Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Turkey and Greens Soup

On a cold winter's day, what is better than a steaming bowl of soup?

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 parsley
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.
After another 30 minutes,, he took out the now-cooked turkey wings out and defatted the broth.  
(By now, the meat will fall right off the bones)

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?
I don't publish many recipes on my blog, but if you want to see more, let me know.


  1. I often make refrigerator soup in the winter, using whatever leftovers we have in the refrigerator along with chicken broth, a can or two of tomatoes from the pantry and some fresh greens from the garden. It's one of our favorite go-to meals.

    1. It's a good idea - good way to use up leftovers. We don't do as well with leftovers as we should

  2. I've discovered "bone broth" - a great reason to slow cook or simmer those bones even longer (to get all the gelatin from the marrow). The best broths I've made so far were made from the bones of a whole roasted turkey (just bones and scrap meat!) and from pre-roasted (450F for 20 minutes) beef marrow bones that had been salted and peppered before roasting. This looks really yummy, Emma - I'll have to give your recipe a try!

  3. Have you ever tried browning the meatballs first?

    1. Browning vs. "raw" meatball discussions, in my husband's families, rank up there with Republicans vs. Democrats. Believe it or not!

    2. Really?? That would make for an interesting scene in a novel.

  4. This sounds like a great recipe!

  5. Good recipe! Yes, I like soup, especially on cold winter days - my favourite is a spicy lentil soup. YUM:-)

  6. This is AWESOME! My husband and I are always looking for new soup recipes to make on the weekends during the winter months. Thank you for sharing :-)

    Dr. Lisa

  7. Beautiful recipes! Very awesome!
    This coming Wednesday, I am planning on making lentil soup.
    It is the soup time of year.

  8. This looks great and can easily be adjusted for my Keto diet! Thanks. I would love to see more recipes here :)


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