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Kid Friendly Mini Meatball Soup

Kid Friendly Mini Meatball Soup

While I will miss the warm summer days, I do enjoy Fall. Turning leaves, pumpkin everything and SOUP. I’m not sure why I don’t make soup more often during the summer but I don’t. I love this recipe for meatball soup. Even though I say it is “Kid Friendly”, it is really “everyone friendly”. The whole family loves it and I can’t wait to make it again!

What is it about soup that makes us feel safe? Whenever I am feeling anxious, I crave soup.

Maybe, for me, it is because my Granny made soup so often and my grandparents house was always a safe place.

Maybe it is the warmth? Maybe it is that it feels nourishing…maybe to our soul as well as our body? I truly couldn’t tell you but I know that it does make me feel safe and warm. And in these times, I’ll take it. Pass the soup!

Plus, soup makes for great leftovers to take to work or school!

Kid Friendly Meatball Soup

So tell me…what are your favourite soups? Do you prefer making them on the stove top or in the crockpot? Share in the comments!

Kid Friendly Mini Meatball Soup

Kid Friendly Mini Meatball Soup

Kid Friendly Mini Meatball Soup

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A very kid friendly soup!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced fine
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers, ~9 crackers
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups fusilli pasta
  • 3 - 4 cups baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot and bay leaves to the pot.
  3. Cover and cook for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.
  5. While soup is coming to a boil, mix together meat, crackers, cheese, nutmeg and egg.
  6. Once broth has come to a boil, decrease heat to bring it from a boil to a simmer.
  7. Roll meat mixture into mini meatballs and drop in to the broth.
  8. Add pasta to the soup and increase the heat.
  9. Boil for approximately 10 minutes or until pasta and meatballs are done.
  10. Stir baby spinach in to the soup and cook until wilted.
  11. Taste soup and add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 25g

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Dawn McAlexander

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

So tell me, is that soup adult friendly, too? Because I really would like some right now. ;)

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

It totally is!

Tatanisha Worthey

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Yes, fall is coming, and I can't wait! This looks delicious and great for a chilly fall or winter night! Thank you for the kid-friendly recipe idea (going to run this by the kids)!

Kathleen

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

I love soup but I've never had meatball soup. I wonder if my kids would like this? I'll have to try it this fall and see how it goes, thanks!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

My son loves it.

Chelley @ A is For Adelaide

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

This looks amazing! MY kids LOVE meatballs, so I know this will be a hit all Fall long!

Rhonda @ ithinkicancan.blogspot.com

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

This was very good!!! Thanks for the recipe. I thought I had spinach on hand, but didn't, but it was still very tasty-would of been 'PRETTIER' with the spinach in it tho :)

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