Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crock pot Italian wedding soup with turkey meatballs

We have finally made our way into a house in seattle. Never in our dreams did we think that finding a house for our family to rent would be so difficult, the rental market here is insane!! But now that we are in a house I can work hard to get back into blogging.

My sweet little Zoey is gonna be 2 just after Christmas so not only am I not ready for the holidays I am not ready for my baby to really no longer be a baby but full on toddler. She is sweet but I am not gonna lie the girl has a set of lungs on her and isn't afraid to use them, usually just when she is letting you know she isn't ok with what you just did for her. One of her favorite lunches is Italian wedding soup..yes my daughter gets soup from a can sometimes. So I decided to make her some and of course her favorite part in the meatballs.

This is a simple crock pot meal and you can change it up as you like. For mine I used turkey for the meat balls and seasoned them how I usually do for meatballs but beef pork or combinations would be yummy or and chicken don't forget you could always use ground chicken.

~Meat balls~
1/2 lb Ground turkey
Bread crumbs
Seasonings of your choosing (i chose garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, pepper.
~Soup base~
64oz chicken broth
1 cup water

1/4 of an onion chopped
1-2 carrots chopped in bite size pieces (the smaller the the pieces the softer they will cook)
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2cup chopped spinach
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup orzo

Mix your meat ball ingredients ad create small bit size meat balls (at this point if you want your meatballs to hold up better then mine did i suggest baking in an oven for about 15 min) set aside.

Place the rest of the ingredients except for the orzo into the crock pot. slowly place your raw or cooked meatballs into the soup. Cook on high for 4-5 hours. During the last hour add your orzo.

Serve with crusty bread and some Parmesan cheese.

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