Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019

Robin Bashinsky


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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add broth, cover and bring to a boil. Add orzo, oregano and salt; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is just tender, about 9 minutes.

  • Stir in meatballs and spinach; cook until the meatballs are heated through and the spinach is wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cheese and drizzled with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; 19 g total fat; 4.7 g saturated fat; 101 mg cholesterol; 728 mg sodium. 681 mg potassium; 36.1 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 25.8 g protein; 5270 IU vitamin a iu; 20 mg vitamin c; 23 mcg folate; 165 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 68 mg magnesium;

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Sounds good and I made it. Backed off on the garlic based on other reviews. But seriously if making this takes 20 minutes it would take me 3 years to have a baby. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Made no changes. Love garlic but holy cow! 2 TBLS in the broth was too much. Will likely reduce to 2 tsp if I do ever make this again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I followed the instructions with no changes. I'll make it again with way less garlic. I LOVE garlic but 2 tablespoons in the broth of fresh garlic plus 2 cloves of garlic in the meatballs made our house smell wonderful but we were scraping our tongues! I looked at other recipes that only call for one teaspoon of garlic. I would start with eliminating the garlic from the meatballs and reducing the garlic in the broth to two teaspoons. You can add more later to taste but once it is in there is no going back. This could be a 5 star keeper if the ratio of garlic can be worked out. Read More