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Soup is on... Meatball Minestrone

by Pat Maley
January 31, 2019

Quite a few years ago I took an adult Ed class with my friend Debbie. The soups and stews class was supposed to be a night out for us to socialize and just have fun. It was that but it also provided the foundation for my recipe box. Many years later I still rely on the meatbal minestrone recipe when someone needs a pot of soup to comfort or congratulate.

I make double the recipe for meatballs and freeze half. When a quick meal is necessary I can grab those meatballs and have dinner done in less than 15 minutes. This really is a hearty soup . When I know this is on the menu I throw in a loaf of bread in the bread machine or pick up a really great loaf at the market. 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Pound lean ground beef

2 links sweet italian sausage (skin removed)

2 Tablespoons italian breadcrumbs

1Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

!/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 egg

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup sliced carrots (I use way more)

1 teaspoon italian seasoning (I have been using 1 Tablespoon since I transferred the recipe incorrectly to a book and I like it this way)

3 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth lightens the flavor a bit)

16 oz. can or 2 cups diced tomatoes, undrained 

1 cup of rotini, uncooked

1 small zucchini sliced

grated cheese for garnish

Mix beef, sausage, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, and egg. Form into 2 inch meatballs. Heat some olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onion and garlic and cook meatballs until they are browned. Add carrots, italian seasoning, broth, tomatoes, and rotini. Cook, uncovered for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Add zucchini. Heat an additional 10 minutes. Serve with grated cheese.

 

 

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Comments (3)

My secret is out John. Its true that the photo isn't a correct depiction of the recipe. I am having an issue attaching photos to my articles. To me they appear ok but when the publishers see them they are not. Often times in order to complete the publishing process they will add a stock photo that is close. Good eye!

- Patricia Maley | 2/5/19 11:06 AM

Looks yummy. Perfect weather for soup. Will be trying very soon. Jackie

- Jackie Dellicker | 2/2/19 10:37 AM

Pat, the finished soup picture does not match the ingredients, but either picture looks delicious to me, and I am going to make some of the recipe. Thanks for helping to keep "Holliston Reporter" alive. I love soups.

- JohnLosch | 2/1/19 10:55 PM

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