3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 28 oz.can peeled plum tomatoes
6 cups chicken stock (or substitute same amount of vegetable stock)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fennel optional
1 bag mixed vegetables or if you have leftovers use corn, cut green beans, carrots, pea's
1/2 cups chopped carrots
2 1/2 cups chopped potatoes with the skin on
1 large green zucchini, chopped, or substitute or mix with yellow squash
1 can dark kidney beans
1 can white northern or cannellini beans
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped spinach
tiny meatballs ( 1/2 cup ground sirloin, add 3 tablespoons each grated cheese, Italian flavored bread crumbs and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, mix all together well. Shape into 1/2 inch round balls.
1/2 cup ditalini, orzo or other small pasta such as acini pepe
grated Parmesan cheese
In a very large sauce pot, add chicken broth, tomatoes, paste, wine, bring to a boil. Add the vegetables and herbs. Drop meatballs into boiling soup. Simmer on low for about an hour. Boil pasta in salt water separately. Add at the end. Serve with grating cheese and crackers.
Nothing better on a cold day to take the chill out enjoy~!!!!