Comfort food & we love it ♥
If fresh mint is not available, you can use a teaspoon of dried mint from herbal mint tea or mint jelly. Or skip mint altogether 😉 You can also vary the vegetables depending on what you have on hand. Spring peas in their pods instead of shucked peas, for example. Or you could add some chopped fresh zucchini or corn.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 quarts of chicken stock or beef stock or water/ mixture of both or half stock/half water
1/2 cup of tomato sauce
1/2 lb of string beans, strings and ends removed, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup of raw white rice
1 pound ground beef
1 TBS of chopped fresh mint (optional)
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
1 raw egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
A dash of cayenne (optional)
1 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh peas
1 teaspoon of dried oregano, crumbled, or 1 Tbsp fresh chopped oregano
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro.
*btw, Better Than Bouillon adds FLAVOR
1. Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed pot (5-qt) over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute more. Add broth mixture and tomato sauce. Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add carrots and string beans.
2. Prepare the meatballs.
Mix rice into meat, adding mint leaves and parsley, salt and pepper. Mix in raw egg. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
3. Add the meatballs to the simmering soup, one at a time. Cover and let simmer for 1/2 hour. Add the peas towards the end of the 1/2 hour. Add a few pinches of oregano and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and a dash of cayenne, to taste.Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.Serves 6-8.
Here we go, EASY, especially the more you make it & don’t need a recipe anymore. Its much easier to get ingredients ready before beginning. mise en place …
Organic cage free fresh eggs, organic veggies. …
Mine will differ in small ways dending on whats available in my refrigerator & pantry.
Sweet ♥ Lilli making meatballs
⤴️ too much tomato (for me), I like a clearer broth 🤭
Remember to keep tasting during cooking, for seasoning… adjustments. Just sayin ♡
I use a couple tablespoons of tomato paste when I don’t use tomato sauce.
FRESH CILANTRO & MINT …scents the kitchen (and hands!)
Set meatball mix aside till soup is ready.
Add stock when onions & garlic is ready.
Along with tomato, carrots and beans (whatever veggies you’re using).