Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

*This is comfort food at it's finest. Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is the perfect combination of two comfort foods, soup and pasta, mixed into one! It's a quick and easy dish, and it's hearty and filling.* *******************************************************************************************

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I'm sorry there is no clever hilarious story, but I'm going to be honest. This day light savings thing has me screwed up and Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. I am not thinking straight.

Here is the recipe you've all been waiting for....The End.

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Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced

  • 4-5 cloves garlic, diced

  • 2 TB. olive oil

  • 1 small can tomato paste

  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes

  • 4 c. marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)

  • 8-10 c. vegetable broth**

  • 2 TB. Italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 2 tsp. cane sugar

  • 12 oz. dried pasta of choice

  • 18-20 cooked meatballs, (Can sub vegetarian meatballs)

  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley

  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil

  • salt and pepper to taste, I started with 1 tsp. of each.

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil.

  2. Then add in the onions and garlic. Stir and cook down the mixture until the onions are translucent.

  3. Next add in your tomato paste. Mix it around for about 30 seconds, then add in your crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, and spices.

  4. Cover and let the soup simmer on a low boil for 10 minutes.

  5. Add in the cooked meatballs and dried pasta, 1 cup of the parmesan cheese, and 1/2 the amount of fresh herbs. Stir and continue to simmer for about 5 or so minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Remove from heat so the pasta doesn’t overcook.

  6. Serve with the extra parmesan cheese on top as well as fresh herbs and enjoy!

  7. **Sometimes with a soup that has pasta, the liquid can keep absorbing into it, which causes the soup to thicken and while also giving you a very soft overcooked pasta. It is key to add the pasta into the last part of the cooking process, and If necessary add a little more liquid. (You will need to adjust the seasonings if doing so.)

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A little about this soup. It's the perfect combination of 2 comfort foods, soup and spaghetti. It makes a lot of leftovers if you have children who eat like birds, which makes for a perfect mommy/daddy lunch!

Don't forget a side salad to add some veggies to this heavier carb dish, because you also can't forget the garlic bread! If you make your own meatballs, I LOVE this recipe. It's my go-to every time. I will make the meatballs while the soup is cooking, and then throw them in at the end! It also has veggies in the meatballs, and if you include a side salad you are on track! It's the perfect Sunday dinnel or when you are having guests over. This is a really long paragraph, so hopefully you get my point :).

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If you made it this far, go ahead and eat some chocolate. You deserve it! You unique one of a kind son of a gun! Bonjour! xo