Meatball Soup / Groentesoep met Balletjes

The base of this soup is a delicious vegetable broth and therefore it is very important to either make your own stock or buy the best quality you can lay your hands on. In the traditional recipe the meatballs are cooked in the broth. In my version the meatballs are first roasted in the oven to add another layer of flavour before adding it to the broth.
This recipe feeds 6-8 people – you may half the ingredients when preparing the soup or alternatively freeze one half.

1kg ground beef
20ml salt
1 egg

3 litres vegetable stock
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into discs
220g vermicelli pasta, broken into small pieces
125ml fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

For the meatballs:
Preheat your oven to 180℃ and lightly spray 2 roasting tins with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine the ground beef, salt and egg in a mixing bowl and mix through.
Scoop a teaspoonful of the mixture into your hands and shape into mini balls by rolling between your palms. Place the meatballs in the prepared tins.
Bake the mini meatballs in the oven for 10 minutes.

For the broth:
Pour the stock into a large saucepan, add 10ml salt and bring to a simmer.
Add the carrots and vermicelli and simmer until the carrots are fork-tender.
Now add the mini meatballs and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the parsley to the soup and taste and adjust seasoning.
Serve the soup piping hot with fresh, crusty bread.

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