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Today's soup isn't necessarily holiday-ish, but it is certainly tasty for a cool fall day!
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.
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This recipe was submitted to this week's Grace's Kitchen Friends blog carnival.