Meatball Soup with Kale and Risoni

Meatball Soup with Kale and Risoni


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Risoni (orzo) is one of my favourite pastas and it is great as a side dish, in salads and in soups like this hearty meatball dish with kale.


Serves: 2 

  • 350g beef mince
  • 1 sprig parsley, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 170g risoni pasta
  • 75g kale, ribs removed, sliced
  • Parmesan, to serve

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. In a bowl, combine mince, parsley, garlic, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, salt and pepper. Mix well and form into small balls.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and fry the meatballs 5 minutes until browned. Set aside.
  3. Heat remaining oil in a saucepan and fry onion and carrot 5 minutes until soft. Add salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
  4. Add water and stock cube. Bring to a simmer, then add the meatballs and risoni pasta. Cook 8 minutes.
  5. Add kale and cook 2 more minutes. Season if necessary. Serve, sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

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