Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium bowl combine, meat, egg,bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil& onion powder; shape into 3/4" balls.
  2. In large sauce pan, heat broth to boiling; stir in spinach, orzo, carrot& meatballs.
  3. Return to boil;reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes or until orzo is tender.
  5. Stir frequently to avoid sticking.
  6. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Most Helpful

I made this recipe yesterday for a client and it turned out yummy! So good that I am making it for my husband and myself tonight! I did make a few changes - I kind of combined two recipes where I made my own stock at the beginning by simmering chicken stock with carrots, herbs, celery and onions. And, I added fresh chopped sage and lemon juice to the meatballs and sauteed them in a dry frying pan just until they were browned to give them a more pleasing color. Then I added them to the broth with the spinach (used frozen chopped) and orzo (I just love orzo). I also added crushed tomatoes, fresh minced garlic, lemon juice and parmesan cheese at the very end and simmered for another 5 minutes or so. Made garlic parmesan toast to go along with it. I love the recipe - and am so glad I found it!

Christina1 November 14, 2001

Very good. I have also made this with italian sausage and the longer you let it simmer the better the flavor. Wonderful taste.

Auntie Jan January 13, 2002

I must give this recipe 5 stars! It is delicious! I did brown the meat balls before adding to the soup and added extra onion powder.

RecipeNut November 23, 2001