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Slow-Cooked Italian Wedding Soup
Source: dLife

Hearty stew with meatballs, spinach, fennel, and orzo pasta.

Rating:
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

Nutrition Facts

Makes 8 servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202.5
Total Carbs 10.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Total Fat 8.8 g
Saturated Fat 3.0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Potassium 646.4 mg
Protein 18.4 g
Sodium 578.0 mg
Dietary Exchanges
1 Fat , 1 Vegetables , 2 Meat
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Note: One or more ingredients from this recipe are not included in the nutritional analysis above. Either the ingredient is missing from our database or is listed as "optional" in the recipe.
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Servings
Ingredients

1 each  large onion
1 each  eggs
0 1/4 cup  whole wheat bread crumbs
3 tbsp  sun dried tomatoes
2 tsp  italian seasoning
1 lb  lean ground beef (10% fat)
2 tsp  olive oil
1 each  fennel bulb
7 cup  low sodium chicken broth
0 1/2 tsp  white pepper
6 each  medium garlic cloves
0 1/2 cup  orzo pasta
5 cup  fresh chopped spinach
Directions
  1. Chop one-third of onion very finely, and thinly slice remaining onion.
  2. In medium bowl, combine chopped onion, egg, bread crumbs, dried tomatoes, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and ground beef. Mix well.
  3. Shape into 12 meatballs.
  4. In large skillet, add oil and heat over medium. Brown meatballs. Drain and discard fat.
  5. Transfer meatballs to 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 quart slow cooker. Add sliced onion.
  6. Cut off and discard upper stalks of fennel. Save some of the feathery leaves for garnish (optional).
  7. Remove wilted outer layers, remove thin slice from fennel base. Cut fennel into thin wedges.
  8. Stir fennel, chicken broth, white pepper, garlic, and remaining Italian seasoning into slow cooker.
  9. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or on high heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  10. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Gently stir in orzo. Cover and cook about 15 more minutes or until orzo is tender. Stir in spinach. Transfer to serving bowls and garnish with reserved fennel leaves, if desired.

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