Once again always looking for Kid Friendly Food
I found a recipe on The Epicurious Website and adapted it for my kids
Added vegetables that they like… e.g. Broccoli instead of Spinach
Onion instead of leeks and I also added courgettes
So here's My Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs
Will make this again
The meatball recipe made around 48 little balls
I cooked them all and froze half for next time
600 gms ground chicken (2 cups)
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
4 garlic cloves, minced,
5 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 large eggs, whisked to blend
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion finely sliced
3 cloves garlic peeled and finely sliced
1 large carrots, finely sliced
1 courgette finely sliced
1 litre chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup Orecchiette Pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small head of broccoli finely sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh basil
Extra Grated Parmesan
To make Meatballs
Mix chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan,garlic cloves,
Chives, eggs, Sea salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl.
Form into little meatballs
I used a melon baller. Nice size
Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
Cook meatballs until golden all over, about 3 minutes (they will finish cooking in soup).
Transfer to a plate;
Add onion to pot and cook,
Stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
Add thinly sliced garlic cloves; cook for 1 minute.
Add carrots and courgettes, cook for another 3-4 minutes
Stir in pasta
Simmer until pasta is almost al dente, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile in another pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil to medium heat
Just lightly saute the Broccoli, for about 3 minutes
Simmer until pasta is al dente and carrots are tender, and meatballs are cooked through,
About 3 minutes.
Add cooked broccoli
Season with salt and pepper.
Garnish with chopped Basil and Parmesan