1 14-1/2 ounce can of stewed or diced tomatoes, not drained
1 large onion, chopped
(2 carrots peeled and sliced into rounds)
(2 stocks of celery, coarsely chopped)
( 24 frozen turkey Italian style meatballs...or you can use plain..or beef meatballs either Italian or plain)
(1 pkg shredded cabbage...the type of package for coleslaw...I used a tri-color mix)
2 tablespoons olive oil (I used extra-light)
(salt & pepper to taste)
(1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon)
(1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning)
1 cup elbow macaroni (I used 1 cup small rigatoni...multi-colored)
10 cups water (I used 8 cups chicken stock, 1-3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup dry sherry)
In your soup pot add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat on medium heat until hot. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Sautee on medium heat 5 to 10 minutes...salt & pepper to taste.
Add all the remaining ingredients except meatballs and pasta...stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low/medium low (depending on stove) and cover pot and simmer for one hour.
Remove cover and add pasta and meatballs...cover again and cook for one hour longer...simmering.
Serve in individual bowls...top with grated Parmesan cheese...or shredded Mozzarella or shredded Cheddar...or all three if you wish.
This should make 10 - 12 one cup servings.
* If you cannot find the Sierra Soups brand, look for another brand of starter kit. Or, you can contact them at: Sierra Foods Company, Fresno, CA 93711. Phone 559-387-0552. Website: www.sierrafoodsco.com