1 1/2 lb lean ground beef, 7% fat
1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg, beaten)
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive (or canola) oil
8 oz trinity mix (fresh diced onions, celery, bell peppers)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 cans cannellini beans (15–19 oz), drained
1 (32-oz) box chicken broth (or stock)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, tomato pesto, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until blended. Shape into 1-inch meatballs (about 25–30); wash hands.
- Preheat large stockpot on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil in pan, then add meatballs (in batches); cook and turn 6–8 minutes or until browned. Remove meatballs from pan and set aside.
- Add trinity mix and garlic to pan; cook and stir 2–3 minutes or until onions soften. Add spinach; cook 2–3 minutes or until spinach begins to wilt. Drain beans.
- Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in beans, stock, meatballs, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; simmer 5–7 minutes and until meatballs are 160°F and soup is hot. Top with cheese and serve.