Meatball Alphabet Soup

Meatball Alphabet Soup
Meatball Alphabet Soup

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:

  • 1/2

    cup dried bread crumbs

  • 1/2

    cup Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 2

    tbsp onion, minced

  • 1

    garlic clove, minced

  • 2

    tbsp fresh parsley, minced

  • 2

    tsp dried basil

  • 1/2

    tsp salt

  • 1/2

    tsp pepper

  • 1

    large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1

    pound ground beef

  • For the soup:

  • 2

    tbsp olive oil

  • 1

    small onion, finely chopped

  • 1

    celery rib, finely chopped

  • 1

    garlic clove, minced

  • 5

    cups chicken stock

  • 1

    cup crushed canned tomatoes in puree

  • 1

    tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1/2

    tsp salt

  • pepper to taste

  • 1/3

    cup alphabet pasta, dry

Directions

To make the meatballs, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, herbs, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix in the egg, then add the ground beef, mixing well with your hands. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls (you should get about 4 dozen). Heat a skillet coated with cooking spray or a small amount of vegetable oil. Place the meatballs in the skillet and cook them over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, turning them often so they brown evenly, until the centers are only slightly pink. OR spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and bake until evenly browned. (If you have more meatballs then you want to use, freeze the extras after cooking and you'll have some to toss into your next pot of soup). For the soup, heat the oil in a large sauce pan or medium soup pot. Add the onion, celery, and garlic. Partially cover the pan and cook the vegetables over moderate heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and spices. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium-low heat, then add the pasta. Keep the soup at a gentle simmer until the pasta is almost cooked, then transfer the meatballs to the pot and simmer gently for 3 minutes more to finish cooking the meatballs.

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