Italian Wedding Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound ground turkey

1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/4 cup pesto

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 head escarole (about 1 pound), tough outer leaves removed, roughly chopped

4 ounces ditalini pasta (about 3/4 cup)

Chopped fresh parsley, for topping


  1. Preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Combine the ground turkey, ricotta, pesto, parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until just combined. Form into 24 small meatballs (about 1 tablespoon each); transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Broil until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, 2 cups water, the escarole and ditalini. Cover and bring to a boil, then partially uncover and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the meatballs and simmer, uncovered, until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle each serving with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.