I recently had some ground meat in the fridge that needed to be cooked. I thought about it a while and decided to make Italian Wedding Meatball Soup but Paleo style without the added bread crumbs. This soup is also Paleo without many changes from the regular recipe and it is pretty naturally, low carb. Many recipes call for escarole or endive but I had spinach so I thought that would work too since it cooks fast. Spinach is full of vitamin C and folate which supports the immune system.
I watched Giada make this on Food Network so I just changed it slightly to make it more Paleo friendly. My sister came over and had a great time eating this yummy soup with me.
Grain Free Italian Wedding Soup with Meatballs
For the soup:
1 Tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil (order here)
1/2 onion, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
Sea salt (order here) and pepper to taste
6-8 cups homemade bone broth (get my easy crock pot bone broth recipe here)
2 medium carrots, diced
3 cups baby spinach
1 beaten egg
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil (optional)
For the meatballs
1 lb ground meat (your choice, I love grass fed beef !!)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
Melt the fat in a soup pot over medium heat.
Add the onion and celery then stir for two minutes.
Add the garlic, salt and pepper and keep stirring.
Once the onions are translucent, add the broth to the pot.
Add the carrots to the pot and cook for a few minutes while making the meatballs.
Mix all the meatball ingredients in a separate bowl.
Roll the meat into 1 inch balls and drop them into the soup.
Let the soup mixture simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until carrots are tender.
Add the spinach to the pot and stir.
Remove a cup of the broth from the pot and mix it with the beaten egg in a small bowl.
Then carefully stir the egg mixture back into the pot.
Top the soup with fresh parsley and drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
(Always use organic ingredients whenever possible for better health outcomes.)
Nutrition Info: Calories: 430 , Protein: 35 g , Fat:12 g , Total Carbs: 6 g , Net Carbs: 4.6 g, Fiber: 1.4 g (nutrition facts based on 6 servings).
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