Monday, November 4, 2013

Spaghetti And Meatball Soup featuring Dei Fratelli

Hello friends!!  I am thrilled to share this recipe with you for 2 reasons.  I have had a years long love with Dei Fratelli Products AND it is my entry into their "Ripened Recipe" Contest! 

It isn't often that I get asked to share products with you, that I already love.  I mean seriously, I have been using them for years.  This makes it all more exciting for me.  When I started venturing through their website, I found out many things I didn't know.  Their tomato sauces, juices, and soups,  are all natural, and gluten free.  They also offer low sodium and no salt products.  Dei Fratelli has a new line of products called, "Dei Fratelli Truly".  These tomato products are packaged in a light puree, and they are preserved within 10 hours of being harvested.  They are packaged in a BPA-Free carton.  How awesome IS that?!

I could go on and on, I just can't say enough good things about the quality and flavor.  The truth is, you have to try it for yourself, and let me, AND Dei Fratelli know how you love them!

This Spaghetti and Meatball Soup, is something I have wanted to make for years.  No, I mean, literally, years.  Why is it, sometimes, the easiest of tasks we put off the longest?  Well when my products arrived from Dei Fratelli and I heard of this contest, I HAD to make it.  It was like a sign from above!  It turned out amazing, and let me just tell you how good a stringy, melty, grilled cheese would taste dunked into this tomato-ee goodness!

Thanks for taking time to let me tell you about one of my favorite products AND share my new recipe with you!  This will be a home run at your house, I promise!

Mini Meatballs:
1lb ground beef (I use very lean)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. grated onion
1 tsp. garlic powder

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using a small scoop or just eyeballing it, make small meatballs.  I got about 44 meatballs from my mixture.  When you get them all rolled, place on a plate and set aside. 

In a large pot, add in 3 tbsp. olive oil and heat on medium heat.  Add in meatballs a few at a time to brown them up.  You don't need to cook them all the way through, though they are so small they may do that anyway.  When they are browned up on all sides, remove to a paper towel lined plate.  Do this until all meatballs are done.  Using the SAME pot, (get all the good flavor up off the bottom from the meatballs!) combine the following ingredients for the sauce:

Dei Fratelli Marinara -24 oz
Dei Fratelli Gluten Free Tomato Soup - 10.75 oz
Dei Fratelli Petite Diced Tomatoes - 14.5 oz
4 cups water
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. sugar
8 oz. dried spaghetti (broken in half)

Combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer.  Add in meatballs and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir gently, occasionally.  (At this point, you can decide if you love the thickness of the soup and if you want it thinner, just add bit more water until it is your desired consistency.)  After 15 minutes, add in 8 ounces of spaghetti that has been broken in half.   Cook per the suggested cooking time on the pasta package.  Serve with some crusty garlic bread or don't forget that melty, gooey,  grilled cheese sandwich for dunking!

This soup will freeze beautifully.  You can thaw it out in the fridge overnight, OR just pop it in a pot  and warm it up, on low.  You can add more water if you choose, depending on the thickness you prefer. 

Enjoy this recipe!  I LOVED Dei Fratelli products, long before this!  I enjoy knowing I am using quality products, mace from locally grown tomatoes, in the food I make for my family.  Give them a try and make sure to get your recipe entered in their "Ripened Recipe Contest"!

Your "keep your fingers crossed for me to win" Chefwannabe

 I am in no way compensated for a favorable review on any product.  I review each product honestly, and informitavely for you, to the best of my ability.  I strive to give my readers all of the information I can, so that you can make an informed decision on the products you choose to buy and use in your recipes. 

1 comment:

  1. Yum, I love the ingredients in the sauce and the meatballs. It looks yummy.