It’s happened to all of us. Someone has a baby, or is in the hospital, or just needs some help in the kitchen. The call goes out for those who can provide a meal. And you want to help, but what can you do?
The Great Fallback of pasta is a good idea, but it’s common, and how many days in a row can a family eat spaghetti? (Plus the Things have decided they don’t like tomato sauce unless it’s on pizza, so this wouldn’t go over well in my house.) Deli meats are okay, but I prefer to bring something with a little more originality.
Enter the Junior Leagues In the Kitchen With Kids recipes and activities for healthy living and the Italian Meatball Soup.
8 oz extra-lean ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoon dried bread crumbs
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
5 3/4 cup low-fat chicken broth
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/3 cup chopped carrots
2 cups spinach leaves, sliced
Combine the ground beef through the onion powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix well and shape mixture into 3/4 inch balls
Pour the chicken broth into a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Carefully add the meatballs. Add pasta and carrots. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and stir to mix well. Cook 5 minutes longer or until the pasta is tender, stirring frequently to keep it from sticking. Serve with additional grated Parmesan cheese.
I want to say this dish always gets rave reviews, but I’m not sure how much of that is a polite thank you and how much is the truth. 🙂 What do you make when you’re called upon to provide a meal to a friend in need?