Vegetables and lean meatballs streamline a traditional Italian meatball soup to make it lighter while keeping all the great flavor. Save some of the meatball soup to make a delicious casserole for later.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl combine bread crumbs, egg product, garlic, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Add ground beef and ground turkey; mix well.

  • Using damp hands, shape meat mixture into 1- to 1 1/4-inch meatballs (45 to 50 meatballs total). Place meatballs in the prepared baking pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until done in centers (165 degrees F).

  • Transfer half of the cooked meatballs to a 4-cup glass measuring cup; set aside. In a 6-quart Dutch oven, combine the remaining cooked meatballs, the broth, the water, mushrooms, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Add stir-fry vegetables. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 2 minutes. Add Swiss chard (if using), tomatoes, and zucchini. Cover and cook about 2 minutes more or just until chard and zucchini are tender.

  • Add spinach (if using). Cook 1 minute more. Ladle enough of the vegetables and broth over the meatballs in the measuring cup to measure 3 cups total mixture. Store as directed (see Tip); use to make Cheesy Meatball Casserole. Divide the remaining mixture from the Dutch oven among six serving bowls. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with optional crusty bread.

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Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 16.3g; carbohydrates 10.3g; dietary fiber 4.6g; sugars 6g; fat 3.9g; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 31mg; vitamin a iu 960.2IU; vitamin c 12.8mg; folate 21.7mcg; calcium 41.8mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 32.6mg; potassium 503.9mg; sodium 407.7mg.

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Note that the Ingredients list indicates "6 servings" but the Nutrition list indicates the serving size as "1/16 of the casserole each" Read More