From Better Homes and Gardens Low-Fat & Luscious
Italian (Canada, UK), by Better Homes and Gardens.
This meal in a bowl features mini-meatball made
with lean ground beef. It was created to resemble
"wedding soup," which is found in some Italian
restaurants in America.
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 Tbsp snipped parsley
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
8 ounces lean ground beef
Nonstick spray coating
2 cups water
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
1 14-1/2-ounce can beef broth
1 14-1/2-ounce can low-sodium stewed tomatoes
1 9-ounce package frozen Italian green beans
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1-1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed (optional)
In a medium bowl combine egg, bread crumbs,
Parmesan or Romano cheese, parsley, onion, garlic
powder, and red pepper. Add the ground beef; mix
well. Shape the mixture into 36 balls.
Spray a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick
coating. Place the meatballs in the dish. Bake,
uncovered, in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes or
until juices run clear. Drain well. Set meatballs aside.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan stir together the
water, garbanzo beans, beef broth, undrained
tomatoes, Italian green beans, mushrooms, Italian
seasoning, and, if desired, fennel seed. Bring
mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer
for 10 minutes. Stir in the meatballs; heat through.
To serve, ladle into soup bowls.
Yield: Makes 6 main-dish servings