Great Tastes of Manitoba

Hearty Meatball Soup

| Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb (750 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/4 lb (250 g) Italian mild pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) EACH Italian seasoning, salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2-(900 mL) tetre packs no-sodium-added chicken broth
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cans navy beans (540 mL/19 fl oz)
  • 4 cups (1 L) baby spinach
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water

Directions

Meatballs:

  1. Remove sausage casing from pork.
  2. Combine ground meats together with breadcrumbs, onion, seasoning, 1 tsp (5 mL) salt, garlic and egg.
  3. Form meatballs into bite size balls, place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 8 minutes until browned.

Soup:

  1. Meanwhile, in a stock pot over medium heat add water, stock, peppers; bring to a simmer.
  2. Add baked meatballs and beans and simmer for 10 minutes or until meatballs are well done 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).
  3. Remove from heat; add spinach, remaining salt and pepper.
  4. Serve once spinach in bright green and wilted.

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