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tomato basil alphabet soup with mini turkey meatballs

Alphabet Soup

Nostalgic and 100% homemade! This Alphabet Soup is everything your childhood was made of but healthier and made with turkey meatballs!
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword alphabet soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 260kcal
Author Lauren


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 56 oz tomatoes 2 cans
  • 6 cups chicken or beef broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

for the meatballs-

  • 1 slice sandwich bread
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 lb Butterball ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup alphabet pasta or short cut pasta


  • Place a large pot over medium heat. Pour in olive oil and saute onion for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic and cook another minute.
    cooked onions and garlic
  • Pour in tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper, sugar, and spices. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer and cover.
    tomato basil soup
  • Break sandwich bread into bite sized pieces and place into a large bowl. Stir together with milk and soak 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients for meatballs until incorporated. Roll into small, bite-sized pieces.
    mini turkey meatball unbaked
  • Using an immersion blender, puree tomato soup until completely smooth. Drop meatballs into simmering broth to poach and cook 5 minutes. {It doesn't take long!}
    immersion blender
  • Add in cooked pasta and stir. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
    cooked alphabet soup noodles


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1585mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1710IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg