Vegetable, Meatball and Orzo Soup
Comments: Orzo : a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice.
Servings: 4
IngredientsPreparation
  • 4 tablespoons [60 mL] vegetable oil
  • 16 really small raw lean ground beef balls
  • 2 carrots, peeled then diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small fennel, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 cups [1.5 L] beef broth
  • 2 cups [500 mL] water
  • 4 ounces [113 g] orzo
  • 4 ounces [113 g] frozen small peas
  • 1 tablespoon [15 mL] lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] freshly ground black pepper
  • Heat half of vegetable oil into a large frypan.
  • Lightly brown ground beef balls on all sides, for approximately 8 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meatballs onto a plate.
  • Heat remaining oil into a large casserole.
  • Brown together carrot dices, chopped onion, minced fennel and chopped garlic over medium heat for 4 minutes.
  • Pour in beef broth and water.
  • Bring to a boil; cover and leave to boil for 10 minutes.
  • Add orzo, frozen small peas, browned meatballs and lemon juice.
  • Salt, pepper, cover and leave to cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Laddle soup into warm soup bowls, and serve.