When our local supermarket had some reduced price turkey wings (we've never had a problem with their reduced meat) my spouse bought a couple of packages. Soup is an excellent food - it hydrates you, and (the way my spouse makes it), it is suitable for those watching their weight. Also, the sodium content can be adjusted according to taste.
First, he made the soup base.
Take the turkey wings and add them to a large pot with water to cover. Add a couple of bay leaves and several cloves of garlic, smashed with the flat part of a large knife to release the flavor.
Simmer for about one and a half hours.
In the meantime, spouse prepared the meatballs with the following:
Ground beef/veal/turkey mixture about 1/2 pound (about a quarter of a kilogram)
chopped garlic, cloves first smashed with flat part of knife
chopped green onions (some call them scallions)
He mixed all ingredients together with his hands, formed little meatballs, and cooked one quickly in the microwave to taste. Satisfied, he dropped them into the soup, raw.
The meatballs, added.
You want to have the meatballs cook in there before the defatting so that some of their fat is taken out at the same time.
Then, he added veggies that take a few minutes to cook - baby carrots, celery - and cook another 20 minutes or so. Finally, he added the tender greens - escarole (what we use) or spinach, plus some precooked pasta.
If you wish, you can add canned beans, tomatoes, or corn, to this soup, also. The beauty of this soup is its versatility. There is no right way to make it. Use what is on hand.
Delicious - just perfect for a day like today.
Do you like soup? What is your favorite?
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