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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Minestrone Soup With a Twist.

Hi y’all!  Today was a really cool day here that I decided to make soup.  I made minestrone soup with a twist.  What is the twist, you ask?  I added some meatballs to it!  

Here are all the ingredients I used for the soup.  Actually, except for the macaronis.  I didn’t have room for them! lol  Anyway, I used:

two cans diced tomatoes, one can of garbanzo beans, one can of red kidney beans, one can of black beans, one can of green beans, some parsley, some basil leaves, a bag of matchstix carrots, celery, spinach, purple cabbage. IMG_4366

and a lot of canned beef broth.  I took the easy way out.  lol  You don’t have to use as much beef broth.  I have to make more than usual.  I’ll definitely have leftover soup for tomorrow.  :D  IMG_4367

Here are the meatballs I made. I added garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper. to the meat.  I also added two eggs, and long grain rice.  I didn’t add too much rice though.  I thought about using brown rice but I it would probably take too long to cook so I added long grain white rice.  The meatballs are not big at all.  IMG_4362

After I made the meatballs, I placed them in boiling water.  I let them boil for about an hour.  After they were ready, I placed them in a bowl until I was ready to add them to my soup.  While the meatballs were boiling, I cut all of my veggies.  Spinach, cabbage, and celery.  The carrots didn’t need any further cutting.  I bought the matchstix type.IMG_4368

I placed all the veggies in the beef broth and let it boil and then I let it simmer for a while until the cabbage and celery were a bit soft.  IMG_4369

While the veggies were in the pot simmering, I opened all of the cans of the different beans and placed them in a strainer.  I rinsed them with water and let them drain.  That way I will get rid of the salt that they contain, kwim?   Look how pretty the beans look!  Beans are soo good for us!  IMG_4375 

I also made cornbread. :)IMG_4383

I wish you could have smelled my house as all of this was simmering!   I used purple cabbage cause it has more nutrients than the green cabbage but you can use green cabbage if you’d like. :)IMG_4390

My kids got home and thought I had been cooking all day long.  hee hee   My twins love to eat soups.  They love their veggies.  My 11 yr old is another story.  *blush*  He decided to eat leftovers from yesterday. 

Well I hope you enjoyed my soup. :)



Cass @ That Old House said...

Deeee...licious! Love your time saving ideas. I confess I might have even used store bought meatballs!

Ginny said...

Ooooh, I love soup! I have never boiled meatballs. Can you tell me why you do that? I love minestrone soup too. I am part Italian and I love all the ingredients you put in it. You made my mouth water for soup. It is that time of year for sure.

Becky K. said...

That looks wonderful! I love beans...and cabbage...and carrots...and...

You boiled your meatballs. I bake mine. I've never heard of boiling them. Interesting.

See you tomorrow.

Becky K.

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Hello! I was just blog hopping and I cam across your blog. I LOVE new recipes especially those with pictures and easy peasy directions. I am storing a link of this post to my tumblr account. Can't make soups yet, its still 100 out and my house is so hot. Anyway, thanks so much for the idea.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This looks delicious!