Pasta and Swiss Chard in Broth with Meatballs

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 slices white bread

1 cup water

1/4 pound ground veal

1/4 pound ground beef chuck

1/4 pound ground pork

1/4 cup minced onions

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 finely chopped green onions

2 quarts beef stock

1/2 pound dried pasta sheets, broken into small pieces

1 pound Swiss chard, cleaned, stemmed and shredded

4 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated


  1. Place the bread in a shallow bowl and pour the water over the bread. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the bowl, squeezing out the excess liquid. In a mixing bowl, combine the bread, meats, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and green onions. Mix well.
  2. Form the meat mixture into small balls, about the size of a quarter. Bring the beef stock to a simmer, add the meatballs and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the pasta and Swiss chard, and continue to cook until the pasta is tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. To serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls. Garnish with the cheese.

Cook’s Note

**To test the seasoning of the mixture, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Form the mixture into a small ball and blanch in the water for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the water, cool slightly and taste. Adjust the seasoning accordingly.