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Meatball Minestrone Recipe

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Ginny Larkin


1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach (thawed & squeezed)
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 egg
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 c. fine dry bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
2 tblw oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 lb. can peeled tomatoes
1 lb. kidney beans
beef broth (7 or 8 cups)
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1 c. sliced celery
1 c. sliced carrots
1/2 lb. rotini pasta, cooked
grated Parmesan cheese

Mix together the spinach, beef, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and make small (cocktail size) meatballs. Broil in a broiling pan, turning a few times.

In a separate pan, cook onion in oil until limp (the onions, not the cook!). Add beef broth, tomatoes, and beans with the liquid from the cans. Squish the tomatoes with your hands. Add oregano and basil. Add the meatballs. Simmer for 10 minutes. Cover during cooking. Add the vegetables and cook for another 15 minutes.

Add the pasta just before serving. Serve with the Parmesan cheese.

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Personal Notes:
This was served at a GroupAmerica gathering years ago by my then-boss's wife Kate Campbell. It is great for dinner on a winter's night!




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