Tomato, Kale and Orzo Soup w/ Turkey Meatballs


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


7. Serve with meatballs!



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