Alphabet Soup with Turkey Meatballs

Made with turkey meatballs, asparagus, sweet pepper and alphabet pasta, this Alphabet Soup will please kids of all ages. Finish this quick-cooking meatball soup with a sprinkle of basil and Parmesan.

Alphabet Soup with Turkey Meatballs
Start To Finish Time:
45 mins


  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cup water

  • 1 recipe Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)

  • 1 medium yellow and/or red sweet pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 cup dried alphabet-shape pasta

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • Salt

  • Cracked black pepper

  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Turkey Meatballs

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 8 ounce uncooked lean ground turkey

  • cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

  • Dash cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce (optional)


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Add wine; return to heat. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Add broth and the water. Return to boiling. Stir in Turkey Meatballs, asparagus, sweet pepper, pasta, and Italian seasoning (if using).

  2. Simmer, covered, about 8 minutes or until pasta is tender but still firm. Stir in basil (if using). Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  3. Ladle soup into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.

Turkey Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray; set pan aside. In a medium bowl combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, and cayenne pepper. If desired, stir in Parmesan cheese and/or Worcestershire sauce. Shape turkey mixture into twenty-four 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until no longer pink (165°F).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 565mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 288mg 6%
Folate, total 104.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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