Friday, February 4, 2011

Meatball Soup and Homemade Bread

Last night my mother-in-law made Meatball Soup which was great for a cold day.  I decided to try my hand at a bread recipe I'd found on a fellow blogger's page.

I've got some pictures of our progress on the meal.
Here are the meatballs
The beginning of the bread
I've not made bread in soooo long, but this recipe sounded so simple.  Now, I wonder why I don't try my hand at it more often.
Resting in Peace
Roll 'em up, roll 'em up
Throw 'em in the pan
They're not the most beautiful loaves, but I like them just the same...rustic bread : )

Meatball Soup
4 cups water, slightly salted
1 medium onion, rough chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 stalks of celery, diced
1 lb. ground meat (we used pork)
3 Tbsp. medium grain white rice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tsp. Thyme
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. Sherry Vinegar
1 Bay leaf
Handful of Italian Parsley, rough chopped for garnish

Simmer onion, celery, and carrots until vegetables are tender.  Add Bay leaf.  While vegetables are simmering, roll meatballs.  Be sure to season the ground meat, to taste, with salt & pepper, and Thyme.  Add the eggs and rice to the meat mixture and form into balls.  Add these to the soup along with tomatoes and sauce.  Continue to simmer until meat is cooked through and rice is tender.  Add sherry vinegar and additional seasoning to adjust taste, approximately 15 minutes.  Garnish with parsley and serve with warm bread.  You may need to adjust water, seasonings, etc. as we did the soup off the cuff and I'm only trying to recall what exactly went in.  *Feel free to use stock instead of water, season the meat with Worcestershire, etc.  It's soup so just about anything goes.
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Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

This sounds like a great meal! Honestly I've seen more recipes for different types of soup with meatballs that I'm going to have to make an effort to try one this week. Enjoyed your post.

Olga said...

This soup recipe sounds interesting. But I am vegetarian, so no meatballs for me. I was wondering, however, if I could substitute "real meatballs" with the "vegetarian ones" that are sold at Whole Foods. I might try that.
Oh, you actually made bread! Today, I made it again too.