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Mini Meatball Minestrone

Don't take this soup lightly. Packed with mini meatballs, lettuce, tomatoes and chickpeas this hearty bowl of soup will not dissapoint your taste buds.

Oxmoor House SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup soup and about 4 meatballs)
  • Hands-on:25 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Soup:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 3/4 cup (1/2-inch) sliced carrot
  • 3/4 cup (1/2-inch) sliced celery
  • 3/4 cup (1/2-inch) cubed parsnip
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chopped Swiss chard
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (32-ounce) container lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • Mini meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 ounce grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation

1. To prepare soup, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chard; sauté 1 minute or until wilted. Stir in wine and next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes). Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. To prepare meatballs, combine turkey and next 6 ingredients (through egg) in a bowl. Shape meat mixture by tablespoonfuls into 30 meatballs. Add meatballs and chickpeas to soup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook 12 minutes or until meatballs are done. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup basil.

3. Ladle soup into bowls, and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Tip: If your family loves this recipe as much as ours does, make a double batch on the weekend, and use it all week long.

Kids Can Help: With clean hands, kids can help make the meatballs.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 249
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 11.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 16.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 18.4g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 614mg
  • Calcium: 93mg
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