This sour turkey meatball soup is a delicious recipe to make when you need something comforting. It's full of healthy vegetables and the turkey meatballs make it a tasty filling main meal.
The inspiration for this Turkey Meatball Soup
I first made this sour turkey meatball soup as part of a challenge in a secret recipe club I was involved in. It's slightly adapted from a recipe by Camilla over at Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
I love cooking from scratch, discovering new flavours and trying dishes from different cultures and so does Camilla. I soon chose to make ciorba de perisoare which is a Romanian sour turkey meatball soup. I had never made a sour soup before but as soon as I read it, it reminded me of the sour soups I had eaten in Poland years ago.
Now, this sour soup sounded completely different from the Polish soup I remembered but the idea of making a sour soup had got to me. I really wanted to make a sour soup. I knew it might not look pretty but I was confident it was going to taste great.
Why is a sour soup sour?
Sour soups are sour because of added acid, usually vinegar. Just think of Asian sweet and sour recipes. This Romanian sour soup is sour because of white wine vinegar.
What does this Romanian sour turkey meatball soup taste like?
We loved the sourness in this soup. A sour meatball soup was definitely something new for us to eat at home and I really enjoyed it. I was frugal with the vinegar, adding only 2 tbsp rather than 4 but it was still enough to give that sour soup taste. I might even be a little more generous with the vinegar next time!
A Warming Healthy Comfort Food Recipe
I made this turkey meatball soup in January and it was a perfect meal to make when you want something tasty but that makes you feel healthy as well. It's packed with vegetables and minced turkey is a very healthy meat too. I used minced thigh rather than breast as thigh meat generally makes moister tastier meatballs or burgers.
Do you have to cook the rice before adding it to the meatballs?
When I first made this soup I'd never put uncooked rice in a meatball before. I was a little worried that the grains would not cook through or that the meatballs would fall apart but i was worrying for nothing. I needn't have worried. Everything was perfectly cooked. There were a few grains of rice in the soup but the meatballs held together perfectly.
Can you adapt this sour soup recipe?
Like all soups you can adapt this to suit your tastes and what ingredients you have. You could use different vegetables. I think squash or green beans would be a delicious addition.
If you don't have turkey mince then chicken or pork would work as an alternative too.
If you want to omit the meatballs altogether then you could add a tin of butter beans or cannellini beans instead. I also think tofu would work well.
As I said earlier, you can adapt the level of sourness in this soup. If it's your first time making a sour soup then go easy on the vinegar. It's very easy to add a little more later or if you are serving a few people, you can even add more to your own bowl at the table.
Recipe for Sour Turkey Meatball Soup: Ciorba de Perisoare
Sour Turkey Meatball Soup
For the Meatballs
- 400 g minced turkey I used thigh meat
- ½ small onion diced
- 3 tbsp basmati rice
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of black pepper
For the Soup
- 1 onion diced
- 2 sticks of celery finely diced
- 3 carrots diced
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 ltr chicken or turkey stock
- handful kale
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp vinegar I used white wine vinegar
- Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and mix together with your hands before forming into meatballs.
- Heat a little oil in a large pan. Cook the onion, celery and carrot gently until softened.
- Stir in the paprika and add the chicken stock.
- Bring to the boil, stir in the kale and then reduce to a simmer.
- Add the meatballs and continue to simmer for 40 minutes.
- Stir in most of the parsley and the vinegar to taste then serve topped with the remaining parsley.
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