Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
A relatively quick and easy stew which will serve many (or make many servings for the freezer). This is a great way to get reluctant kids and husbands to eat some veggies, and because you bake the meatballs, it cuts out on a lot of the fat normally found in pan-fried meatballs. Feel free to vary the ingredients (adding more or less of something as you like). This can be served as a lunch/light dinner, or as a starter for a meal. I serve this with grated parmesan cheese on top, and crusty bread for dipping.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- 8 cups water
- 1 (3 2/3 g) chicken bouillon cubes
- 4 large potatoes, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, kitchen-cut and undrained
- 1 cup baby carrots, peeled
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced (I used the canned stuff for spreading on garlic bread)
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the first seven ingredients, and form into meatballs.
- Place meatballs on a roasting pan, and bake in oven for about 20-25 mins (depending on the size of the meatballs).
- Turn the oven to broil, and let the meatballs broil for about 5 minutes, or until a nice crust has formed. Remove from oven.
- Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large soup pot, stirring to mix and to help dissolve the tomato paste.
- Cover pot and heat over low-medium heat until stew begins to bubble (about 20-30 minutes), and reduce heat.
- Add meatballs, and continue cooking for at least another 40 minutes. (You are certainly welcome to let it cook longer).
I like one pot recipes and I enjoyed the body of this stew, but I was a tad disappointed in the turkey balls. They needed just a little more zip. Salt and pepper, a touch of garlic perhaps. I will add those ingredients the next time and see how that tastes. It certainly lives up to it's serving suggestion. :)