Hearty Meatball Spinach Soup

120  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 50 min total
  • Makes 7 servings, about 1 cup soup and 4 crackers each.

We believe that meatballs make everything better. It's not surprising they're the stars of our savory soup. But it's kinda surprising it can fit into a smart eating plan.

Hearty Meatball Spinach Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves, divided
  • 20 PREMIUM Saltine Crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 cans (14 oz. each) reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained

Instructions

  • Combine  meat, 1/4 cup onions, 1/3 of garlic and 1/2 tsp. oregano in large bowl. Add cracker crumbs and egg; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  • Cook  and stir remaining onions and garlic in hot oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan on medium-high heat 3 to 5 min. or until onions are tender. Add broth, tomatoes, spinach and remaining oregano; bring to boil. Add meatballs; cover. Simmer on low 20 to 25 min. or until meatballs are done.
  • Serve  with additional saltines.

Recipe Tips

SubstituteSubstitute frozen gound turkey, thawed, for the ground beef.

Special ExtraStewed tomatoes come in several different varieties - try one with garlic and jalapenos for extra flavor.

Special ExtraAdd 1 tsp. chopped cilantro to the meat mixture along with the oregano.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 7 servings, about 1 cup soup and 4 crackers each.
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Good source of vitamin A or C

Diet Exchange

1-1/2 Starch,1 Vegetable,1 Meat (L),1/2 Fat

Nutrition Notes

Come in from the cold and enjoy a serving of this delicious soup. As a bonus, the spinach is high in vitamin A, and the tomatoes and spinach team up to provide vitamin C.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 220 
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Sodium 610 mg
  • Carbohydrate 25 g
  • Dietary fiber 4 g
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Protein 13 g
  • Vitamin A 100 %DV
  • Vitamin C 30 %DV
  • Calcium 15 %DV

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