Biggest Loser Turkey Meatball Soup

We’ve never been fans of soups or stews that called for ground meat.  It tends to turn an unpleasant color, gets too chewy, and doesn’t have the satisfying “bite” cubed meats provide.  In this recipe, however, the use of ground turkey shaped into meatballs solves the dilemma — lean protein from the turkey and a nice mouth feel from a tender meatball.    It is family approved, as well. The teens and husbands love it and don’t complain they are testing “spa food.”

Biggest Loser Turkey Meatball Soup
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Recipes: Soups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups low-fat salt-free marinara sauce
  • 1 - 15 ounce can low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1- 1.25 lb package lean ground turkey
  • Nu-Salt
  • ½ pound broccoli rabe, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
Method
  1. Heat a large pot over high heat with chicken broth, marinara sauce, beans and crushed red pepper flakes until mixture comes to a simmer.
  2. While mixture comes to a simmer, season lean ground turkey with Nu-Salt and pepper flakes. Roll turkey into about 40 meatballs.
  3. Next, stir broccoli rabe into the broth and bring to a simmer. Add meatballs to the broth, cover pan with lid and lightly poach the meatballs until just cooked through, stirring occasionally for about 6 minutes. The broth should barely simmer.
  4. Check soup for seasoning.
  5. Ladle into 4 large bowls and top with pecorino.
Notes
Although no actual salt is called for in this recipe, you may add it sparingly, as you see fit.
By the Numbers
| Cal: 380 | Fat (g): 15 | Sat Fat (g): 4 | Carbs (g): 26 | Sodium (mg): 420 | Fiber (g): 5 | Protein (g): 41


 

NBC’s BIGGEST LOSER program is conducted at the Biggest Loser Resorts, Utah   Excerpted from various sources including The Biggest Loser Cookbook and Cheryl Forberg, RD, the author of The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps: 100 Easy Changes to Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle. (Rodale 2009)

April 26, 2010 | | Tags:

One thought on “Biggest Loser Turkey Meatball Soup

  1. Olivia says:

    This was just “okay.” If I made it again I’d probably use premade turkey meatballs and eliminate that step. The turkey meatballs we buy are just as “clean” without a lot of fillers so there was no benefit to making my own for this sort bland soup. Bland because I missed it being thick with cheese and other stuff. Not bad, just not my favorite.

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