Speedy Meatball Minestrone
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4
 
Dietitian’s Tip: Soup is a great way to work more vegetables into our kid’s diet. Plain frozen vegetables are convenient and just as nutritious as fresh.

Kids’ Cook!* Graters seem harmless enough until you scrape your knuckles across them – ouch! Teach your child how to safely use a grater and get them to grate the cheese.
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) canola oil
  • ¼ small onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups (750 mL) low-sodium tomato juice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) no-added salt beef broth
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen vegetables (such as carrots, peas, corn)
  • 1 can (19oz/540 mL) kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 12 (1 inch) thawed meatballs (Big batch veggie-beef meatballs 5 ways)
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) uncooked small shaped pasta
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Kids’ Cook!* Graters seem harmless enough until you scrape your knuckles across them – ouch! Teach your child how to safely use a grater and get them to grate the cheese.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; sauté onion, garlic and Italian seasoning about 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomato juice, broth, frozen vegetables, beans and meatballs to saucepan; heat to simmer.
  4. Stir in pasta; simmer until pasta is cooked about 10 minutes, stirring often to keep pasta from sticking to bottom of saucepan. Stir in pepper and cheese.
Notes
• Pack this school lunch with half a grilled cheese sandwich, a piece of fruit and water.
• Even after cooking, grains can absorb more water. If so, thin out your soup with some extra broth.


* These ideas are meant as a guide only. You know best what your child can safely manage. Make sure they understand your rules for working in the kitchen safely and always supervise kids in the kitchen.
Recipe by Yummy Lunch Club at http://yummylunchclub.ca/speedy-meatball-minestrone/