Drop Meatball and Macaroni Soup

Red wine-poached meatballs in a savory macaroni soup - and you don't have to roll the meatballs!



1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk


2 cups red wine

6 cups beef broth

1/2 pound macaroni

1/2 cup heavy cream


In a large bowl, place beef, tomato paste, garlic, Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, eggs and milk - and mix well with hands.

In a large soup pot, bring red wine to a boil.  With both hands, pinch two 1" globs of meat mixture and drop into wine.  Boil on high, turning once, until wine is reduced to about 1/2" in the pot.  Add beef broth and macaroni.  Bring to a boil, and simmer until macaroni is tender - about fifteen minutes.  Pour in cream, heat through and serve.  Serves 4 - 6.