Make Ahead

Rustic Meatball Noodle Soup

February  5, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Makes 6 to 8 servings
Author Notes

I love meatball soups and make them with pork, beef, turkey, chicken and veal. This one is rustic in the sense that there is no precision cutting of the vegetables and the meatballs are just dropped into the simmering liquid without pre cooking. —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • For the meatballs
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground veal
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced into rounds or half rounds if thick
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • The previously made meat mixture
  • 4 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan for serving (optional)
  1. For the meatballs
  2. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour or until you're ready to make the soup, but do give it at least the hour.
  1. For the soup
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Saute until the onion softens.
  3. Add the crushed red pepper, the bay leaf and black pepper and give all a good stir. Add the chicken broth, bring up to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. While the soup is simmering, take the meat mixture out of the fridge and form small (about one inch) meatballs. Once the soup has simmered for its 15 minutes, start adding the meatballs a few at a time. You want the soup to remain at a steady simmer.
  5. Once the meatballs have all been added, stir in the noodles, bring back up to the boil and then simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until the noodles are just done. Stir in the chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. For serving, garnish each bowl with a little Parmesan if desired.
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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

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