Pasta and Meatball Soup

Pasta and Meatball Soup
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Pasta and Meatball Soup

Ian Garlick

Pasta and Meatball Soup

This chunky, hearty soup is great when you want a comforting and substantial meal.

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Ingredients

  • 8  Ounces  lean ground beef
  • 1/2  onion, grated
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  dried oregano
  • 1  Tablespoon  grated Parmesan, plus shaved for garnish
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • One 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 1/4  Cups  beef stock
  • 1  Tablespoon  tomato paste
  • 3-4 ounces conchigliette or other small pasta shapes
  • Fresh oregano leaves, for garnish

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix the beef, onion, 1/2 of the garlic, 1/2 of the oregano, and the Parmesan, and season well with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into about 20 bite-size meatballs.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Working in batches if necessary, add the meatballs and brown them all over. Transfer the meatballs to a plate when browned.

Add the remaining garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the browned meatballs, tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, and remaining oregano. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Add the pasta and simmer until tender, for 8-10 more minutes. Taste the soup and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary, then serve garnished with Parmesan and oregano.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
53mg
18%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin A, RAE
15µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
63mg
6%
Choline, total
62mg
15%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
32mg
10%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Phosphorus, P
222mg
32%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
440mg
29%
Water
194g
7%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.