Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup

This healthy spin on classic Italian Wedding Soup is made lighter with turkey meatballs, white beans, and plenty of kale, all in a light and comforting broth.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 85% lean
  • 1 medium shallot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano grated, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth 64 ounces
  • 1 15- ounce can white Northern beans or other small white bean drained and rinsed
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • ½ yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cups kale about 1 pound


  1. Add milk to a large mixing bowl then tear the bread into chunks and add to the milk to soak. Add the turkey, shallot, garlic, nutmeg, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, cheese, parsley and egg and gently mix with your fingers until the mixture is combined. Use a small scoop or melon baller to form ½ inch balls.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and lightly sear the meatballs for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the broth, beans, carrots, onion and kale to the insert of a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker.
  4. Drop the meatballs onto the kale, cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until the meatballs float to the surface.
  5. Serve the soup garnished with grated parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and fresh parsley leaves.

Recipe Notes

adapted from Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever