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    Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup

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    Total Time:

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    1 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    1 hrs

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    This is a delicious rich soup that will need a longer cooking time then most soups and tastes even better the next day it's really a meal in itself, I serve it with garlic bread on the side --- to save some time prepare the meatballs up to a day ahead, the meatball mixture may be doubled if desired, if you don't use all the meatballs then freeze for another time and just drop them into the soup frozen -- 1/4 to 1/3 cup dry red wine may be added to the soup :)

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    MEATBALLS

    Directions:

    1. 1
      For the meatballs; in a bowl combine all ingredients until blended.
    2. 2
      Shape into 3/4-inch balls; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to add to the soup.
    3. 3
      In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add in onions, dried oregano and crushed chili flakes; saute for about 4 minutes, stirring.
    5. 5
      Add in celery, carrots and tomato paste; saute stirring for 2-3 minutes stirring with a wooden spoon.
    6. 6
      Add in chicken broth, tomato sauce, kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves and zucchini; return to a boil.
    7. 7
      Add in uncooked meatballs; bring to a simmer (do not stir for at least 20 minutes).
    8. 8
      Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours (after about 30 minutes of cooking season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste).
    9. 9
      Add in cooked pasta and 1/3 to 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; stir to heat through (can add in more cheese if desired).
    10. 10
      Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 14, 2008

      55

      My kitchen sure smells real good today. This soup is absolutely fantastic. Delicious blend of flavors. All I can say is Wow Kittencal. I love your recipes. I followed the recipe except I had about 1/2 cup frozen corn and added that, and I added a bit extra broth. The meatballs are wonderful. I made 40 meatballs with the amount of meat mixture and added them all to the soup. This is a scrumptious soup, thanks so much Kittencal. I hope you never stop posting recipes you are wonderful.

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    • on September 11, 2011

      55

      WOW!! I consider myself really good at making soup and I think this is the best soup I have ever made. My DH agrees, such depth of flavor. I sauteed the onions slowly while I peeled the carrots and celery and then added them with the onion and sauteed them. I always do this longer than recipes call for. I thought 2 hours seemed excessive to cook everything but decided who am I to argue with Kitten so I did it and wow am I glad I did it is truly amazing. I did add the green beans in the last 20 min and spinach at the very end. I doubled the recipe and used half tomato sauce and half crushed tomatoes like the recipe suggests. I wasn't sure what to use for the tomato sauce so I used Presidents Choice organic basil and tomato, it is fairly bland. Not sure most people would need to double this recipe it makes a lot but I am glad I did. Oh also used extra broth and it was still not a thin soup. Thanks so much for this recipe. LOVE IT!!!

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    • on February 05, 2010

      55

      Omitted the zucchinis and though 5star even without, it needs the liquid. Cant wait to try with zucchini! THX!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (505 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 270.4
     
    Calories from Fat 94
    35%
    Total Fat 10.5 g
    16%
    Saturated Fat 2.9 g
    14%
    Cholesterol 46.1 mg
    15%
    Sodium 1365.2 mg
    56%
    Total Carbohydrate 27.7 g
    9%
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    31%
    Sugars 12.3 g
    49%
    Protein 18.5 g
    37%

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