CARROT SOUP WITH TURKEY MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS

For soup:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth (homemade or reduced-sodium canned)
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, sliced

For meatballs:

  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • ¼ cup grated ­Parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp milk (or water)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make soup: Warm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, garlic, ½ tsp salt, and red pepper flakes and sauté, stirring, until vegetables begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in broth, scraping up any bits stuck to bottom of pot. Cover pot and simmer until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make meatballs: Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and roll into 1-inch balls, spreading them out on a platter. 3. Puree soup in a blender, or with an immersion blender, until smooth. If using blender, return soup to pot. Bring to a simmer. Add meatballs and let simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add spinach and simmer until wilted, about 1 minute. Season servings with salt and pepper to taste.

SPICED APPLE AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 large onions, diced

2 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and diced

1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground

4 butternut squashes, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeds removed, diced into 1-inch cubes

3 qts. chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. add the diced onions and apples, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the spices, cook for 1 minute and then add the squash and chicken stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until squash is tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Purée and serve. Add additional stock, if necessary, to desired thickness. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate any left overs.

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