Monday, April 14, 2014

The Soup Project--Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup

2 slices white bread, torn into quarters
1/2 cup whole milk
1 pound meatloaf mix
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated, plus more for serving
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 large egg yolk
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
Salt and pepper
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces kale, stemmed and cut into 1/4 inch strips
6 ounces orzo (about 1 cup)

1. Mash bread and milk into a paste in a large bowl.  Mix in meatloaf mix, Parmesan, parsley, egg yolk, 3 garlic cloves, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and
1/2 teaspoon pepper.  Pinch off and roll mixture into tablespoon sized meatballs (about 30).  Microwave meatballs on a large plate until fat renders and meatballs are firm (about 3 - 5 minutes).  Pour off fat and transfer to slow cooker. 

2.  Microwave onions, remaining 3 cloves of garlic, oil, and red pepper flakes in a bowl, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.

3.  Add broth to slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours until meatballs are tender. 

4.  Stir in kale and orzo and cook on high 30-45 minutes until kale and orzo are tender.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with additional Parmesan and olive oil.

So good. I serve it with buttered and toasted sourdough bread.


Hattie said...

Question: Is the meatloaf mix ground beef, pork and veal? I can't get ground veal in Hilo.

Rambling Woods said...

My husband would like this very much

Florence said...

Hi Hattie! How are you enjoying your time in Phoenix? I usually use just a pound of HB but a mix of pork and HB is good too. I also add a tiny bit of basil and oregano to both the soup and the meatball mix and for good measure, I throw in a bay leaf. I think it is even better as leftovers the next day.

Florence said...

Hi Michelle! How is your husband recovering from his accident? I hope he enjoys the soup. I make a couple of additions to the soup as I mentioned to Hattie in the comment above. Let me know how it turns out for you.