Couscous Meatball Soup Recipe
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Couscous Meatball Soup Recipe

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This soup is easy, healthy, full of flavor and great for a cold day. It's perfect with fresh crusty bread. &mdash:Jonathan Pace, San Francisco, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 8 cups chopped collard greens
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) pearl (Israeli) couscous

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 202 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 583 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the beef, basil, oregano and salt. Shape into 1/2-in. balls. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs; drain. Remove meatballs and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, brown onion in oil. Add greens and kale; cook 6-7 minutes longer or until wilted.
  3. In a Dutch oven, combine the greens mixture, meatballs, stock, vinegar, pepper flakes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Return to a boil. Stir in couscous. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until couscous is tender, stirring once. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Couscous Meatball Soup in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p16

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 202 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 583 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

I really liked this recipe. It was also a favorite of my mom who loves her veggies. I used Acini de Pepe instead of Coucous, since that's all I had and I doctored the meatballs a bit and added a few extra spices. Even though this recipe seemed very basic, it came out quite good.

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

This soup was sooo tasty and easy to prepare! My whole family (including my three and four year olds) enjoyed this yummy soup. Very healthy, too.

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Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

Just loved this delicious soup! The meatballs are delicious!

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

Made this soup for dinner tonight and my 5 and 7 year old boys loved it! It is a great way to sneak in some yummy, healthy greens. I used beef stock instead of vegetable stock and the flavor was fantastic.

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

This is my new, favourite recipe. I could not find the couscous, so I added 2 cups cooked barley instead. I recommend making the meatballs as is (they were very good and had a distinct flavour), rather than substituting other meatballs. Excellent! Thanks for a great recipe!!

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