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Meatball Minestrone Soup

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Keep warm (and full) on chilly days with this delicious and hearty soup.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 1 pound Sweet Sausage
  • 1  Egg, Beaten
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, Chopped
  • Olive Oil, For Cooking
  • FOR THE SOUP:
  • 1  Medium-sized Carrot, Sliced Or Chopped
  • 1  Medium-sized Spanish Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 1 can (28 Oz. Size) Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 quarts Chicken Stock
  • ½ cups Orzo (uncooked)
  • 1 cup Baby Kale
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1-½ cup White Beans
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar, Or More To Taste (optional)

Preparation

For the meatballs (you will only use half of the meatballs):
Put sausage into a food processor and pulse a few times to chop it up. Add egg, bread crumbs, and parsley. Pulse until everything is mixed.

Form into small balls (it should yield about 35 meatballs). Add a little olive oil to heavy-bottomed soup pot and brown meatballs. Once meatballs are browned, take them out of the soup pot and put them on a plate. (They’ll finish cooking in the soup.)

For the soup:
Add a little more olive oil to the pot and cook carrots, onion, and garlic for about 5–7 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add tomatoes, thyme, basil, and oregano, and cook for 15 minutes, using a spatula to stir and break up tomatoes.

Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add half the meatballs and the orzo. (Freeze the rest of the meatballs for next time.) Cook for 10–11 minutes, until orzo is ready.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add baby kale, baby spinach, and white beans.

Note: If the tomatoes leave the soup tasting too acidic, add 1-2 teaspoons of sugar to balance it out.

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