Italian Meatball Soup

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I was looking forward to last night all week. We found out that Dennis’ brother, Dave and his lovely wife, Donna, would be coming to town for a conference for a business they have recently become involved in. Dave and Donna own a franchise in their hometown of Sugar Land, Texas called The Diet Doc. Donna is the face of the business, while Dave is “behind the scenes”.  They help people learn how to eat and live a healthier life. It is really very interesting to hear all Donna learned about at the conference this weekend. I am always interested in hearing how to live healthy, so enjoyed our conversation immensely. Dave is a physician and Donna owns a med spa called You Only Younger. This is just another something to keep them even busier. I honestly don’t know how Donna keeps up with all she does. They have three wonderful kids. My nephew, Zack, and nieces, Sydney and Kendall are all in college and keep super busy too. Zack is a full-time student and also works a full time job. Sydney enjoys college and is really enjoying her sorority. Kendall is a freshman in college and plays on the club soccer team. They are a busy family of 5!

For those of you interested in visiting Donna’s Facebook page, here is the link. http://www.Facebook.com/thedietdocsugarland.  Her website will also be up and running soon. I’m sure Donna will let everyone know, through her Facebook page, when the website is up. I highly recommend visiting her page. It’s very interesting and she is full of great ideas as far as meal prep, etc. Donna is super supportive of her clients and is very genuine and caring. She wants the best for those she’s helping. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Our sister-in-law, Kelly, works with Donna and they have a lot of fun together coming up with Kelly’s plans for the week and I know they enjoy chatting on the phone about their progress each week.

I decided I’d make an Italian meatball soup for our dinner together and serve it with my ciabatta rosemary garlic bread and an arugula salad with cranberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. Yum! Everything was a hit, I’m so glad they enjoyed the food. We finished it off with a batch of Ina Garten’s homemade blondies. Oh my goodness, Ina is a genius. They were fabulous!

For my soup, I started by making my meatballs. I wanted to make a large batch so I’d have plenty of leftovers. I prefer ground turkey, so that’s the meat I chose. I added grated white onion, minced garlic, minced parsley, breadcrumbs, eggs, dried oregano, Italian seasoning, kosher salt and pepper.

I baked the meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. I set them aside and started to put the soup together.

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For the soup, I used a half an onion, carrots, celery olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh spinach, a can of diced tomatoes, white cannellini beans, low sodium chicken broth and pinot Grigio.

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Ingredients for the meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 white onion, grated
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions for meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place everything in a large glass bowl and mix together lightly with a fork. Using a cookie scoop, form the meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.

Ingredients for soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 15-1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 15-1/2 ounce cans white beans (cannellini)
  • 3 cartons (12 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Sauté vegetables for about 10 minutes. Add wine and scrape up brown bits. Add stock, tomatoes, beans, cooked meatballs and spinach. Simmer on medium-low for 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

2 thoughts on “Italian Meatball Soup”

  1. That looks really good! Will have to try it. Btw, just made a batch of meatballs baked very similarly (but I used lean grass-fed beef). I make a batch and freeze them. My son is on a pasta kick, so I warm them up with pasta and put it in a thermos for his lunch. So spoiled!

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