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Classic Italian soup is a favorite throughout the U.S. Contrary to the popular belief that it is a soup meant for weddings, the dish actually got its name from the Italian phrase si sposono bene, meaning that two things are well married. And indeed, the unique marriage of flavors is sure to have your taste buds celebrating.
Fresh greens make an unexpected appearance in this hearty soup. Dark leafy green spinach supplies vitamins A, C and K, plus the B-vitamin folate, which has been linked to reduced risk of some cancers. Escarole, a less common leafy green and a cousin of red-leafed radicchio, is also featured. Substitute kale if needed.
Although extremely satisfying, this week's soup is much leaner than traditional recipes. Combining ground turkey breast with lean ground beef ensures that the meatballs stay moist, while eliminating excess fat. The substitution also helps you help your family reduce their red meat intake; experts note an increased risk for colorectal cancer when red meat is eaten in excess of 18 ounces per week.
You'll find these meatballs extremely flavorful thanks to a combination of breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, onion and garlic. But be cautious not to over mix when forming the balls, as this can result in loss of tenderness. Although you can certainly purchase ground turkey, Thanksgiving offers the perfect opportunity to grind your own from leftovers.
Turkey Italian Wedding Soup
Makes 14 servings.
Nutritional Info Per Serving:
210 calories4 g total fat1.5 g saturated fat28 g carbohydrate
16 g protein 4 g dietary fiber 530 mg sodium