Yanka's Ukrainian Meatball-Spinach Soup

An old family recipe, this spinach soup comes from the Ukraine, and Mann recommends that you serve it with warm, crusty French bread.


Makes 2 1/2 quarts; 4 to 6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 594
Caloriesfromfat 39 %
Protein 41 g
Fat 26 g
Satfat 10 g
Carbohydrate 47 g
Fiber 7.5 g
Sodium 583 mg
Cholesterol 191 mg


2 large eggs
2/3 cup long-grain white rice
1 pound ground lean beef or ground lean turkey (or 1/2 of each)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
About 1/4 teaspoon salt
About 1/8 teaspoon pepper
About 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken broth
3 quarts spinach leaves (about 1 lb.), rinsed and drained


1. In a bowl, beat 1 egg to blend. Add rice, beef, onion, lemon peel, lemon juice, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; mix well.

2. Put flour on a rimmed plate. Shape meat mixture into 1-inch balls, rolling each in flour as formed; shake off excess. Set balls slightly apart on a sheet of waxed paper.

3. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Add meatballs, reduce heat, and simmer just until no longer pink in the center (cut to test), about 15 minutes.

4. Add spinach leaves and stir gently until wilted, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, beat with a fork remaining egg to blend. Pour into soup, stirring. Ladle soup into wide bowls. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Gloria Mann, Los Angeles, California,


March 2001
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