthy, too. Make a double or triple the batch of the meatballs to freeze for other meals.  These turkey meatballs are delish and filled with veggies!

Recipe created by Ashleigh of Dash of Evans.

Meatball & Orzo Soup

Meatball & Orzo Soup

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion, divided
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (plus 2 tsp.) Italian seasoning, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (14 oz.) can white beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups baby kale


  1. Add garlic, 1 carrot, ½ cup onion and pepper to food processor. Pulse to finely chop.
  2. Mix Italian seasoning and 1 Tbsp. oil in small bowl.
  3. Combine turkey, egg, breadcrumbs and cheese in large bowl. Add chopped veggies and Italian seasoning mixture, and mix well.
  4. Heat large skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Using a teaspoon, make tiny meatballs rolling in hand before placing in skillet. Brown meatballs on both sides and remove from skillet. Set aside.
  5. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add zucchini, ½ cup onion and 1 carrot, and cook, stirring frequently, 5-7 minutes, or until onion becomes translucent. Add tomato paste and Italian seasoning, and stir. Add white beans and stir. Add stock, orzo and meatballs. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10-12 minutes. Add kale and simmer 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. To serve, top with extra parmesan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 12gSodium: 787mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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