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White Bean Soup with Meatballs

It tastes like it's from scratch, but my Italian-inspired soup uses lots of shortcuts. For a meatball in every bite, chop them up—with an egg slicer! —Carole Lotito, Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 12 ounces frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (about 3 cups), thawed
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped escarole (1 bunch) or fresh spinach
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil, optional

Directions

  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and pepper; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Stir in meatballs, carrots and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in beans and escarole; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until escarole has wilted, about 10 minutes. If desired, top servings with basil.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 301 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 1050mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 8g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Vivian
    Mar 31, 2020

    This soup is very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I love all the distinct textures and flavors. The cannellini beans make the soup very creamy. I bought ready-made bite-size frozen meatballs at the grocery store. The beauty of this is you can keep them frozen until you're ready to make the soup. The first time I made this I used regular sized meatballs and I think they were too big. I also used spinach rather than escarole. I served this to company with a hot, crunchy-crusted French bread, and butter. It is so filling that you don't need anything else. This is now my go-to soup for lunch company.

  • Diane
    Oct 23, 2018

    DELICIOUS!! FULL OF FLAVOR AND SO EASY TO MAKE :) TASTES EXTRA GOOD ON SECOND AND THIRD DAY.