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Meatball Potato Soup

Meatball Potato Soup

Meatball ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Salt
pepper

the rest of the soup:
Onion
Garlic
Potatoes (about 4 cups peeled and cut into large chunks)
Milk
Cheese (cubed)
Water or broth

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all meatball ingredients well. I start by breaking it up with a fork and then mash it all together with my hands. Form meatballs about 1½ inch. You should get about 25 meatballs. Place in a baking dish (it’s OK if they touch each other), cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Place the whole onion and garlic bulb in a baking dish, cover and roast in oven while the meatballs cook.

Peel and cut up potatoes. Place in soup pan and cover with about 4 cups of water. Simmer until tender and whip with electric mixer until smooth. Peel and process onion and garlic in the food processor until smooth, add to potatoes. Use tongs to pick up meatballs and add to soup pot. Add about 6 cups of water or stock. Add salt if needed. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add milk and cheese. Do not allow to boil after the milk is added. It won’t ruin the soup, but it will look disgusting.

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Improving the Flavor of Soups

Improving the Flavor of Soups

I make a lot of soups. It’s a great way to use up leftovers, small amounts of ingredients that aren’t really enough for other dishes, and stuff that is going to go bad soon.

I have a few basic recipes that can vary a lot depending on what I have on hand, but are based in the same main ingredients. Lately I have discovered that a couple of things dramatically improve the overall flavor of my soups from good to incredible!

The first one is homemade stock. My homemade stock doesn’t seem to have a lot of flavor when I taste it by itself, but the soups I make from it are 10 times better and less “canned” tasting than when I use a prepackaged soup base.

Second is roasting the onion and garlic. It adds a hint of sweetness and a richness to the overall flavor.

The combination of the two is just unbelievable! They do add time to the cooking process and require more planning. They only add a tiny amount of work and actual hands-on time. The benefits greatly outweigh the effort.

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