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Spicy Meatball Soup

Last updated on March 16th, 2019 at 05:12 pm

This spicy Turkey Meatball Soup is simple and quick soup for any week night meal. It’s hearty, filling and soup-er delicious!

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I wanted to start cooking more Chinese dishes, because it is a type of food I never really ate because of all the grease and calories – but it always looks so good. I quickly realised that the easiest way to make a healthy Asian style dish is to make it soup/broth base, so you don’t have to go down the route of a stick sauce.

Seeing as winter is most definitely here now in the UK, and soup is on the menu pretty much every day in our home, this seemed like a great time to make a meal like this. The addition of meatballs is so good. You could leave them out completely though, and just add more vegetables, or you could add tofu instead. I used turkey mince, but you could use pork, beef, lamb or chicken – they would all work.

So, skip the takeaway this weekend and make a tasty and healthy Chinese dish yourself.

How to make this Spicy Turkey Meatball Soup – Serves 2:

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Turkey Meatball Soup

This spicy Turkey Meatball Soup is simple and quick soup for any week night meal. It's hearty, filling and soup-er delicious!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time18 mins

Total Time23 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese

Keyword: asian noodles, healthy meatball, meatball recipe, noodle soup, turkey recipe

Servings: 2 people

Calories: 435kcal

Author: Dannii


  1. 100 g udon noodles (or your favourite noodles)

  2. 200 g turkey mince

  3. 4 garlic cloves

  4. 2 red chillies

  5. 1 tbsp fresh ginger

  6. 4 spring onions

  7. 500 ml hot water

  8. 1 stalk lemon grass

  9. 0.5 lime (juice and zest only)

  10. 20 g fresh coriander (cilantro)

  11. 2 large mushrooms sliced

  12. 100 g kale

  13. 1 tbsp olive oil

UK measures - US measures


Put the mince, half the garlic (crushed), 1 red chilli (diced), 2 spring onions (diced) and half the ginger (finely chopped) into a bowl and combine. Roll into meatballs. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the meatballs and cook for 10 minutes, turning over every few minutes.

Meanwhile, add the rest of the garlic and ginger to a food processor along with the lime juice and zest, lemon grass and coriander and whizz it up to make a paste. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar to make the paste.

After the meatballs have been cooking for around 2 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the hot water and the paste to the pan and then add the kale and noodles and heat for around 4 minutes on low.

Serve into a bowl and top with the rest of the spring onions (sliced lengthways) and the other red chilli (sliced).


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 863mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6410IU | Vitamin C: 139mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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