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Meatball Minestrone Recipe

Meatball Minestrone Recipe

Just thinking about this soup simmering on the stove gets me hungry! The homemade meatballs are so tasty. —Esther Perea, Van Nuys, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) kidney beans with liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, crumbs, salt and pepper. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. In large saucepan, brown meatballs on all sides until no longer pink. Drain. Add remaining ingredients except macaroni and parsley; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add macaroni; simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 210 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 706 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein.