This post is an entry for BritMums’ Hungry to Happy Challenge sponsored by Richmond Mini Meatballs
BritMums asked bloggers to take on the challenge of preparing something quick with meatballs for the children to go from hungry to happy in minutes. I also needed something that would keep them happy for sometime so I could carry on with blogging, undisturbed!!
So I decided to make an Italian Wedding Soup.
It is actually called ‘minestra maritata’ or’ married soup’ because of the meatballs and the greens going well together.
Shell pasta is traditionally used and you can use any greens like spinach, lettuce or cabbage but traditionally Escarole – a bitter leaf green is used.
I have also added a few of my own ingredients like mushroom, fennel seeds, bay leaves and Cayenne Pepper to give it my own personal touch
500 gms Conchiglie pasta (pasta shells)
3 carrots sliced
200 gms mushrooms
2 Teaspoons fennel seeds
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 bay leaves
2 cloves of garlic
2 Chopped Spring onions
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
Richmond mini meatballs (40 pack)
Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the pack. Cooking time depends on the size of the pasta.
I used the bigger shells so it took about 10 minutes.
Drain and keep aside.
Fry the garlic and add the carrots, spring onions and mushrooms and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the Cayenne Pepper, mixed herbs, bay leaves and fennel and fry for a further minute.
Make up a litre of stock, add the meatballs and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the vegetables and cook for further 3 minutes.
Now add the pasta and the spinach and cook for about a minute.
Serve hot with Parmesan over the top.
The entire meal took about a maximum of 15 minutes which includes preparation and cooking time.
The meatballs were really tasty and very convenient to use as you can use them from frozen.
The children enjoyed this as they love pasta and the greens went down without complaint too. It’s a really tasty, wholesome dish that you can make in minutes and great for the entire family.
If you think you need a bit of heat – you can add a spicy sauce like Tabasco or chilli sauce.
Disclosure : I was provided with £3 vouchers to purchase the Richmond Meatballs for the challenge.