Vegetable Soup with Turkey Meatballs

September 17, 2011

I sort of threw this together off the top of my head, and it turned out REALLY REALLY good so thought I’d post what I did for posterity.

  • One large can crushed tomatoes
  • Most of a carton of chicken broth (enough to get to the right amount of liquid)
  • One potato, chopped small
  • One largish handful of chopped frozen eggplant
  • Probably two largish handfuls of mixed frozen veggies (we buy these by the bag at Costco- carrots, peas, corn, green beans)
  • One chopped zucchini
  • About three chopped small onions (the equivalent of one big chopped onion)
  • One chopped hot pepper of some sort (could have done two)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Lots of oregano
  • Lots of garlic powder
  • A little (tablespoon?) sugar
  • One lb ground turkey

I did all the veggies first and the liquid and threw them into the crock and let them cook a while.  An hour or two later, I got the turkey out and rolled it into little meatballs and dropped them right in, raw.  (I had to do about half of it, let them cook for 10 minutes or so, then stir around, then do the other half, so the meatballs weren’t all right on top of one another until they were cooked enough to hold together).

I let everything cook on high.  Probably started around 1230, added the meat around 330, and we ate at 6.  It was REALLY good, thickened up well, the meatballs were just the right amount and frequency, and the vegetables were cooked enough to mix in nicely so you couldn’t really distinguish what was there.  Put parmesan cheese on top.

R ate meatballs.  A ate almost nothing.  C ate her whole small bowl because she knows there’s pumpkin pie downstairs for folks who finish dinner to enjoy later.  Even the veggies!  GO C!

I also present you with this exchange from the grocery store:

Sean: I got a pumpkin pie.

Me (slightly mishearing): YEAH, you got a f^@%!%& pie!  Awesome.  What kind, is that pumpkin?

Sean: Um, yes.

I thought he was just expressing his enthusiasm for the pie and I was ready to join in.  Really, I’m not usually a potty mouth.  We’ve been calling it the f^@%!%& pie all day.

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