A List Maker's Life: Soup-er Saturday: Alphabet Soup

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Soup-er Saturday: Alphabet Soup

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Happy Halloween!
Today's soup isn't necessarily holiday-ish, but it is certainly tasty for a cool fall day!

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Alphabet Meatball Soup

3 cups frozen meatballs
2 Tbls. olive oil
1 chopped yellow onion
2 stalks of chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
2 carrots, peeled and slices
5 cups of chicken broth
14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt & pepper
1/2 cup alphabet pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and carrots. Partially cover the pan and cook the vegetables over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, and spices. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add the pasta. Keep the soup at a gentle simmer until the pasta is almost cooked. Transfer meatballs to the pot and simmer gently for 5 more minutes to finish cooking. To serve, garnish each bowl with a portion of Parmesan.

I served this soup with Parmesan Bread Sticks, as suggested by Relish. Relish is an online service designed to make meal planning, shopping, and preparation more enjoyable and less time consuming for busy families. I am currently enjoying a one month site membership courtesy of the creators of Relish.

Each Thursday there is a new collection of recipes to choose from. You may pick up to 5 meals a week that best fit your family preferences and weekly schedule. Each meal includes a main dish and one side dish. There is also a weekly dessert recipe. Once the recipes are chosen Relish puts together a weekly cooking plan, as well as a detailed shopping list. The site adjusts portions based on the number of people you are feeding each week and that is reflected in the shopping list as well. I have found that the projected portions have been right on target for our family so far! All of there meals have been kitchen tested by moms and take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

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This giveaway will end on November 13th at 10 PM EST

This recipe was submitted to this week's Grace's Kitchen Friends blog carnival.
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62 comments:

  1. mmm, that soup looks FABULOUS!
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  3. I'm loving the 30 minutes or less prep time!!! :D That's my kinda meals!

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  4. This soup looks so yummy!!! I want to try it! I'm a big soup gal but hubby isn't so I don't get it nearly enough!!!

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  7. Ok I'm cheating and posting one I already had up :) I promise I'll do the Chilli this week!

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  13. This looks like a fun recipe!

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  16. I am thinking I might have to try this Alphabet Meatball soup! Looks fun and yummy!!

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  47. A feature I saw on Relish that looks fantastic is that it lets you enter your own recipes.

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  48. I would like to try the Alphabet Meatball soup recipe.

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  51. Feature I love: comprehensive grocery list

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