Chicken Meatball Soup

by Kelly on October 10, 2012

 

Last soup to add for now! This was this week’s soup for lunch…my picture doesn’t show much liquid, and I added more pasta than the recipe, but it was very tasty!

Chicken Meatball Soup

(How Sweet Eats)

for meatballs

1 pound ground chicken breast (I used turkey because they were sold out of chicken)

1 large egg

1/4 cup romano cheese (I used parmesan because I had it on hand)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until just combined. Taking 1 tablespoon or so of the mixture, roll into meatballs of desired size.

for soup

2 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil

1 sweet onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

4 cups raw spinach

32 ounces low-sodium chicken stock

4 cups water

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups small pasta, like ditalini (I used more like 2.5 cups)

Directions

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add onion with a pinch of salt and stir to coat, then let cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in spinach and garlic, stirring continuously until spinach wilts. Remove from the pot and set aside in a bowl.

With the heat still on medium, add remaining canola oil. Add in chicken meatballs and cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes more. (If you make larger meatballs, you will have to cook a few minutes longer. Additionally I found it was easier to flip the meatballs with two small spoons since they are all crowded together in the pot.) Once meatballs are browned, add onion and spinach mixture back to the pot, then add in stock, water and tomatoes. Stir gently making sure meatballs have started to float. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes. Add in pasta and parmesan cheese, then cook for 8-10 minutes more before serving.

Serve with additional parm. Mmm.

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