Porcini Meatball Soup with Swiss Chard Ribbons

By abbeysue

Swiss chard dresses up this meatball soup with healthy nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin k and antioxidants.

Porcini Meatball Soup with Swiss Chard Ribbons
  • 1 oz dried porcini mushrooms

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 eggs (lightly beaten)

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (soft)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 tsp dried oregano (crushed)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

  • 12 ozs lean ground beef (or uncooked ground turkey)

  • 141/2 ozs reduced sodium chicken broth ?

  • 141/2 ozs no-salt-added diced tomatoes (undrained)

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (finely, 1 stalk)

  • 1 bunch swiss chard (stems removed and chopped or thinly sliced, about 8 cups)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. Place dried mushrooms in a medium bowl; pour boiling water over mushrooms. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms, reserving liquid. Finely chop mushrooms.

  2. For meatballs, in another medium bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of the onion, 1/4 cup of the cheese, the milk, oregano, salt, garlic, and chopped mushrooms. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape mixture into thirty 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in the prepared baking pan. Bake about 10 minutes or until meatballs are brown. Remove with a slotted spoon.*

  3. Slowly pour all but about 1/4 cup of the reserved mushroom liquid (discard liquid at bottom of bowl, which may be gritty) into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in broth, tomatoes, celery, and the remaining 1/4 cup onion. Carefully add meatballs to mixture in cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  4. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in Swiss chard. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 190
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Protein 19g
Sodium 700mg
Potassium 640mg

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