Sunday, December 18, 2011

Soup Sunday: Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup with Meatballs & Parmesan Rinds

Vegetable Beef soup is one of my absolute favorite soups that my mom made us when I was growing up. I'm kind of a veggie junkie, so I love that fact that this soup has so many different components to it, which makes you feel like you're eating a huge meal. I decided to add ground beed and mini meatballs to make it extra-hearty. But the very best part of this soup, are the cubes of parmesan rind that are cooked until slightly soft & chewy. We always had this in our recipe, and people always think we are crazy for eating it, but it really is delicious! My family and I would fight over these little nuggets, no lie. So, so just give it a try, it gives it a nice salty flavor. Enjoy :)
Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup with Meatballs & Parmesan Rinds

Yummy Vegetables & Meatballs :)
For the Soup:
Olive Oil
1C Onion, Chopped
½C Celery, Chopped
½C Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1 ½lbs Ground Beef
1T Garlic, Minced
1 14.5oz Can of Beef Stock
1 14.5oz Can of Vegetable Stock
1Q Water
1-2T Chicken Base
28oz Can of Diced or Crushed Tomatoes
1lb Frozen Peas & Carrots
2C Corn, Okra, Roasted Mushrooms, & Chopped Haricot Verts
1-2C Parmesan Rinds, Cut into Small Cubes
16oz Mini Pasta, Cooked
15-20 Mini Meatballs, Cooked
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Hot Sauce & Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste
Fresh Parsley, Chopped

1. In a large pot, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and pepper and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and brown the meat until cooked through. Add in the garlic and cook another minute. Stir in the beef stock, vegetable stock, water, chicken base, and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, and reduce the heat, so that the liquid simmers. Add in the peas & carrots, corn okra, mushrooms, haricot verts, and Parmesan rinds. Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked, but still have some bite, and the Parmesan rinds are slightly soft and chewy. Lastly, stir in the cooked mini pasta and meatballs. Cook on medium heat for another 10-15 minutes. Just before serving season with salt, pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and parsley to taste.

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