Sometimes I just get tired of “normal” food. This soup recipe is not your regular run-of-the-mill soup. It has meatballs in it! I tend to think of meatballs with spaghetti or as a party food, not in soup!

I saw this recipe it the October issue of Southern Living. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but I think it turned out delicious!


First, make the meatballs.

Chicken Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 tsp. rosemary

Combine these ingredients and shape into approximately 30 meatballs. Sauté meatballs in 1 Tbsp. olive oil until browned.  Remove meatballs and set aside. You’ll want to do this in a couple of batches. Just use a Dutch oven so you don’t have to wash a skillet.

Next, make the soup.

Lemony Soup

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

3 carrots, sliced thinly

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 (32 ounce) containers chicken broth

5-6 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp. rosemary

3/4 cup orzo pasta (I didn’t have any orzo. I substituted broken spaghetti for the orzo, and it was still yummy.)

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

Sauté onion, carrots, and garlic in 1 Tbsp. olive oil until tender.

Stir in broth, lemon juice, lemon zest and rosemary. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Add orzo (or spaghetti). Reduce to a simmer for 7-9 minutes, or until pasta is almost tender.

Stir in the meatballs. Simmer another 5-7 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Top with cheese and parsley.

Meatball soup

This soup was so yummy and fresh tasting! I reminded me of this recipe a little.

Critics’ Corner

Chip: This may be the first time I’ve ever had a lemon-flavored soup, but it was fantastic. All of the ingredients worked together well for a unique flavor that was really good.

Megan: It was too lemony for my taste.

Katie: It was rather yummy, but it just had too much of something.

I saw this  tantalizing recipe for Grilled Chicken Burgers on my friend Talya’s blog the other day.

Chicken Burger pin

I was very excited because I had just bought some ground chicken a couple of days prior.

Talya served hers with wasabi mayo and purple onions. I didn’t have either of those.

The burgers were delicious without them. However, it leaves me something to try next time.

Rosemary Chicken Sliders.jpg

My burgers were slider-sized. The only reason for this was  I had purchased slider buns at Kroger in the big city. My small town Walmart doesn’t carry them. The slider buns are just so cute!

I also used an electric indoor grill for my burgers. It worked just fine.

Roasted sweet potatoes was our side dish-YUM!

Skip on over to Grace Grits and Gardening for the recipe. Thanks, Talya! This is a keeper!

Do you use ground chicken much? How about ground turkey?

Critics’ Corner

Chip: They didn’t have quite as much flavor as I thought they’d have. However, with just a dash of Heinz 57 these made great little sliders. (Alas, the wasabi mayo would have done the trick!)

Megan: It was an instant favorite. I think I like it better than a regular slider.

Katie: Awesomeness! I loved the herbs!