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Spanish Saffron Meatball Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
A bowl of comforting soup that is bursting with Spanish flavors and silky saffron.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: saffron recipe, spanish soup recipe
Author: Jackie
  • ½ cup of Italian breadcrumbs
  • cup of half and half or milk
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef 97% lean 3% fat
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of crumbled saffron
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 cup of good quality drinking white wine
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of uncooked orzo
  • 2 cups of chopped fresh kale stems removed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley or cilantro to garnish
  1. In a medium bowl, add together all of the meatball ingredients. Mix together with your hands and form 2 teaspoon full balls, set the balls on a pan and refrigerate for half an hour or flash freeze for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom and wide pot heat oil over medium high and add in onions and red bell peppers. Saute for 5 minutes, or until peppers and onions have softened. Next add in garlic, continue cooking for 30 seconds then add in paprika, saffron, and oregano. Cook for ten seconds more and then add in white wine.
  3. Once the white wine has been added cook for 2 minutes, being sure to scrape the bottom of your pot with a wooden spoon and mixing occasionally.

  4. Add in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Next add in meatballs and lower heat to a steady simmer (medium high heat). Cook for about 20 minutes, then add in orzo and kale and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until orzo is al dente and the kale has softened.

  5. Taste for seasoning and add in salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. Serve and garnish with parsley.
Recipe Notes

Saffron really makes this dish, please do not substitute it. Depending on the size of the meatballs, it can make anywhere between 12-16 meatballs. Use as lean of a meat as possible, either beef or turkey.