Wowzers! This recipe was not only simple to put together but it was DELICIOUS too! My family ate it up!! The secret to making it quickly is using pre-made meatballs. My grocery store sells a great Italian-style turkey meatball in the refrigerator section, so I buy two packages (12-count each), but you could also use pre-made frozen meatballs too (or you can use homemade, of course!). Loads of flavor and easy to make!
This recipe serves four to six.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
salt and pepper
1 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
about 24 pre-made Italian-style meatballs (turkey, chicken, pork or beef) either from the fridge or frozen
1 (32 oz) box of chicken stock
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
2 cups of dry lentils
grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
In a large pot over medium-high heat, saute your chopped onion and garlic with a pinch of both salt and pepper. Saute about 5 or 6 minutes until the onions are soft. Next, stir in your chopped zucchini, chopped carrots and diced tomatoes. Add in your meatballs followed by your stock, seasoning blend and lentils. Bring everything to a boil and then immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer for one hour uncovered, stirring occasionally.
After an hour, your lentils will be soft and your soup will be nice and thick. Ladle the soup (it will be very thick!) into bowls and garnish with a little grated Parm.