Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meatball and Vegetable Bowtie Soup Made Easy with Daily Chef Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs

A beef broth and tomato based, meatball and vegetable soup, made super easy with fully cooked, Daily Chef Casa Di Bertacchi Italian meatballs, available exclusively from Sam's Club.

Meatball and Vegetable Bowtie Soup

Christmas is upon us y'all and once we slip past the Thanksgiving holiday, well... the days, they seem to come and go faster than ever, until before we know it, Christmas is here!

Shopping and wrapping, planning and decorating, and all the hustle and bustle take over, multiplying our already busy lives... and in the midst of it all, we still have to eat and sometimes there are house guests on top of the usual crew. Those quick drive through windows can sure look tempting during this busy season, but something from home is on the way with a little help from a few common pantry items, and a bag of Daily Chef Casa Di Bertacchi meatballs from Sam's Club in your freezer.

An Italian style beef meatball, Daily Chef Casa di Bertacchi brand are made from a special family recipe and come fully cooked, are gluten free, and available exclusively only at Sam’s Club. They are delicious and at 5/8-ounce each, the perfect size for hurry up dinners, making everything from spaghetti and casseroles, to soups and stews, super easy during these busy holidays.

Lots of different options to prepare them too - from oven to stove top to slow cooker.

Since this bag is a hefty 6-pounds, you've got options for multiple meals in this single over-sized resealable bag too. It was just one such night, when I'd had a super busy day and was especially tired, and just couldn't even think of a meal to start with, that I remembered I had these meatballs in the freezer. A quick defrost in the microwave and I browned them in the oven for about 15 minutes on the convection setting.

While those were in the oven, I made a simple brown gravy, and boiled the tail end of a bag of egg noodles out of the pantry, added a canned veggie and a simple salad and before I knew it I had a quick, easy and delicious meal. My husband loves to eat these meatballs straight out of the oven, but he also loves gravy, so it was a win-win for him, and super easy and stress free for me. Gotta love that!

Of course, I'm also a real fan of a quick, semi-homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs, and with Daily Chef Casa di Bertacchi meatballs, it's one of the fastest, tastiest meals you could ask for.

Next, I decided to do a soup, because with everybody coming and going at different times, and drop by holiday guests, it's a great meal to make and leave on low on the stovetop or hold in a slow cooker on warm. Loaded with flavor, it only gets better as it sits, as the meatballs continue to soak up juice and flavor from the vegetables and broth. I didn't brown the meatballs, which is another time saver, although you certainly could. The meatballs held up beautifully in the soup without browning though.

As with all soups, I prefer to prepare the pasta separately since it tends to soak up a lot of the liquid otherwise, so have a covered bowl of already cooked pasta at the ready. Then everybody can add the pasta to their own individual bowls before spooning the soup on top.

Serve it with a good, crusty bread and offer a fresh chunk of Parmesan cheese and some extra green onion for garnish.

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Recipe: Meatball and Vegetable Bowtie Soup

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings

  • 1-1/2 pounds Daily Chef Casa Di Bertacchi Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 2 cups farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced or stewed tomatoes
  • 4 cups unsalted beef stock or broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon beef base, optional
  • Splash Kitchen Bouquet, optional
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish, optional

Thaw meatballs in refrigerator overnight, or use the defrost setting on your microwave. Prepare pasta, drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add onion and celery, cooking until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add seasonings; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, beef broth, water, Worcestershire, beef base and Kitchen Bouquet, if using.

Set aside 2 tablespoons of the green onion for garnish and add remaining green onion to the soup, along with the mixed vegetables and meatballs. Simmer until meatballs are cooked through, and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Spoon pasta into serving bowls and ladle soup over the top. Garnish with reserved green onion, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a crusty whole grain bread.


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