Light Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup

Sweaters. Crunchy Leaves. Scarves. Crisp Mornings. Boots. Pumpkin Flavored Everything. These are a few of my favorite things about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about everything I love about this time of year. There’s nothing better than going for a long walk to enjoy the fall colors and coming home to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Except snuggling up with a warm bowl of soup.

Soup is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, I used to ask for soup for lunch every day- even during the summer. My mom worried terribly about my sodium intake and couldn’t believe how many cans of soup her daughter went through over summer vacation. While I’ve curbed my soup addiction, all I want to eat on these crisp fall days is a nice, warm bowl of soup!

Even though soup is one of my favorite foods, I often avoid ordering it at restaurants because they can be greasy and loaded with sodium. Italian wedding soup is often one of the worst offenders, with a greasy broth and lots of mini meatballs and little pasta noodles. But it’s still so delicious! I found myself craving Italian wedding soup last week, and was determined to make my own lighter version.

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Turkey Meatballs

Turkey MeatballsAs much as I enjoy cooking, there are some nights when I’m frankly not in the mood. It’s been a long day (or long week) at work, someone isn’t feeling well, or I just went to the grocery store and find myself staring at the fridge feeling utterly uninspired. On nights like these, it’s nice to have an easy, go-to dinner that’s as easy to assemble as it is healthy. Enter the turkey meatball.

Turkey is a great alternative to beef because it has much less fat, and recently it has been much more affordable than beef. Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef in just about any recipe, which is great if you are trying to improve your diet without sacrificing some of your favorites. Still, raw turkey requires just as much work to prepare as beef, and I was trying to find something I could prepare ahead of time and enjoy with minimal effort on those busy, I-don’t-feel-like-cooking nights. Turkey meatballs check all the boxes- they are so easy to make, the recipe lends itself well to being doubled (or even tripled), and they store and reheat nicely. Oh, and they are healthy and inexpensive! What’s not to love?

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