Pittsburgh's Original Sports Sauce


Aaron’s Meatball Minestrone Souper Bowl Soup


1 1/2 pound beef, pork and veal mixture

1 package 10 or 12 ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained

1/3 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs

3  TAB Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1  egg

1/2  tsp. salt

pepper to taste

1/8  tsp. garlic powder

1  tsp. PITTSBURGH’S Original Sports Sauce (or more!)



3  32 ounce packages of vegetable broth

2  Cups diced onion

2  15 ounce cans diced tomatoes

1   can Italian cannelloni beans, rinsed

1/2  tsp. dried oregano

1/2  tsp. dried basil

2  Cups sliced carrots

2 Cups diced celery

2 Cups chopped zucchini

1/4  Cup fresh parsley

1  Cup penne or rotelle style pasta  (if desired)



Mix the ground beef, park and veal well and sprinkle with salt

I did 6 turns on my pepper mill over the meat mixture

Mix in the drained spinach

To the beaten egg, Add the garlic powder and PITTSBURGH’S Original Sports Sauce and mix

Then add to meat and mix well

Sprinkle the Italian bread crumbs over the meat mixture and mix

Sprinkle the Parmigiano Reggiano over the meat mixture and mix

Shape into 1 inch meatballs

Place on a parchment paper lined pan (for easy clean up)

Bake at 350 degrees until slightly browned



Pour vegetable broth into a large soup pot

Add dried herbs, onion, canned tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, and zucchini

Add the browned meatballs

Cover and simmer for 1 hour

Stir in pasta and cook until al dente  (to keep the recipe lower in carbs, skip adding the pasta)

Top with fresh parsley


*Notice that I did not list salt for your broth.  You will have to salt to taste.  The beginning saltiness of your broth will depend on the brand that you use.

This soup is sooooo great with an artisanal style bread, especially if you slather it with real sweet cream butter, and then dunk that hunk of buttered bread into your soup!  Oh go ahead and splurge…….use some Plugra butter!  I guarantee you, that it will be well worth the extra calories!

You can also spoon some PITTSBURGH’S Original Sports Sauce onto your bread, sprinkle with some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and then put it under your broiler until the cheese melts – a very yummy idea to go along with the soup!

This soup is very hearty – so just add a salad and you will have a full and satisfying meal!

If you have any leftovers, this soup freezes well!


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