Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pinterest WIN: Mini Chicken Meatball Soup

This was super delicious on this snowy day!
Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com
Mini Chicken Meatball Soup
[meatballs adapted from bite sized baked meatballs]
serves 4-6
for meatballs
1 pound ground chicken breast
1 large egg
1/4 cup romano cheese
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 (I used ditalini rigati)
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.
Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup I howsweeteats.com

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