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Simple Soup with Turkey Meatballs and Quinoa

Recently I have come across works of fantastic illustrator Norman Rockwell who is a very talented artist from New York. I could not help to buy some of his prints. I love book illustrations and have tons of vintage cookbooks with amazing pictures. They have so many details and flavors – I can peer at them for hours, there is something so homey in them… And often I just get an urge to go and cook something, even something very simple, but just to make everyone around happy. This is the story behind this post and the Turkey Meatballs Soup with Quinoa recipe. During long cold winter evenings, a bowl of this soup can not only warm up your body but make your heart melt.

Soup with meatballs and fresh dill

Making this soup is simplicity itself, yet the flavor suggests it is the product of painstaking preparation and complicated cooking.

Glass of milk

Simple Soup with Turkey Meatballs and Quinoa

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  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • For the soup:
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (more if need it)
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped or grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed 
  • 1/3 cup quinoa 
  • salt and black pepper to taste



To make meatballs:


Add the onion, carrots, egg, bread crumbs, fresh dill, salt, and pepper to a large bowl and blend. Add in the turkey and mix everything well together. Shape the turkey mixture into small meatballs. Place on a large plate or baking sheet until ready to cook.


In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add carrot, onion, and cook stirring occasionally for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add potato, quinoa, and broth and simmer, uncovered about 10 minutes. Stir in meatballs, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender and meatballs are cooked about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve with fresh herbs.

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”

—Norman Rockwell

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  • Reply
    December 14, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Wonderful pictures, they are really old style, but so 'warm'.. ( can 'warm' be used for pictures? :))

    I guess it's too hot here for soup, that's why I have it really rarely these days..

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

    A beautiful soup! Really comforting and tasty.



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    Spicie Foodie
    December 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Such beautiful illustrations. Soup is just such a wonderful thing. Yours is bringing back memories of my mom's meatball soup. Thanks:)

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    December 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    It looks like we are cooking same things, I guess our seasonal tastes are hard to change… 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    December 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

    The soup looks really light and a kind of soup that makes us feel good of having multiple servings. Love the cute props. This is one of the beautiful quinoa recipes I've seen!

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