A white bowl of turkey meatball soup

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The meatballs are the real stars of this turkey meatball soup; you will savor each one. Make a big pot for your family and enjoy it all week (if it lasts that long).

My sister Tanya is a great home cook. She is always discovering something new and delicious and sharing it with us. Tanya showed us how to make this soup. It’s very tasty and healthy too! It’s one of those soups you don’t get tired of.

Ingredients for Turkey Meatball Soup:

10 cups chicken broth or stock
6 cups filtered water
1 cup barley, rinsed and drained
5 medium potatoes, chopped into ½-inch cubes
1-2  medium carrots, grated
1 medium onion, finely diced
½ pound (about 7) mushrooms, sliced
1 can white beans
1 Tbsp Mrs Dash (original or garlic flavored)
2 Tbsp dill
1 tsp salt + more to taste
Olive oil to saute mushrooms

Turkey Meatball Soup

Ingredients for Meatballs:

1  to 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
1 large egg
1 tsp Mrs. Dash
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 medium onion, finely diced

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How to Make meatballs:

1. Combine all of the ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl and mix well.

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2. Roll the meat into ¾ -inch balls (gumball size) and place on a large cutting board.

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Note: We usually buy a 3 lb pack of ground turkey and make double the meatballs to freeze half for next time. But make sure to thaw completely before putting frozen meatballs in the soup.

How to Make Turkey Meatball Soup:

1. In a large pot, combine broth with water and bring it to boil. Add barley and boil for 12 minutes before adding potatoes.

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2. While barley is cooking, prep all your vegetables.

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3. After 12 minutes passed, add diced potatoes and cook for around 20 more minutes.

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4. In a large skillet, heat 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté onion 4 to 5 minutes until light brown. Next add some carrots, saute for 3 minutes until soft. Add mixture in the soup.

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5. In the same skillet, add more olive oil and sauté mushrooms 5 to 6 minutes until soft, than add them in the soup.

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6. Add can of beans with juice (don’t drain), 1 Tbsp of Mrs. Dash, following by meatballs and boil for 5 minutes. Meatballs will float to the top.

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7. When meatball flow to the top, finish the soup with 2 Tbsp of dill and 1 tsp of salt.

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Enjoy 😀

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Turkey Meatball Soup

4.95 from 17 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
A white bowl of turkey meatball soup
My sister's Turkey Meatball Soup is hearty, healthy and so satisfying.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 people

Ingredients for Soup:

  • 10 cups chicken broth , or stock
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup barley, rinsed and drained
  • 5 medium potatoes, chopped into ½-inch cubes
  • 1-2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • ½ pound mushrooms, (about 7 mushrooms)
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Seasoning, original or garlic flavored
  • 2 Tbsp dill
  • 1 tsp salt , plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil , to saute mushrooms

Ingredients for Meatballs:

Instructions

How to Make meatballs:

  • Combine all of the ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Roll the meat into ¾ -inch balls (gumball size) and place on a large cutting board.

How to Make the Soup:

  • In a large pot, combine broth with water and bring it to boil. Add barley and boil for 12 minutes before adding potatoes. While barley is cooking, prep all your vegetables.
  • After 12 minutes passed, add diced potatoes and cook for around 20 more minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 to 2 Tbsp o olive oil and sauté onion 4 to 5 minutes until light brown. Next add some carrots, saute for 3 minutes until soft. Add mixture in the soup.
  • In the same skillet, add more olive oil and sauté mushrooms 5 to 6 minutes until soft, than add them in the soup.
  • Add can of beans with juice (don't drain), 1 Tbsp of Mrs. Dash, following by meatballs and boil for 5 minutes. Meatballs will float to the top.
  • Finish the soup with 2 Tbsp of dill and 1 tsp of salt.

Enjoy 😀

    Nutrition Per Serving

    211kcal Calories28g Carbs18g Protein4g Fat1g Saturated Fat34mg Cholesterol493mg Sodium835mg Potassium6g Fiber2g Sugar912IU Vitamin A12mg Vitamin C77mg Calcium5mg Iron
    Nutrition Facts
    Turkey Meatball Soup
    Amount per Serving
    Calories
    211
    % Daily Value*
    Fat
     
    4
    g
    6
    %
    Saturated Fat
     
    1
    g
    6
    %
    Cholesterol
     
    34
    mg
    11
    %
    Sodium
     
    493
    mg
    21
    %
    Potassium
     
    835
    mg
    24
    %
    Carbohydrates
     
    28
    g
    9
    %
    Fiber
     
    6
    g
    25
    %
    Sugar
     
    2
    g
    2
    %
    Protein
     
    18
    g
    36
    %
    Vitamin A
     
    912
    IU
    18
    %
    Vitamin C
     
    12
    mg
    15
    %
    Calcium
     
    77
    mg
    8
    %
    Iron
     
    5
    mg
    28
    %
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Course: Side Dish, Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: turkey meatball soup
    Skill Level: Easy/Medium
    Cost to Make: $$
    Calories: 211

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    Comments

    • Michael
      December 1, 2023

      I made this soup but i made it from my signed copy of the cookbook. I used turkey stock from the thanksgiving bird and the soup turn great. This recipe is a keeper but only thing i would do is to add more meatballs and maybe add the white beans. Thanks for a another awesome recipe.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        December 1, 2023

        I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Michael!

        Reply

    • Faith
      November 28, 2022

      Love your recipes Natasha! You inspire me to cook (and you make it so easy)! Question: what do you think of using cauliflower instead of potatoes in this soup? If so, do I reduce cooking time? Thank you so much!!!

      Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        November 29, 2022

        Hello Faith, great to hear that you are enjoying my recipes! I honestly haven’t tried using cauliflower to advise so if you do an experiment, we’d love to know how it goes.

        Reply

    • Rachel
      October 11, 2022

      I love this soup!! I followed it to a T until the very end when I thought it needed a little acid to balance out all the earthy, warm flavors. I added one tablespoon of red wine vinegar and that was IT!!! I also added a couple punches of red pepper flakes and a couple splashes of half and half so it would remind my husband of Zuppa Toscana in appearance. Both of those additions were nice too. I love this healthy, delicious recipe, and thanks for introducing me to Mrs. Dash!!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        October 11, 2022

        Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Rachel! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

        Reply

    • Christine
      February 7, 2022

      For the dill, the receipe does not specify fresh or dried? Is it 2 Tablespoon for fresh or both?

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        February 7, 2022

        Hi Christine, we love using fresh but dried will work too. The ratio is usually 1 tablespoon fresh dill = 1 teaspoon dried dill.

        Reply

    • Christine
      April 16, 2021

      You mention the seasoning Mrs. Dash, is there a non blend herb or spice that can be used instead?

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      • Natasha
        April 16, 2021

        Oh great question! I just made these the other day with these seasonings for 1 lb of meat and skipped the Mrs Dash seasoning. Here is the seasoning mix I used instead of what is written in the recipe and it worked great:
        1 tsp salt
        1/4 tsp black pepper
        1 tsp onion powder
        1/4 tsp garlic powder

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    • Anna
      February 26, 2021

      Do you think leaving out the mushrooms will disrupt flavour too much? (My kids are in the anti-mushroom stage at the moment).

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 26, 2021

        Hi Anna, we enjoy the mushrooms in this soup, but you are welcome to omit them.

        Reply

    • Nataliia
      February 1, 2020

      This is very tasty! Love it! I also added crashed garlic in meatballs and in soup ! With bay leaves and parsley in addition to dill. Yummy!
      Natasha, please post more soup ideas like this: healthy, yummy and low calories.
      Thank you

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 1, 2020

        I’m so glad you liked this recipe, Nataliia! Thank you for that suggestion!

        Reply

    • Galina
      October 24, 2016

      Can I use chicken ground things chicken thighs instead?

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      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        October 24, 2016

        Hi Galina, yes absolutely! I think that would work great! I think ground chicken thighs would also work well in my Mom’s meatball soup.

        Reply

    • anna
      May 3, 2016

      made this soup last week, omg ! soo good. made a big pot, usually would last a week , haven’t last two days. defiantly a keeper ! easy to make , reach flavor ! love it , love it , love it !

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        May 3, 2016

        That’s just awesome! I’m so happy you liked it! 🙂

        Reply

    • Tanya
      December 19, 2015

      Hi Natasha,
      I made turkey meatballs using your recipe and froze them for later use. In your instructions you specify to thaw the meatballs completely before putting them in the soup. What happens if I put them in the soup while still frozen? Will it turn out ok? I imagine it will take longer to cook. Thank you.

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        December 19, 2015

        I let them thaw or they release white “stuff.” It’s kind of like when you try to sautee a frozen chicken breast and it releases the white stuff. I’m not sure why this happens but it does and your soup will not look as appetizing. That’s really the only reason I let the meatballs thaw first.

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        • Tanya
          December 20, 2015

          Thank you for responding so fast and saving my soup from disaster! I love your blog and visit it often.

          Reply

    • Julie
      August 23, 2015

      My husband absolutely loved this soup! I skipped the beans and I used the left over meat after making your stuffed peppers. Both were a complete success, even though I am no cook! I don’t know what I would do without your recipes. Thank you Natasha 🙂

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        August 23, 2015

        Thank you so much for the awesome compliment :). It really means alot to me 🙂

        Reply

    • Anna
      June 3, 2015

      This soup looks delicious! Can I use red beans instead or skip the beans from the recipe or it will effect the flavor too much ?

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      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        June 3, 2015

        Anna, you can use different beans or skip them. They should not effect the flavor much :).

        Reply

    • jen
      January 9, 2015

      Thanks for the recipe. Made this tonight. I love a good soup. one of my fav soups is meatball soup and my husbands is mushroom so this is like a combo of both. lol (I used rice instead of barley and left out beans) cant wait for lunch tomorrow to eat it again lol hahaha

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 10, 2015

        I’m so happy you loved it! It’s one of my favorites too 🙂

        Reply

    • Vika
      December 16, 2014

      I made this soup without white beans, and used more mushrooms and instead of just adding barley by itself, I used a mix of barley, lentil, peas…and it came out pretty good. Thanks Natasha!

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        December 16, 2014

        Ooh that sounds like one healthy and tasty soup! thanks for sharing your modifications with me. I love getting new ideas!

        Reply

    • Inna
      June 12, 2014

      Natasha, this soup is absolutely delishious! My husband REALY loved it. Even my kids liked it. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. It’s a keeper for sure!

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        June 13, 2014

        I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! 🙂 That’s music to my ears 🙂

        Reply

    • angie
      June 2, 2014

      what happened to the cream of rice in meat mixture? i remember adding it once. did you modify it? How much cream of rice do you add?

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        June 2, 2014

        I revised it because I thought the texture was a little nicer without it. I had 1/3 cup cream of rice.

        Reply

    • Inna C
      April 30, 2014

      Natashka you inspire me to cook I just love your site please keep on coming with the recipes and i love your pictures that makes cooking much more enjoyable and easier..Thank you so much ..:)

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        April 30, 2014

        Music to my ears. Thanks so much! 😉

        Reply

    • Lana
      December 27, 2013

      Hi Natasha,
      My whole family and I love this soup – thank you for sharing this great recipe. More importantly, thank you for taking time to detail all of the steps – I find the pictures extremely helpful and I never considered myself a cook, but this soup come out perfectly delicious every time.

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        December 28, 2013

        You’re so welcome. It’s also how I love to cook; when there are pictures (lots of pictures). Lots and lots and lots of pictures 😉

        Reply

    • katya from PA
      November 13, 2013

      I m going to try to make it today. Thanks for the recipe

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        November 13, 2013

        You are welcome Katya, I just made it yesterday myself :).

        Reply

    • eugene
      October 13, 2013

      My favorite soup! Completed it yesterday and loving it. Thanks!

      Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        October 13, 2013

        You are welcome Eugene, your comment is music to my ears :).

        Reply

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