Everyone needs an easy Meatball Kale Soup recipe in their back pocket. This particular recipe is perfect for a hectic weeknight when you want a homecooked meal with little fuss.
Meatball Kale Soup calls for a large bowl and a side of crusty, buttered bread. Grab a large pot and get ready to serve up some well-deserved wintertime comfort food.
How to Make Meatball Kale Soup
Despite its slow-cooked taste and rich flavor, this soups is actually super quick and simple to make. What’s even better? It’s made in one pot and requires minimal clean-up. Follow the easy steps below and get prepared for your whole house to smell like heaven on earth:
- Gather your ingredients, dice your potatoes and chop kale into bite-sized pieces.
- Dice onion and carrots. Preheat a large pot over medium heat with olive oil. Sautee chopped onions and carrots until onions turn translucent.
- Add chicken broth or beef broth to pot and bring to a simmer.
- Hand mix ground turkey with egg and a generous amount of garlic salt.
- Form meatballs, adding to the boiling pot as you go. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add potatoes. Simmer until cooked through. Add kale.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and ladle yourself a bowl!
Hot Tip: In a rush? Pop a bag of frozen meatballs in the soup instead of making your own.
Tips for Meatball Soup
Here are a couple quick hitter tips and tricks to get the perfect Meatball Kale Soup each and every time:
- Broth – Using chicken or beef broth produces the best flavor. However, you could use water as well — just make sure you add extra salt and/or Italian seasoning to prevent your soup from turning out bland.
- Meat – Turkey and chicken work great, but feel free to use lean ground beef or pork if you like. The key here is to not use super fatty ground meat, which could make your soup too oily.
- Veggies – You can totally get creative with the veggies you use. Oftentimes, we add bell peppers, mushrooms or broccoli to switch things up.
- Herbs – We often add fresh herbs for a hint of extra freshness. Dill and parsley really elevate the flavor.
Storing Leftover Meatball Soup
Meatball soup is great fresh, but it’s also the perfect candidate for meal prep. Make a big batch and eat it throughout the week or freeze a couple containers for those nights you don’t feel like cooking. Find the best methods for storage below:
- Refrigerator – Store your soup in an airtight container in the fridge. It should stay fresh for about a week. Bonus: As it marinates in itself in the container, your leftovers will get more and more flavorful throughout the week. Ahhhh, the beauty of soup…
- Freezer – Place completely cooled soup in properly portioned, air tight containers. When a craving hits, take a container out and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat in a saucepan.
Serving Meatball soup
Nothing goes better with soup than a salad, a complimentary sandwich or a hunk of bread. An Air Fryer Grilled Cheese always hits the spot. But, if you’re wanting something lighter pair the soup with a healthy serving of our Caesar Salad Recipe. It goes without saying that Baguette is non-negotiable to sop up all that delicious broth, right?
More Meatball Recipes
Juicy meatballs have their place in an abundance of recipes. Here’s a couple Momsdish classics to satiate your craving:
- Easy One-Pan Meatball Pasta Recipe – Classic, creamy and dreamy. This pasta dish is YUM.
- Meatball Soup – Meatballs and rice make this soup eat like a meal.
- Swedish Meatballs – Are you the kind of person who can’t leave IKEA without a heaping plate of Swedish meatballs? Look no further.
- Grape Jelly Meatball – Grape jelly and meatballs?! You read right. The end result is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, tangy and savory.
- Marinara Meatballs Recipe – No one is too old for meatballs drenched in read sauce and covered with melted cheese.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp garlic parley salt
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 1 medium carrot chopped
- 3 medium potatoes chopped
- 1 bn fresh kale chopped
- 7 cups water or chicken/beef broth
- 1 tbsp salt adjust to taste
- 1 tsp pepper adjsut to taste
- Prepare ingredients. Clean and dice potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Chop kale into one-inch long strips.
- Dice onion and carrot into similar sized pieces. Preheat oiled pot over medium-heat with olive oil. Sautee onions and carrots until they soften and the onions turn translucent.
- Add water or broth to the the pot. Bring to a simmer.
- Combine meat with egg and garlic salt.
- Form meatballs by rolling the meat mixture into a ball in the palm of your hand. Add one at a time to the boiling water. Let soup simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add diced potatoes to the simmering ingredients. Once they are fully cooked (about 15 minutes), add in the kale strips.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve soup while it is warm.
For meatballs I purchased two packs of chicken sausage.(can buy turkey sausage as well). Removed chicken from casing, added egg and formed meatballs (if too loose add just a sprinkle of bread crumbs. Followed the rest of the recipe. Delicioso! We enjoyed!
One suggestion, can you put jump to recipe in your blog? This helps me with purchasing ingredients.
That meatball mixture sounds delicious, Barbara! I'm so glad you enjoyed this soup. Regarding the suggestion, beneath the title of the recipe, in gray, there should be a part that says jump to recipe.
My whole family really enjoyed this soup! The meatballs are delicious!
I'm so glad you enjoyed the soup, thank you for your feedback!
This looks so delicious and full of flavor! I’m so excited to give this a try!
I hope you love the recipe!
Delicious! I love this soup! Could totally eat it everyday!
Thank you, Betsy!
Just beautiful 🥰 I bought kale for zuppa tuscana soup only to discover that hubby wanted something else... What a wonderful alternative to use kale!!!! Thank you, Natalka ❤️ I love and use your recipes often!
Yuliya, this is so great to hear. Thank you for sharing!!!
Here I am thinking which soup to make on this rainy day we're having today... And then I open your page!!! I happen to have everything on hand & family loves meatball soup as well as kale so this will be perfect. Thank you, have a Blessed week Natasha!
I hope you love it! I am craving this soup again. Especially after all that cruise food 🙂