Slow Cooker Meatball Soup with Potatoes & Kale (6 pointsplus)

Slow Cooker Meatball Soup with Potatoes & Kale (6 pointsplus)

When you think of warm, satisfying comfort foods, what comes to mind? Creamy potatoes? Maybe a hot soup? The delicious meatballs you loved on top of spaghetti as a kid? What if we combined savory meatballs with tender potatoes in a velvety soup that will warm and sustain you? Our meatballs are made with lean chicken, cutting fat and calories from this recipe, and red pepper flakes and chili powder add a pop of flavor to this scrumptious dish!

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup or 1/6th of recipe | Calories: 234 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 19 g

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (large) Yukon Gold potato, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth, fat-free, low sodium
  • 2 cups milk (1 – 2% recommended)
  • 2 cups kale leaves, (stems removed) rinsed and coarsely chopped

Directions

In a medium bowl combine meatball ingredients and shape into 1” bite size meatballs. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

Combine the first 4 ingredients and make into 1-inch meatballs. Add oil to a large skillet and lightly brown meatballs over medium-low heat, on both sides.

Note: The meatballs shouldn’t be cooked through all the way, but just browned on the outside. Add to slow cooker: meatballs, onion, garlic, potato cubes, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, chicken broth and milk, and stir just to combine. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Add kale and cook just until wilted, approximately 10 -15 minutes.

Optional: For a thicker soup, combine cornstarch and cold milk, stir until smooth and add to slow cooker the last 20 minutes of cooking time.

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