Heat olive oil on medium in large stock pot. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken broth and spinach and bring soup mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, add uncooked pasta to soup mixture and cook for 10 minutes. NOTE: set aside some uncooked pasta for the Acini Di Pepe Snowflakes Craft.
Meanwhile, use your hands to combine all meatball ingredients (except the olive oil) in a large bowl. Create small meatballs from the mixture. You can use your hands, but we highly recommend using this small scooper. It saves so much time!
Place meatballs on a large heated skillet coated with olive oil. Sear meatballs on medium heat for 2 minutes on each side. (You will likely need to do this in 2 batches). Add seared meatballs to boiling soup mixture and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in the center.
Serve soup topped with shredded parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes as desired. You can serve with toast or crackers on the side.
We recommend that all meals for children be served with milk.
🍅Swap the veggies. Try exchanging some veggies in the soup for ones your kids prefer. Or increase/decrease veggies in the recipe.
🍅Pick another pasta. Swap the Acini di Pepe for your kids' favorite noodles, i.e. rotini or orzo. If that gets them more pumped to eat dinner, it's totally worth it.
🍅Serve raw spinach on the side. I literally had to fish the "yucky green stuff" (aka spinach) out of my daughter's soup bowl because it freaked her out. If your kids don't like cooked spinach, serve some raw spinach on the side.
🍅Add some carbs! You can have some bread, toast, or crackers with the soup. My kids liked to add goldfish crackers to their soup and dip toast into the broth.