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    Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

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    1 hrs

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Nancy's Pantry's Note:

    This is a beautifully fragrant and delicious soup from Southern Living. Orzo pasta is such a wonderful addition to any soup.

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    1. 1
      Combine first 4 ingredients, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoons rosemary in a medium bowl. Shape into 30 (1-inch) meatballs (about 1 level tablespoons each).
    2. 2
      Saute meatballs, in two batches, in 1 tablespoons hot oil per batch in a dutch oven over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon.
    3. 3
      Saute onion and next 2 ingredients in remaining 1 tablespoons hot oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth, lemon juice,and remaining 2 teaspoons zest and 1/2 teaspoons rosemary. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add orzo. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, 7 - 9 minutes or until pasta is almost tender.
    4. 4
      Stir in meatballs; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese and parsley.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 29, 2013


      A lovely soup. I could not find any rosemary (I'm sure I'll find it tomorrow!), so used fresh dill, adding some to the meatballs and the rest at the end of cooking. I made half the meatballs and just 1 quart of the soup - this was two servings for us. The lemon added a bright touch to both.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (3094 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 745.1
    Calories from Fat 314
    Total Fat 34.9 g
    Saturated Fat 8.6 g
    Cholesterol 199.3 mg
    Sodium 3126.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    Sugars 9.0 g
    Protein 53.0 g

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