*Italian wedding soup

Caution girls, careful of what phase you are in. though meatballs could be made from gr. turkey or left out and add more onions, beans, spinach.

as far as the cheese...use at your own discretion...and REVISE to whatever else you know you can handle!! Winky

it is yummy!!

Quickie italian wedding soup

bag of spinach...
1 tsp. olive oil.. i used more
1 medium onion chopped
8/10 baby carrots chopped
2 stalks celery..chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp italian seasoning blend.
2 cups water
2 cans (14oz) fat free chic broth
1 package (1 pound) frozen italian style meatballs. i use armour...about 30 balls. that i baked first...then added..
1 can (15 oz) cannelellini beans..white kidney beans
3 tablespoons shredded parmesan *cheese (or alternative),
1 large egg

Heat the oil, on medium in a dutch oven or soup pot. add the onion, add the carrots, add the celery to the pot.

Add the garlic and italian seasoning. stir and cook until the onion is tender, a few minutes. (i sliced my onions thin, i like lotsa' onions.

add the water and broth/ Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the spinach, and the meatballs. stir to mix well. bring back to a boil.

Drain and rinse the beans. add them to the pot. (i added last, you know how they break up) reduce heat to medium, maintaining a slow boil, and cook till meatballs are heated thru.

meanwhile in a bowl, combine cheese, salt, pepper and egg. Stir vigorously with a fork or wisk till egg and cheese are thoroughly mixed.

When the meatballs are heated through, reduce heat to low and slowly drizzle the egg mixture over the soup. stirring constantly.

stir and cook for about 2/3 min. till egg is incorporated and soup begins to thicken slightly.

it's really good and so easy to make..(though it's still too hot to enjoy soup down here in Fla. HA..i had to add that to rub it in to sandi just a bit...hehehehe kiss

jan Cool
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I made this last night for the fam, and it was really yummy. Everybody loved it. I made my own meatballs and didn't use the parmesan. I don't know what this phase (phase I, II?) stuff is yet, I just started the diet a couple days ago. It's been hard for me to find something completely satisfying. This soup was it. Thank you Jan.
Sifting through all my copies of recipes, I came across this one that I've been meaning to try for 2 years. Since it's cold up here in MN, I thought this might be satisfying.

Oh Boy, was this good. Not sure if it's real good food combining, since I have a little tummy ache now, but it sure hit the spot at dinner.

When I cook, my husband gets scared! I don't always follow the recipe. Let's face it, can we ever!?! So he was not certain that he wanted to try this. And it didn't really look like the soup he usually eats. But my oooing and ahhing got the best of him, and he had 2 helpings!

I didn't make my own meatballs, because I just didn't have the time, but I might do that next time. And I did use the Parmesan cheese, But next time I will probably set it on the table for everyone to sprinkle on themselves. I also added a tablespoon of vinegar which I do to all my soups to jazz up the flavor a little.

All in all, it was just what we needed on a cold winter night.

Jan, I know you don't come on too often anymore, but thanks for this recipe!


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