Sorta Sledding and Meatball Soup

Sorta Sledding and Meatball Soup

The snow wasn’t exactly the best for sledding but it was fun to try anyway.  Davis spent some time outside today and I joined him with the dog. Most of his friends live in other neighborhoods.  He was a lone wolf today.

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We came inside for a friendly game of Risk.  Davis achieved world domination in no time flat.

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Lunch  was a hearty bean and meatball soup that doesn’t call for a cup of butter (Dorothy) or a bunch of calories (Dorothy).  🙂   It is a Publix Aprons Simple Meals.  My mom made a few adjustments to the recipe and I will list it as she made it.

 

Meatball Soup with Spinach

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1  +  1 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon oil

1/4 cup diced onions

1/4 cup chopped celery

3 cups fresh spinach leaves

2 cans cannellini beans, drained

1  32-ounce box chicken stock

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until blended.  Shape into 1 inch meatballs (about 25).  Preheat a large stockpot on medium-high.  Place oil in pan and add meatballs.  Cook and turn 6-8 minutes until browned.  Remove meatballs from pan and set aside.  Add onions,celery and garlic to pan and cook and stir 2-3 minutes until onions soften.  Add spinach, cook 2-3 minutes or until spinach begins to wilt.  Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in beans, stock, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, meatballs and remaining salt and pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

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