So, the other day I was wondering how to use hamburger meat. Our most common meals are tacos, meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, and if I am in a rush and haven't planned I will cook chili mac.
Although the kids love meatloaf, I was wanting a change. With the colder weather, I thought soup. Hey, I thought, growing up mom use to make albondigas soup. It had been literally decades since I had albondigas (meatball) soup. Sadly mom isn't here for me to call up and ask for the recipe. So off to the internet I went in search of a recipe.
After searching and finding recipes that didn't sound like moms, she didn't add tomato sauce for one (at least I think she didn't), I finally found one that was close. Actually I found two and combined them. One didn't have rice, which I remembered was in the meatballs. The other added vegetables that I don't remember being in the soup, like green beans, but it did have the rice in the meatballs. Picky I know!
The first time I made the recipe, I made it with rice. The other day I decided to use quinoa in the place of rice. Quinoa is something I want to cook more with, but I am having a hard time with recipes. I actually bought a quinoa cookbook, but it hasn't arrived yet.
It was a hit at our house. Funny because I do remember not liking or caring for meatball soup when I was growing up. I ate it because mom made it, but now I think it is delicious, especially on these cold evenings.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ tsp garlic salt
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup quinoa
- 2 TBS coconut oil
- 64 oz chicken broth
- 4 large carrots, cut into ½" pieces
- 3 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
- 3 potatoes, cubed
- celtic sea salt
- black pepper
- For meatballs, combine the ground beef, ½ the cilantro, ½ the onion, garlic, garlic salt, onion powder, egg, and quinoa in a bowl.
- Shape into golf size meatballs.
- Set aside.
- In a large pot, cook remaining onion in coconut oil on medium-high heat until translucent, about 8 minutes.
- Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, and potatoes.
- Bring to a boil and carefully drop in the meatballs.
- Add in the remaining cilantro.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.