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. —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


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 bunch collard greens, chopped (8 cups)
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped (8 cups)
  • 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: 202 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 583mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat 1 vegetabl


  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

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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"I've made this repeatedly, substituting ground turkey for ground beef. Easy to make, and everyone loves it."

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."

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."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Just loved this delicious soup! The meatballs are delicious!"

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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