Similar to Italian wedding soup, but with an Asian-twist, this slow cooker miso ginger soup with turkey meatballs is a nourishing meal that will warm you all the way through.
As much as I love the holidays, many of the foods associated with this time of year aren’t always the lightest feeling. Between the casseroles and roasts, I find myself craving nourishing meals that are still filled with warm flavors. Soups are an easy answer to a wintery light meal that still satisfies the taste buds.
What You’ll Need
Don’t worry if it looks like a lot of ingredients! Some are listed twice as they’re use in the broth and meatballs; others are either pantry staples or easy to find at your local grocery store.
For the broth:
For the Turkey Meatballs:
This soup is very similar to my Healthier Italian Wedding Soup. Both are made in the slow cooker, contain lean turkey meatballs, and are full of warm, deep flavors. The key to the umami taste for this soup is white miso paste. I talked all bout miso paste in this previous post, but briefly, miso paste can be white, red, or mixed. For a more mild and slightly sweet flavor, we’re going to go with white miso for this recipe. While it’s not a pantry staple for many Americans, miso paste is easy to find and can be stored in the fridge for years (although, the taste is best if used within the first year).
Health Benefits of Miso:
A staple in Japanese cuisine, Miso paste is made from fermented soybeans and grains. Thanks to the fermentation process, miso contains millions of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. While the research into probiotics is ongoing, we know that they play a big role in healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Additionally, miso is rich in essential minerals and a good source of B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, and folic acid.
Other Ways to Enjoy this Soup:
You’ll notice that this is a very light soup – just broth, turkey meatballs, and vegetables. If you are looking for a heartier meal, you could throw some ramen or soba noodles into the slow cooker for the last 20-30 minutes of cooking. This soup can also be made vegetarian by swapping out the meatballs for extra firm tofu.
If you enjoy this recipe or found a way to make it better, let me know! Drop a comment below or tag me on Instagram @TheHealthyToast_RD 🙂
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