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Mama Mia Spicy Meatball Soup

A healthy soup full of lean protein and a ton of flavor! An Italian Turkey Meatball Soup as seen on the Biggest Loser.
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword turkey meatball soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


  • 1 lb. Ground Turkey Breast 93% lean
  • 2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1-2 cups Spinach finely chopped
  • 1 - 15 ounce can Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Red Chili Flakes to taste
  • 6 ounces Pecorino Romano Cheese grated (or Parmesan)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, season ground turkey with red pepper flakes, garlic salt, and pepper and stir to combine (using your hands is the easiest way). Roll turkey into 1/2 inch meatballs.
  2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook for 8-12 minutes, covered, turning often until no longer pink.
  3. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add chicken broth, marinara sauce, spinach, chickpeas, garlic salt, and red chili flakes.
  4. Let it come to a light simmer and cover for 10-12 minutes. Add meatballs and cook an additional 5-10 minutes.
  5. Before serving, taste your soup for seasonings. You may need to add more salt, pepper, and red chili flakes to your personal preference.
  6. Ladle into bowls and top with grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese and fresh basil.