We’ve officially entered the holiday season and that means your weeknights have gotten a little more hectic. Added into the usual after work/after school frenzy is holiday shopping, holiday parties and gift wrapping. Instead of being tempted to reach for the take-out menu, I’ve got a terrific one-pot recipe that is perfect for the season! Meatball Minestrone is ideal for a chilly December evening and what’s even better is that you can throw this meal together in a snap. Another thing I love about it is that it incorporates all forms of vegetables, making it very budget-friendly.
Try this healthy meal–even my two teens love it. Just add a loaf of crusty Italian bread and a side salad and you’ve got yourself a healthy dinner. I’m sharing my version of the recipe, but I encourage you to add your own favorite veggie ingredients to make it your own healthy version.
10 cups of vegetable, chicken or beef broth
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 can petit diced tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 cup dried pasta (I use mini shells or ditalini)
24 cocktail size, cooked turkey meatballs
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot bring the broth with the onion, carrots, celery, basil and bay leaf to a boil. Simmer until the veggies are crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and bring back to a boil. Add pasta and when pasta is tender, add garbanzo beans, meatballs and frozen peas. Heat through about 10-15 minutes and serve. Makes 10-12 servings.
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