Alphabet Soup with Meatballs

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meatball-alphabet-soup

I don’t know if this qualifies for Cooking with Kids; it certainly qualifies for Eating with Kids!

1 egg
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 (32 ounce) boxes pareve or regular chicken broth
1 (29 ounce) can whole tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup uncooked alphabet pasta

Combine first 5 ingredients and shape into small balls. Brown in a small frying pan over medium heat. Set aside.
In a large Dutch oven or stockpot, sauté the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in the oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Add the broth, tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 5 minutes. Drop in meatballs and reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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