Small beef and Parmesan meatballs are cooked in chicken broth with acini de pepe pasta in this soup with Italian seasonings.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 egg
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound acini di pepe pasta
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cheese, Italian seasoning, egg and ground beef. Mix together well and form into small meatballs, no larger than 1 inch in diameter; set aside.
In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the chicken broth and 2 cups cheese. Bring this to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Slowly add the meatballs, stirring gently so that they do not clump together into one uber-meatball. Cook for about 30 minutes, until beef is no longer pink and broth is slightly thickened.
Add the pasta, again stirring gently so that they do not clump, and cook for about 30 more minutes, until pasta is tender and flavors are well blended. Season to taste and serve immediately.