If I had rated this the day I made it, I would have given it 3 stars. I thought it was missing something. It also took me much, much longer than the times given by the recipe. 20 min prep??? Really? With all that chopping and meatball prep? I also thought it needed to simmer longer, I gave it another half hour. Needed a large addition of ground black pepper for my tastes and a tad salt. But it tasted soooo much better the next day and I am loving the leftovers. The meatballs were very good, I think it could use about a third more but not necessary. Didn't have quick cook oatmeal for the meatballs so used some bread crumbs and that worked fine. I added Tuscan kale, zucchini, and frozen green beans for nutrition and flavor. Also used ditalini instead of alphabet pasta. When using pasta in soups (if larger than alphabet or little stars like this ditalini) I have gotten in the habit of cooking it outside the soup, then adding just before serving and refrigerating the pasta separate from the soup for leftovers and adding just before reheating. That way the pasta doesn't soak up all the soup liquid and become mushy and turn the soup into stew. This is a very good, healthy, hearty meal for when you are craving hot tomato and veggie soup.
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If I had rated this the day I made it, I would have given it 3 stars. I thought it was...