Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
For the Turkey Meatballs:
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1 bunch fresh dill
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs (or panko)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 TBL olive oil (for frying)
For the Soup:
- 1 cup orzo
- 1 zucchini, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 yellow squash, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 TBL olive oil (for sautéing)
- 48 oz chicken or vegetable broth
- Making the Meatballs:
- Start by finely chopping the parsley, mint, and dill. Set aside some for garnish.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the herbs, green onions, garlic, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and egg.
- Incorporate the ground turkey and mix until well combined.
- Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Optional: Prepare meatballs a day or two ahead and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
- Cooking the Vegetables:
- In a large pot, heat 1 TBL olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the chopped zucchini and yellow squash, and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until they start to sweat.
- Remove the vegetables and set aside.
- Cooking the Meatballs:
- In the same pot, add 2 TBL olive oil and warm over medium heat.
- Add the meatballs, browning them for 2 minutes on each side.
- Making the Soup:
- To the pot with meatballs, pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and the orzo.
- Turn the heat to high. Once boiling, let it simmer for 7 minutes until the orzo is nearly al dente.
- Add the sautéed vegetables back into the pot and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the reserved fresh herbs.
Wine Pairing Tip:
The soup has a strong herbal flavor, which pairs beautifully with a wine like Sauvignon Blanc, known for its herbaceous qualities. Specifically, wines from the Loire Valley in France, labeled as Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, are ideal. Their flavors of lime, lemongrass, and crisp minerality will enhance the herbal notes of the soup and refresh your palate between bites.