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Hearty Meatball Spinach Soup

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We believe that meatballs make everything better. It's not surprising they're the stars of our savory soup. But it's kinda surprising it can fit into a smart eating plan.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
50 min
servings
total:
7 servings, about 1 cup soup and 4 crackers each

What You Need

1/2
lb.  lean ground beef
1
 onion, chopped, divided
3
cloves  garlic, minced, divided
2
tsp.  dried oregano leaves, divided
20
 saltine crackers, finely crushed
1
 egg, beaten
1
Tbsp.  oil
2
cans  (14 oz. each) reduced sodium beef broth
1
can  (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1
pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained

Make It

COMBINE meat, 1/4 cup onions, 1/3 of garlic and 1/2 tsp. oregano in large bowl. Add cracker crumbs and egg; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls.

COOK and stir remaining onions and garlic in hot oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan on medium-high heat 3 to 5 min. or until onions are tender. Add broth, tomatoes, spinach and remaining oregano; bring to boil. Add meatballs; cover. Simmer on low 20 to 25 min. or until meatballs are done.

SERVE with additional saltines.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
Special Extra
Stewed tomatoes come in several different varieties - try one with garlic and jalapenos for extra flavor.
Special Extra
Add 1 tsp. chopped cilantro to the meat mixture along with the oregano.
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