Tomato, Kale and Orzo Soup w/ Turkey Meatballs

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Hi all! Sorry for being MIA. I feel so apologetic all the time on the blog since i haven’t posted very much, and I keep telling myself I want to write more and learn to code. Haven’t done this New Year’s Resolution yet, but have worked on the other goals for the year. I have a great feeling that 2016 is going to be a great year for my friends and I. Change is coming (and has already as I moved a month ago) and I am SO ready.

Btw, it has been raining for 5 straight days in Northern CA. I know this year is going to be a great year because even through the rain, I am still out and about and in a great mood to be spending time with friends and family. Also, it has been a great time to make hearty soups. I am very fond of orzo, but had a un-love affair with orzo for a long time. I think I just hated the fact that it literally soaked up every ounce of liquid in everything. But for some reason, this time, I was actually craving those little morsel pastas.

Also, I have my hands on some real Burmese fermented tea leaf paste. I plan to make tons and tons of tea leaf salads in the future. Will post here once I do. Can’t wait!

Ingredients (~4-6 servings)

Turkey Meatballs

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/4 onion, diced

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic salt (or garlic powder and salt)

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne

Soup

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can chicken broth

1 can of water

1 cup frozen carrots, or chopped carrots

1 bunch kale, chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 onion, diced

2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne

1 tsp oregano

1/4 cup orzo

1 lemon, juiced

olive oil

  1. With some olive oil, stir fry onions and garlic for the soup until brown and fragrant.

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2. In a large pot, heat until boiling, water, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, and cooked onions/garlic. Bring to boil, and then turn down heat to medium, and let simmer for 25-30 minutes.

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3. Stir all the ingredients together for the turkey meatballs.

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4. Heat up a pan with some olive oil. Make small round balls with hands, and pan fry the turkey meatballs. Set aside.

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5. When the soup has simmered for awhile, taste test. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the kale and lemon juice. Cook until tender.

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6. Then, add the orzo into the soup. Bring to boil and let orzo cook for about 8-10 min.

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7. Serve with meatballs!

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