Sicilian Meatball Soup
Flavored with Parmesan and garlic and studded with raisins, scrumptious Sicilian meatballs turn vegetable soup into a tempting meal. If the soup waits, the pasta may absorb much of the liquid; just add water or more stock.
Active Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes"Absolutely delicious! I love cooking with fresh ingredients with very little leeway for prepared foods (ie. frozen meatballs or commercial spaghetti sauce, which are awful) It adds authenticity for only a smidgen of extra effort. Mangia!" - Firebyrd
Yield: 4 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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|1/2 poundground beef|
|5 tablespoonitalian parsley; chopped|
|1/4 cupParmesan; grated plus more for serving|
|2 tablespoondry bread crumbs|
|1 egg, beaten|
|5 clovesgarlic; minced|
|2 1/2 teaspoonsalt|
|1/2 teaspoonblack pepper|
|2 tablespoonolive oil|
|2 carrots; cut into 1/4-inch dice|
|1 onion; chopped|
|2 ribsCelery; cut into 1/4-inch dice|
|1 zucchini; cut into 1/4-inch dice|
|1 1/2 quartchicken broth; or homemade stock|
|1 cupcanned crushed tomatoes; in thick puree|
|1/2 teaspoondried rosemary; or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary|
|1 cupsmall pasta shells|
Sicilian Meatball Soup Preparation
In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, 4 tablespoons of the parsley, the Parmesan, raisins, bread crumbs, egg, half of the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper until thoroughly combined. Shape the mixture into 24 meatballs.
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the carrots, onion, celery, and the remaining garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, rosemary, and the remaining 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining tablespoon parsley, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the pasta to the soup. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the meatballs and simmer gently until the meatballs and pasta are done, about 5 minutes longer. Serve with additional Parmesan.
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