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Hearty Vegetable Soup With Basil Meatballs

Posted May 6th, 2008 @ 11:33am
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 6 cups beef stock (homemade or canned)
  • 1 cup tomato purée
  • 2 large red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat the butter and oil together in a large, heavy pot.

Stir in the onion, garlic and celery and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes.

Stir in the carrots and stir for 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Add the stock, tomato purée and potatoes.

Bring to boil and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

Make Basil Meatballs according to following recipe; add to soup and cook 20 minutes longer.

Season to taste and serve piping hot.

Serves 8 to 10.

Basil Meatballs:

  • 1 pound very lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

Lightly toss together all ingredients.

Form into tiny meatballs and add them to the soup.


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