Monday, June 22, 2015

Meatball Mania

Last week, Carson decided he wanted to make dinner for us.  He loves cooking with me.  But he doesn't like following a recipe.  He wants to just throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot and hope it works out.  He definitely didn't inherit that from me.  I finally talked him into going to and entering the ingredients he wanted so he could get an idea of what he wanted to make.  He was set on making soup.  And when he entered carrots, onion, pasta, and broth, allrecipes pulled up Mama's Italian Wedding Soup.  With our modifications, it only required five ingredients.  And I could get all of them at my favorite grocery store. My kind of recipe.

So here's what you need...

Trader Joe's Meatballs (see picture above), cut into fourths--heat a bit to cut more easily
three containers of TJ's low sodium chicken broth (you will only use 2 1/2 of them)
bag of baby spinach (2 cups, sliced thin)
TJ's vegetable radiatore (I used about half the bag--pasta is one thing Camden will always eat)
TJ's Mirepoix

In a large stockpot heat chicken broth to boiling; stir in the spinach, pasta, mirepoix and meatballs (2 per person). Return to boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, at a slow boil for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente, and meatballs are heated through. Serve hot with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

So easy!  And Carson could do everything by himself.  

It was good to the last drop...

We love meatballs around here.  I make them from scratch sometimes.  We had a lot of fun with our Meatball Taste Test.  

But I've found that the frozen ones from TJ's are so easy to keep on hand and heat at a moment's notice.  

We've used them in grill packets...

And last week we came home from dinner out with friends to find Justin chowing down on a meatball sandwich he put together.  I was so proud of his resourcefulness.  We had meatballs left over from our camping trip, so he used those to make a meatball sub.  Italian hoagie roll, meatballs, marinara sauce (left over from spaghetti and meatballs the night before) all covered in provolone cheese and heated through so the cheese was nice and melted.  It looked so good I wanted to eat one even though I was stuffed from our dinner out.  

I'm sure I can come up with even more ways to use TJ's meatballs.  Do you eat them at your house?  Do you have any recipes to share?
Happy {Meatball} Monday!!!

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