Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup

"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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Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup created by frostingnfettuccine
Ready In:
1hr 40mins
Ingredients:
25
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

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

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  1. Traveler
    I guess I am in the minority on this one. It was OK but not great. It is very thick, more like a stew. After two hours simmering on the stove, the carrots and celery were still hard. The meatballs tasted kind of bland. If I were to do it again, I would brown the meatballs first. I think I prefer a traditional minestrone to this.
     
  2. frostingnfettuccine
    Kittencal does it again! I used to not be a huge fan of minestrone soup but this recipe has converted me over. It smells soooo good when its cooking, and I love that its thick and not thin like many other soups I have had. Having these leftovers again tonight for dinner and cant wait!
     
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    Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup Created by frostingnfettuccine
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    Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup Created by frostingnfettuccine
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    Kittencal's Mini Meatball Minestrone Soup Created by frostingnfettuccine

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