Turkey Meatball and Spaghetti Soup (Kid/Bear Friendly!)

I’ve been wanting to post about this soup for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. So, here it is, Skinnytaste.com’s turkey meatball and spaghetti soup. I made it a few month’s ago because Bear had said he wanted Spaghettios and I couldn’t bring myself to actually “prepare” (read: warm up) a bowl of Spaghettios for a grown man. I noticed we had some ground turkey ready to go and hopped on over to my favorite cooking site to see what she could come up with. As always, she didn’t disappoint.


kid-friendly turkey meatball and spaghetti soup

The Stuff:


– 5 c low sodium, fat-free chicken broth

– 2 c water

– 2 chopped cloves of garlic

– 1/2 onion, chopped

– 4 tbsp parsley, chopped

– 4 tbsp tomato sauce (I just bought a can.)

– pinch crushed red pepper flakes

– salt & pepper to taste

– 6 oz spaghetti noodles


– 16 oz lean ground turkey

– 1 egg

– 1/4 c Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

– 1/4 c grated Parm

– 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil


The Process:

– Start with the chicken broth, water, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp parsley, 1/4 of the chopped onion, tomato sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh pepper. Add all of them to a soup pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about five minutes.

– While that is brewing (and smelling delicious), combine the ground turkey, Parmesan cheese, egg, remaining garlic, remaining onion, remaining parsley, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Form it into meatballs. Skinnytaste has them at 1 in, but I went a little larger. It’s up to you.

– Drop the meatballs into the broth and allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes. Then you can add the pasta and cook according to package directions. (Tip: I didn’t break the spaghetti noodles before adding them in, so there was a lot of slurpin’ going on. I’d advise against that. Go ahead and break your noodles into manageable sizes before you add it to the broth if you can.)

– Serve with grated Parm on top.


This was such an easy (and affordable) meal to make. I’d recommend it as a week night dinner, it was so fast! Being mostly a red meat type of guy, Bear was a little hesitant at the color of the meatballs. He turned up his nose at them at first, inquiring “Why are they white?” I responded with “Oh, my God, Karen! You can’t just ask people why they’re white.” Sadly, my Mean Girls quote was lost on him. Hopefully some of you are laughing. Anyway, the hesitation lasted only seconds because once he ate it, he was thrilled. We finished off the entire pot! It’s a really warming, cozy meal and it definitely tasted like something Goose would have made for me as a child. I definitely recommend for kids… Or big kids, like Bear. So yummy!



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