featured this recipe which was adapted from “Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to
Make and Share” by Kathy Gunst (Chronicle Books, 2016).
recipe sounded so enticing, I just had to make it. By adding a few of my own
ingredient preferences, and tweaking it here and there, the dish became more personal.
Serve it with crusty
bread and that’s all you and your tummy will need for a very satisfying meal!
|Lentil Soup with Meatballs, ready to serve!|
Soup with Meatballs
with their juice
|Lentil soup simmering on the stove.|
Gently heat the olive oil in a large pot over low heat. Add
the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes; add the dried herb blend,
season lightly with salt and both peppers, and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms
and carrots; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
paste, stirring until all the ingredients in the pot are coated. Increase the
heat to high, add the chicken stock or broth and bring to a boil; reduce the
heat to low and add the parsley. Partially cover; cook for 45 minutes, stirring
|Shaped meatballs, ready to cook|
Meanwhile, line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
cheese (if using), bread crumbs and a sprinkling of salt, black pepper, and Aleppo red pepper in a medium
bowl. With clean hands, gently mix the ingredients until well-combined. Form 3/4-inch to 1-inch sized meatballs until meat
mixture is used up. Mine yielded 35 meatballs.
|Browning the meatballs before adding to soup|
Heat the olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over
medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the meatballs making sure not
to crowd them. If necessary, cook in small batches. Cook meatballs on all sides
for about 5 minutes until evenly browned.
will not be thoroughly cooked at this point.) Use a slotted spoon to transfer them
to the paper towel-lined plate to drain.
|Meatballs and soup simmering harmoniously!|
After the soup has cooked for 45 minutes, add the browned
meatballs. Partially cover and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes or until the lentils and
carrots are tender and the meatballs are cooked through. Stir now and then.
too much, add a bit more liquid and heat for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.