Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Turkey Meatball Soup

This Turkey Noodle Soup with Turkey Meatballs is an easy and delicious soup recipe!  Serve with fresh buns for a cozy meal.

Welcome to day 2 of my soup week! Yesterday I shared a Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder that is to-die-for, and today I’m sharing the most simple & delicious meatball soup.  More specifically Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Turkey Meatball Soup.  Say wah?  Let me explain!  I live in Calgary, Alberta and we have the best mayor in the country…for reals.  He is smart, charismatic, comforting, witty and a pillar of strength for our city.  Since he has held the title of mayor in our great city, he has had to deal with quite a few major challenges like our city’s flood and Snowtember just to name a couple, and he always does so with such grace.  Anyway, you can see I’m a big fan.  So when I saw that he was sharing a soup recipe in The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook by Sharon Hapton, I knew I had to try it.  And because it was so delicious I wanted to share the recipe, as well as a little bit about Mayor Nenshi with you!

My husband actually brought this cookbook home from his work and I was immediately smitten with it.  This book has brought together recipes from hundreds of well known chefs like Julie Van Rosendaal, Curtis Stone, Michael Smith and Deb Perelman and compiled them all into one fantastic and delicious book!  And the best part?  The proceeds go to the Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers non-profit organization to provide help and nourishing soups to women & children fleeing domestic abuse, and youth in crisis.  This is a cookbook with a cause and I love it.

Delicious and good for the soul.

Naheed Nenshi's Turkey Meatball Soup {A Pretty Life}

So let’s talk about this Turkey Meatball Soup.  This soup has such simple & clean ingredients.  Real and fresh food with big flavour…it was a big hit with my family.  The meatballs are so flavourful – I think it’s the parmesan cheese in them that makes them uber-delicious.  And the broken spaghetti noodles take me back to childhood chicken noodle soup.  SO good and so comforting!  If you’ve got just over an hour before you have to have dinner on the table, you can make this soup for your hungry crowd!  I’m betting they’ll love it!  Serve it up with fresh buns and dinner is served!

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Turkey Meatball Soup


  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

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This Turkey Noodle Soup with Turkey Meatballs is an easy and delicious soup recipe!  Serve with fresh buns for a cozy meal.


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Ingredients

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • salt & fresh ground pepper

Soup:

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock (see notes)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup of dried noodles (egg noodles or broken spaghetti noodles)
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Instructions

To make the meatballs:

  1. In a bowl combine the ground turkey, parmesan cheese, onion, egg and spices.
  2. Form the turkey mixture into 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the inside of the meatball is no longer pink.
  4. When the meatballs are done baking, remove them from the oven and set aside.

To make the soup:

  1. While the meatballs are baking, you can make the soup broth.
  2. In a soup pot combine the chicken stock and water and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, thyme, basil and salt & pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
  4. Add the cooked meatballs, noodles, red pepper and green onions and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

For the broth, I used a 1 L container of chicken stock, and 2 cups of water.

Recipe from The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook by Sharon Hapton

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I hope you make this recipe…it’ll be a keeper in your recipe box.  Trust me.  😉

Have a delicious day!
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    October 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    This looks gorgeous, Jo-Anna! Pinned!

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    heather @french press
    October 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    okay, this soup sounds incredible

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    Jennifer Roe
    October 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    The meatballs are a great twist on a classic recipe! I look forward to trying it.

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      October 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      I agree! It’s the meatballs that really make this soup extra delicious!

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