Italian Meatball Soup

Italian Pork Meatball Soup
Serves 4-6

1 pkg frozen fully-cooked Italian Pork Meatballs
4 cups chicken broth
3 Tbsp tomato paste (from tube)
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
3 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 ribs celery. sliced lengthwise, and chopped
1/2 green Bell pepper, diced
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. Stir vegetables, broth, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning together in a large skillet over medium high heat
2. Bring to a slow simmer, and add the frozen meatballs
3. Bring the broth to a slow boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the meatballs are heated through, about 25 minutes
4. Ladle into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Lea Mixing_sml.pngA meatball is a mini-meatloaf; ground meat rolled into a small, medium or large ball, sometimes combined with other ingredients, such as ground sausage, bread crumbs, minced onion, eggs, butter, and seasoning. There are many types of meatballs using different types of meats and spices. For this soup, we think the frozen fully-cooked Italian Pork Meatballs from your local grocer are an excellent flavor combination with this soup base. And, it’s convenient to have a package in the freezer on those days you need to throw together a hearty soup.