Combine soup ingredients in large saucepan over low heat to simmer (reserve snow
pea pods and carrots for broiling or stir frying).
Prepare meatballs: stir ingredients together, shape into 1 1/4-inch meatballs
and place on lightly oiled broiler pan. Spray lightly with an olive oil spray if
using very lean meat. Broil until nicely browned or bake at 400 degrees F for 15
To roast the baby carrots, cut carrots in half, lengthwise. Rub in one or 2 tablespoons
olive oil, and sprinkle between the meatballs on the broiler pan. Do the same with
the thawed snow peas. Check while broiling, and remove carrots, snow peas and meatballs
as they begin to brown. Drain on paper towels briefly and add to soup. If you wish
to skip this step, you may alternatively brown the meatballs, snow peas and carrots
in a wok.
With all ingredients now in soup, simmer over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes and
season to taste with salt, pepper, a pinch of Chinese Red Pepper, if desired, and
a dash of soy sauce.