Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday..."M" as in Meatballs

It's time again for Ms. Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday and this week we are studying the letter "M" as in MEATBALL MINESTRONE Soup.

I know I've posted this recipe before, but it's so quick and easy and one of my favorites when the weather gets cold. Some years back I was sitting under a hair dryer when I spotted this recipe in a magazine and quickly jotted it down on a piece of scrap paper. I no longer remember what magazine I was reading at the time, but this soup has become very popular with the entire family (except for Keith who hates beans).

Here's a picture of the soup, but it doesn't look too good because I took the picture when the soup was ice cold. As usual I had forgotten to take a picture and had to get the leftovers out of the refrigerator for this shot.

Meatball Minestrone

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. olive oil
3 (15 oz.) cans Cannellini beans, undrained,divided
1 (32 oz.) box chicken broth
1 (1.4 oz) package vegetable soup mix (I useKnorr vegetable soup mix.)
60-64 frozen cooked meatballs (I use Italianmeatballs)
1 (14 ½ oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil,garlic, oregano
½ t. dried, crushed red pepper
8 oz. Uncooked rotini pasta
1 (10 oz.) bag, fresh spinach, torn
Garnishes: Parmesan cheese, chopped freshparsley

Saute garlic in hot oil in stock pot overmedium high heat one minute; stir in two cans beans and chicken broth. Bring toboil.

Stir in vegetable soup mix until dissolved. Addmeatballs, tomatoes, and red pepper. Return to boil. Add rotini and cook,stirring often for 15 minutes.

Stir in remaining can of beans and spinach.Cook five more minutes. Garnish if desired. Yield: 4 quarts; Prep: 10 minutes;Cook: 30 minutes

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog so you can visit some more Alphabe-Thursday posts.


  1. Sounds easy & delicious~ or should I say Mmmm Mmmm good :)

  2. Anonymous5:24 PM

    If only I weren't a vegetarian. I love soups.

  3. I'm a soup lover too. This sounds so good right now. It's raining heavily and the fire is going. If only someone would serve me some soup.

  4. Betty not only does it look good - I think it looks pretty healthy. Looks great. sandie

  5. Comfort food...mmmmm :)

  6. I love pasta. This one sounds good thanks for sharing the recipe.


  7. I've never seen a soup like that before! It looks good!

  8. This sounds like a wonderfully hearty winter soup.

  9. Hello.
    I love soup & my wife makes it often. I still find the photo wife would probably make the meatballs with a combination of pork, turkey or chicken...she doesn't eat beef. Could do with a bowl of hot, steaming soup right now, it's freezing!
    Nice presentation.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Midnight Rainbow

  10. A good hearty bowl of hot soup is so wonderful in the cold weather! I think we have made a similar version of this! Thank you for sharing. We just need some warm crusty bread and melted butter! Yum!

  11. Minestrone is a fave around here, and with meatballs, even better! Thanks for sharing. It looks like it must be tried soon!

  12. Soup and Meatballs, great M word.

  13. I love meatballs! I will have to give this recipe a try. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  14. yuMMMMM...nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night!

  15. YUM!!! Makes me want to go make some!! :)

  16. I am FREEZING today and this sounds so good! - Hot of course, not cold like in your picture! ;)

  17. looks delicious to me...thanks for sharing the recipe. have a great weekend ahead!

  18. We love soup, and this is definitely worth trying!!!

  19. This soup looks and sounds absolutely Magnificent...

    There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold, rainy day....

    Thanks for sharing this Marvelous recipe with us again for the letter "M"... It was a wonderful reminder to help us Make such a hearty soup!

    Great post.


  20. This looks very good and so easy and convieninet to make, Betty. I very often make mini turkey meat meatballs to include in my soups. It make them a satisfying meal.


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