Italian Wedding Soup


Monday was crummy!  I was supposed to meet some of my girlfriends out for dinner, but it snowed all day, non-stop, starting at 7am.  By the time I left work at 3:00, my friend Lynn asked what I thought about canceling our dinner plans, especially since I had to drive the farthest to get to the restaurant.  I called my friend Amy to see what she thought, since she had to drive the second farthest, and we both decided it would be best to postpone.  Good thing, too, because as I was driving home, the roads were a mess...and it was STILL snowing!

I hadn't gone grocery shopping yet since I had originally had plans for dinner out on both Monday and Tuesday, so naturally, we had next to nothing at home for dinner.  Inspired by some random ingredients that we had in the fridge, freezer, and pantry, I made my own version of Italian Wedding Soup.  All measurements are approximate since I basically just threw this together.

Meatballs:
1/2 pound Sausage
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1-2 Garlic Clove(s), minced
1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients.  Shape into 1 inch balls and set aside on a plate.

Soup:
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Onion, diced
1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
4 cups Mushroom Broth
1/2 jar Spaghetti Sauce
3/4 cup Israeli Couscous
8 ounces Baby Spinach
Grated Parmesan, optional for serving

In a non-stick dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until tender.  Add the diced tomatoes and minced garlic.  Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Make room in the pan and add the meatballs.  Cook for about 4 minutes, turning the meatballs about half way through.  Remove the meatballs and put onto a clean plate.  Add the broth and spaghetti sauce.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Add the couscous and meatballs and cook until the meatballs are cooked through and the couscous is tender, about 10 minutes.  Add the spinach and continue cooking until it has wilted.  Serve with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if you wish.