Meatball Ratatouille Soup

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Ratatouille is…
a.  a movie
b.  cold tomato based soup
c.  an excuse to buy eggplant
d.  the inspiration for one of my favorite “fat day” soups
e.  what rats say to each other after they sneeze
f.  hard to spell
Answer?  All except e.  And e. could be true but I ‘m unable to verify the facts.

You may know ratatouille as a movie or a cold soup. But I know and love it best as a hot soup for a “fat” day.  Can you relate to “fat” days?  If you are a woman, I’m betting you can–no matter what you weigh.

Feel free to leave out the meatballs if you are vegetarian or majorly counting calories. But they add flavor and texture. Mushrooms would be a nice substitution if you go that route.

Speaking of calories–only 173 per serving. Without meatballs: 67 per serving. This is one of my favorite skinny secrets–especially in cold weather.

Meatball Ratatouille Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4-5
 
Mini meatballs combined with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and Italian spices in a delicious soup--easy on the waistline.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ cup onions, choppped
  • ½ cup green peppers, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2-3 medium zucchini, sliced
  • ½ small to medium eggplant, peeled and diced (Here's an idea for the other half)
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 ounce can beef broth (or equivalent beef base or bouillon and water)+ 1 can water
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil or 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese to garnish
Instructions
  1. Form ground beef into mini meatballs. You can do this by hand but my preference is a tiny ice cream dipper. Brown in large saucepan or dutch oven.
  2. Add onions and green peppers to ground beef and saute 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute.
  3. Add zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, broth and seasonings. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese if desired.

 

Nutritional Analysis:
Calories  173 (without beef–67)
Sodium 289 mg
Total Carbohydrates 12.0 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1
Sugars 6.4
Protein 21.7 g

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Chaya January 19, 2010 at 9:27 am

What a great dinner for the winter.

Sandy January 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

Romaine,
This Meatball Ratatouille soup looks so good. I will be trying it soon and I know my family will enjoy it as well. Thanks for sharing all your great recipes. You rock!

Cakelaw January 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

This soup sound delicious – and nutritionally is very good too.

Susie January 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

i’ve always enjoyed this soup when you make it! i like the quiz at the beginning of your post….definitely got me to actually read the text.

Staci January 14, 2010 at 7:05 am

Ironic that you post this today. We just watched the movie last night!!!

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