Kid Friendly Recipe: Zuppa di Ravioli (Ravioli Soup) #SundaySupper

With 2 kids, who, at times, will complain about everything put in front of them, I need to use ingredients that they are guaranteed to like, while sneaking in healthy stuff like spinach, squash, peppers, celery.  While I don’t advocate lying to your children, bending the truth and playing dumb are perfectly acceptable.

If my 13 yr old thinks for one minute that a dish MIGHT have squash or zucchini, he’ll refuse to eat or he’ll spend an hour sifting through to remove any trace of the rogue vegetables.  My solution, cut them up so minutely tiny that he never knows they are there.  Does it work?  ABSOLUTELY!  You have no idea how many times I’ve slipped zucchini, carrots, and the dreaded spinach into spaghetti sauce.  It’s hard to chop fresh spinach, so I just tell him it’s an herb.  He believes it with no further questioning. Oh, and shoot the kids some creative name for a dish and they’ll eat it every time.  My mother always got my brother to eat baked beans by adding hot dogs cut lengthwise baked on top and calling them “dinosaur bones.”  He fell for it every time, and probably still makes them…at 40 years old!

For this recipe, I also went one step further and designed it to be ready in under an hour, which is perfect for a school night, when homework and extra-curricular activities keep us super busy.

 Ingredients

1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped carrot
3 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. frozen corn
1/2 c. frozen peas
15 oz. canned diced tomatoes
1 qt. beef broth
1 lb. frozen turkey meatballs
1 bag(s) frozen cheese ravioli
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
1 c. V8, tomato juice, or bloody mary mix
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 zucchini, chopped
4 c. fresh baby spinach
Grated Parmesan for garnish
 
In a large soup pot, sauté onion, celery, pepper, garlic, and carrot in olive oil over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add beef broth, canned tomatoes, bloody mary mix/vegetable juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Add frozen turkey meatballs, frozen corn, and frozen peas. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 10 minutes. Add frozen ravioli, zucchini, and spinach. Cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes. To serve, add Parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

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For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the tip about cute names! This soup would be a hit here no matter what you called it!

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  2. chefkreso says:

    My nephew would love this soup, he is a big fan of vegetable soups 🙂

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  3. cheri says:

    My daughter was very picky when she was growing up now she has her own picky daughter but I bet they both would love this, great idea to chop up everything so small.

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