Meatball Soup

Meatball Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 medium onion, cut into eighths
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup long-grain rice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine the beef broth, water, onion and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Combine ground beef, rice, egg, oregano, garlic salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and cumin in a large bowl and mix well. Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Coat the meatballs with flour. Drop them into the boiling broth and cover. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes to the soup and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender (about 1 hour). Remove the bay leaf. Season with remaining black pepper.
Notes
You can definitely add more vegetables like carrots to this.

 

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