Italian Meatball Soup
This Italian Meatball Soup makes a wonderful and hearty soup that is health friendly to the diabetic diet. Bread crumbs add a richness to the texture without a lot of fat.
1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
2 egg whites
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
3 tablespoons Italian seasoning, divided
Olive oil cooking spray
4 cans (15 oz) low sodium chicken broth
3 cups water
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
8 ounces thin spaghetti, uncooked, broken into 2-to 3-inch pieces
2 medium plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix ground turkey, egg whites, bread crumbs, two cloves of garlic, and 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning until well blended; shape mixture into 32 meatballs.
Spray large saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Cook meatballs until browned on all sides, five to seven minutes.
Add chicken broth, water, green beans, carrots, onions, remaining two cloves garlic, and remaining 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered until vegetables are almost tender, about eight minutes.
Heat soup to boiling; add pasta and tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is al dente, about ten minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size: 2 cups
Calories: 270; Fat: 8.7g; Cholesterol: 31.7mg; Sodium: 174mg; Carbohydrates: 30.2g; Protein19g
Exchanges: 1-1/2 Bread, 2 Meat, 1/2 Fat