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Italian Wedding Soup


Meatballs in soup with spinach and small pasta.
An easy Italian inspired soup with nutritious vegetables perfect for a celebration or a cold winter night.

The Benefits

Spinach: This leafy green may promote eye health, decrease oxidative stress, help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin A, C & K - Folate - Iron - Potassium

Beef: This source of protein may help improve muscle mass, support brain function and if eaten in moderation, heart health.

Vitamin B6 & B12 - Iron - Phosphorus - Zinc

Carrot: This flavorful root may improve vision, keep blood sugar level under control and help regulate blood pressure within the body.

Vitamin A, C & K - Calcium - Fiber - Iron - Potassium

Garlic: This delicious addition to any dish has antibiotic properties which may boost immunity, and prevent the onset of dementia.

Manganese - Vitamins B6 & C - Selenium

Olive Oil: This green oil is filled with healthy-fats and antioxidants that may improve heart health, lower the risk of stroke, fight inflammation, help prevent cancer and boost brain health.

Vitamins A, E, K - Iron - Calcium - Magnesium


The Recipe

Ingredients:

The Meatballs

8 oz ground pork

8 oz ground lean beef

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

2 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 egg

salt & pepper

1 tbsp olive oil


The Soup

1 tbsp olive oil

2 large carrots, diced

1 med. onion, diced

2 celery stalks, sliced

4 garlic cloves, minced

salt & pepper

16 oz stock, chicken or vegetable

16 oz water

1 cup acini de pepe or orzo, sub. any small pasta

6 - 8 oz spinach, losely chopped


Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, gently combine pork, beef, bread crumbs, fresh parsley, oregano, garlic powder, egg, salt, pepper and olive oil. Form small bite size meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until slightly browned.

2) Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté carrots, onion and celery for 5-7 minutes until onion is translucent and carrots have become slightly soft. Add garlic, salt and pepper and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add in your stock of choice and water, bring to a boil then drop to medium-low heat until meatballs have finished baking in the oven. Add meatballs and pasta of choice to soup. Bring back to medium-high heat.

3) Once the pasta has finished cooking to package instructions, ladle soup into bowl and top with a desirable amount of parmesan. Enjoy!


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