I LOVE this soup! I make a few changes though to suit my taste and to simplify the recipe even further - I don't bother chopping carrots or using the canned beans because my favorite frozen vegie mix already has lima beans, green beans, carrots and corn in it. I just use 2 bags of that, and one can of tomatoes. (Diced, fire-roasted is what I usually have on hand). I use tiny shells instead of alphabet pasta, and I add a couple of teaspoons of red pepper flakes and a couple of dashes of Magy. For the meatballs, I substitute ground turkey for beef, and I use seasoned bread crumbs. It is a bit time-consuming to make the bite-size meatballs, so if you're feeling impatient you can make them bigger. Or, if you like to cook with your kids - they might like rolling the meatballs - mine do. This is so good, nutritious, low fat and easy, I made it every few weeks. I highly recommend this recipe as a family staple.
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I LOVE this soup! I make a few changes though to suit my taste and to simplify the recipe even...