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    Spring Minestrone With Chicken Meatballs

    Spring Minestrone With Chicken Meatballs. Photo by Cooks4_6

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    Total Time:

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    45 mins

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    breezermom's Note:

    Although this recipe calls for carrots and baby spinach, feel free to chop up a bit of whatever fresh vegetable you have to throw into this soup. I've used zucchini, a bit of eggplant....just whatever I have a bit extra of. From Bon Appetit magazine.

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Mix the chicken, breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp Parmesan, 2 minced garlic cloves, chives, egg, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper in a medium bowl. Form into 1/2 inch diameter meatballs. (Should make about 28).
    2. 2
      Heat oil in a small pot over medium heat. Cook the meatballs until golden all over about 3 minutes. They will finish cooking in the soup. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
    3. 3
      Add leek to a pot and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves; cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Add the ditalini and carrots; simmer until pasta is almost al dente, about 8 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the meatballs; simmer until the pasta is al dente, carrots are tender, and meatballs are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and 3 tbsp Parmesan; stir until the spinach is wilted and the Parmesan is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. 5
      Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped basil and Parmesan.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 08, 2013

      55

      I really enjoyed this recipe, and used orzo I had on hand instead of the small pasta the recipe calls for. I also used leftover turkey meatballs I had instead of making the ones listed, and am sure the soup is even more fantastic following the recipe for the meatball portion.

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    • on August 18, 2014

      55

      Really outstanding soup that is actually pretty easy to make. Although it is not Spring here, it still was an enjoyable summer soup. The meatballs are not too dense and the soup had a very light feel to it. I will definitely be making this again. Made for Culinary Quest 2014.

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    Nutritional Facts for Spring Minestrone With Chicken Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (588 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 377.9
     
    Calories from Fat 148
    39%
    Total Fat 16.5 g
    25%
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    21%
    Cholesterol 89.2 mg
    29%
    Sodium 820.3 mg
    34%
    Total Carbohydrate 36.0 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    11%
    Sugars 4.3 g
    17%
    Protein 23.2 g
    46%

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