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Couscous Meatball Soup

This soup will warm you up and takes just 25 minutes of prep time, making it a perfect weeknight meal. —Jonathan Pace, San Francisco, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the beef, basil, oregano and salt. Shape into 1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, brown meatballs; drain. Remove meatballs and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, brown onion in oil. Add greens and kale; cook 6-7 minutes longer or until wilted.
  • 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, stirring once, until couscous is tender, 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition 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 vegetable.

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  • Shanon
    Dec 2, 2019

    I loved the idea of all those greens and meatballs, but the broth was very, very bland. After browning and simmering the meatballs for so long, they were dry too.

  • lesley51765
    Mar 16, 2018

    I was hoping by the good reviews we would love this recipe but my family did not enjoy the taste at all.

  • willow28
    Jan 25, 2016

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

  • veelbe
    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.

  • jesslucas75
    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.

  • mehalv
    Jan 8, 2013

    Just loved this delicious soup! The meatballs are delicious!

  • dcraver
    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.

  • celestie4
    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!!

  • celestie4
    Dec 3, 2012

    This is my new, favourite recipe. I was worried the greens might be overpowering, but they were great! 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!!