Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup with Turkey Meatballs
Total Time: 30
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1-1/4 cups plain dried breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus extra to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 quarts (8 cups) low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 large carrots, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 1 cup penne pasta
- 5 cups white Swiss chard (or escarole), stems trimmed, washed, and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Garnish: finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions:In a medium bowl, whisk egg and water together until well blended. Add turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Using moistened hands, shape turkey mixture into 1-1/4-inch meatballs. Place on a baking sheet; chill 30 minutes.
In a large pot, bring chicken stock to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add carrots and turkey meatballs; simmer uncovered 8 minutes. Add pasta and cook until al dente (slightly undercooked), about 3 minutes.
Stir in Swiss chard and simmer until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes longer. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide mozzarella into six serving bowls and ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.