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These meatballs are great in this hearty soup. Be careful not to use meat that is too lean, as the meatballs will turn out hard and dry. Ground chuck is a great choice for this recipe.


Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1/2 Cup dry, unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 small onion, minced (about 1/2 Cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup tomato sauce
  • 1 TB. CALIFORNIA BASIL
  • 1 TB. PARSLEY
  • 1/4 tsp. GROUND BLACK PEPPER
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
       

Put all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix with your hands until everything is well blended. Using 1/4 Cup of the mixture, roll the meat in your hands to form a ball. Roll until the meat holds together well and the ball is smooth. Fry in a nonstick pan or in a pan with a bit of oil until the meatballs are nicely browned.



Soup:

  • 1 TB. TURKISH OREGANO
  • 2 tsp. GROUND BLACK PEPPER
  • 2 tsp. GRANULATED GARLIC
  • 1 tsp. WHOLE FENNEL SEED, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. CAYENNE PEPPER
  • 3 TB. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 10-12 oz. fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 28 oz. cans of water
  • 2 tsp. BEEF SOUP BASE
  • 2 TB. CALIFORNIA BASIL
 


Measure all of your spices except the BASIL into a small bowl and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed kettle or soup pot. Add the onion, potato, and mushrooms and cook over medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Toss in the OREGANO, PEPPER, GARLIC, FENNEL, and CAYENNE and let them cook about 15 seconds. Pour in the vinegar and give it a stir. Add the tomatoes, water, BEEF SOUP BASE and cooked meatballs and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the BASIL in the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

Prep. time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 10-12

Description
Price
Qty
Basil California .4 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$3.99
Parsley .2 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$3.45
Black Pepper Fine Shaker 2.2 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$5.35
Oregano Broken Leaf Turkish .5 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$3.99
Garlic Powder Granulated 2.9 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$6.29
Fennel Whole 1.9 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$4.55
Cayenne Red Pepper Powder 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar
$5.69
Beef Soup Base and Seasoning 8 oz. jar
$10.85


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