January 16, 2006

Some Soup to Warm You Up

Here is a great little soup that takes no time to make and goes perfect on a cold and windy day. There are many versions of this soup. Add whatever veggies you like and serve with some buttery French bread...

Italian Wedding Soup

1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons minced onion
5 cups low fat, low sodium chicken broth
1 cup spinach - packed, rinsed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup seashell pasta
1/2 cup diced carrots

1. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, basil and onion. Shape mixture into 3/4-inch balls and set aside.
2. In a large stockpot heat chicken broth to boiling; stir in the spinach, pasta, carrot and meatballs. Return to boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, at a slow boil for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente, and meatballs are no longer pink inside. Serve hot with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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