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This Turkey and Kale Soup with Cheddar Crostini recipe is a light, healthy soup topped with flavorful crostini. It's like having a gourmet grilled cheese on top of your soup!
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Turkey and Kale Soup with Cheddar Crostini

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 4
Author: Christina Hitchcock


Turkey Meatballs

  • ¾ lb ground turkey
  • 2 tsp of grated onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic - grated
  • 2 slices bacon - finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper - to taste
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp of crushed oyster crackers
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese


  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 2 medium carrots - diced
  • 2 stalks of celery - diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 5 ounces of fresh kale - washed and dried, coarsley chopped
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese

Cheddar Crostini

  • 1 baguette - sliced into rounds
  • 2 oz Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar
  • 1 clove fresh garlic


  • In a large bowl, combine all of ingredients for the meatballs, mix well.
  • Scoop one tablespoon of the mixture and form small meatballs.
  • Bake meatballs in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil.
  • When the pan is hot add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Saute for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are softened.
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  • Add the meatballs and let them cook in the hot liquid for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the kale and cook for two minutes.
  • Rub the clove of garlic over the baguette slices to infuse the flavor into the bread.
  • Evenly top each baguette slice with cheese.
  • Place under a preheated broiler for 2 minutes or until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted.
  • Remove soup from heat and add fresh parsely and grated parmesan cheese before serving.
  • Top with cheddar crostini.
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