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Keto Italian Wedding Soup

By Jason Fung, MD

Keto Italian Wedding Soup

This sensational Italian soup is simple to prepare, light, satisfying, and loaded with tasty beef meatballs and savory spinach. It’s also easy to customize: Make the meatballs using pork, turkey, or a combination. Swap in other greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, or escarole, for some variety. Recipe from Keto-Mojo
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinners + Mains, Light Meal
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 408 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb ground beef (85% lean)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese grated, divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup parsley minced fresh (or 2 tbsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp shallot finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic grated or crushed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 16 oz baby spinach roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then grease it with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
  • Pour the chicken broth into a large pot and bring it to a mellow simmer.
  • In a medium bowl, break up the beef into small chunks. Add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and the heavy cream, egg, parsley, shallot, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. With clean hands or a wooden spoon, gently mix until just combined; do not over-mix.
  • Lightly oil your hands with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, then make 24 small round meatballs and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the meatballs until they’re golden brown, turning halfway through cooking, 15 to 18 minutes total.
  • Add the meatballs to the chicken broth and simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped spinach until it’s wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Keto Italian Wedding Soup
Amount per Serving
Calories
408
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
11
g
69
%
Cholesterol
 
150
mg
50
%
Sodium
 
1781
mg
77
%
Potassium
 
1374
mg
39
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
38
g
76
%
Vitamin A
 
11382
IU
228
%
Vitamin C
 
62
mg
75
%
Calcium
 
387
mg
39
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Dinners + Mains, Italian, Light Meal
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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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