I don't eat meatballs but of course you can add them if you like, whether you use pre-made or home-made, beef ore turkey that's your call. I actually used a kielbasa flavored tofu sliced up. Other than your meat of choice, all that is needed is:
- 6-8 cups Base or Broth
- 1 cup uncooked Grain
- 1-2 cups Greens
Melt a tablespoon of butter in the bottom of a stock pot and added the onion, potatoes and seasoning. After the onion begins to brown, add about 6-8 cups of broth. I use instant vegebase but any low-sodium beef or chicken broth works.
Bring the broth to a boil and add your ingredients. I use long grain brown rice but orzo, small noodles, and lentils also work well here. Cooking it in the broth adds flavor. I also added about a half cup each of pre-soaked dried chickpeas and navy beans for extra protein and fiber. I'm all about packing the most nutritional content possible into a dish. For greens I used a small package of frozen spinach.
Reduce the heat and let simmer for at least 1 hour, until the meat of your choice is cooked through.
Ta-Da! Easy peasy delicious homemade soup!