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Chorizo Meatball Soup with beans and spinach.

Chorizo Albondigas White Bean Soup

Servings 8
Author www.highlandsranchfoodie.com

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound bulk Mexican Chorizo
  • 1 small onion fine chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery fine chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • For the Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 cup dried white beans rinsed and misfits removed or 2 15 ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spinach about 10 cups
  • Smoked paprika for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the meatballs. In a fry pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and celery and cook until tender. About 5 minutes. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl, add chorizo, onion and celery mixture, the egg, Panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Blend and then shape into balls. Place meatballs on a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  2. For the soup: Place Mayocoba beans and three cups water in a crockpot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until beans are tender.
  3. In a Dutch oven heat the oil and cook the onion until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, the thyme, bay leaf, and the cooked beans. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add in cooked meatballs and gently stir until meatballs are covered in the soup mixture. Remove bay leaf. Add the fresh spinach just before serving.
  4. Spoon into bowls and garnish with a good sprinkle of smoked sweet paprika.