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Italian Meatball Soup

I love to meal prep on the weekends for the upcoming week. After working 10 hour days, I don't want to come home and figure out what I'm going to make for lunch the next day. So on Sunday, I spend most of the day meal prepping.
   This week, I made Italian Meatball Soup, this soup was simple that I will definitely be making this over and over again.

Ingredients: 
   My family and I have a secret Meatball recipe that we don't give out. I made those meatballs for my recipe, but I will give the meatball recipe the original recipe calls for. 

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking spray
Instructions for Meatballs:
  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Place all the meatballs ingredients in a large bowl. Stir with a large spoon or use your hands to combine all the ingredients. You can add a few teaspoons of water if needed to make the process easier.
  3. Shake the meat mixture into smalls (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch to size). Place on a sheet pan lined with cooking spray. Coat the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray.
  4. Broil for 8-10 minutes until meatballs are lightly browned. 
For the Soup:
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion- Finely Diced
  • 2 stalks celery ( I used 3)- sliced
  • 2 Carrots Peeled and diced ( I used baby carrots and estimated how much 2 carrots would be)
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes (I couldn't find 15 oz, so I used 15 oz of Diced Tomatoes)- Do Not Drain
  • 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6 cups beef broth (I used 50% less sodium broth)
  • 1 Teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning (I just kind of sprinkled, probably did a lot more than 1 teaspoon)
  • Pepper and salt to taste (I didn't use Salt, since broth will be salty enough)
  • 3/4 cup dry short pasta (Ditalini)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped (I used dried parsley- probably 1 teaspoon)
  • Parmesan Cheese for Serving (I sprinkled a little Mozzarella Cheese on top)
Instructions for Soup:
  1. Heat Olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots.
  2. Cook the vegetables for 4-5 minutes. Add the Crushed (or diced) tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef brother, Italian seasoning, salt and pper.
  3. Bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs and pasta to the soup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta and vegetables are tender (I simmered for 15 minutes)
  4. I had a couple of cups of fresh spinach leftover from a different meal & so I added fresh spinach as well, let the spinach Whittle away only takes a couple of minutes. Add the spinach after your soup is completely cooked. 
  5. Top with Parsley. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired. 
Original Recipe from: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/meatball-soup/
   Moderation made by me.

Secret Meatball Recipe, I know they don't look special, but they are delicious!

Soup is cooking

Putting in containers for Lunch for the week

Topped it off with my Mozzarella cheese

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