Mustard Greens and Beans Soup with Herby Pork Meatballs

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 4
Rosemary adds an herbaceous aroma to simple pork meatballs cooked in a savory broth with beans and wilted mustard greens.
(Silvia Razgova / For The Times)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery and shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rosemary and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer. Gently add the meatballs to the broth and allow the broth to return to a simmer. Stir in the beans and cook until the meatballs are done and the beans are warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.


Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the mustard greens, letting them cook in the ambient heat of the broth until wilted and tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper and sugar, if you like.


Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with rice and lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over each serving.

Herby Pork Meatballs
In a large bowl, combine 1 pound ground pork, ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs), 3 tablespoons minced shallots, 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1 lightly beaten large egg. Mix everything together until evenly combined, then shape into 12 to 14 meatballs, about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Transfer the meatballs to a parchment paper- or foil-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.