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September 27, 2015

Oma’s Famous Meatball Soup

Happy fall everyone! This time of year calls for a delicious soup recipe! This recipeย was my all-time favorite when I was a kid. I loved going to Oma’s house because I knew she would have this soup ready for me! It is a very hearty soup and is very filling, especially if you serve it with a fresh italian bread!

In this recipe I do not include the directions on how to prepare my meatballs. When I make my homeade sauce for spaghetti, I also make a giant batchย of meatballs. I use half for the pasta and freeze the other half. So for this recipe, all I had to do was defrost them. I may do a future post on my favorite meatball recipe (stay tuned).

When you make your meatballs for this soup, I would recommend making mini-meatballs instead of large ones, like I have shown in my picture. It is really based on your preference but I think if you make them smaller, the chances of getting one in every spoonful is promising ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ingredients:

-pre-preared meatballs

-a bundle of 3 to 4 leaks

-3 stalks of celery

-1 large (or 2 small) white onions

-1/2 cup barley

-1 24 oz can of Hunts Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

-1 26 oz Colonna Meat flavored Pasta Sauce

-handful of black peppercorns

-2 cups of chicken broth

-3 cups of water

-salt and pepper

optional: Italian bread to serve onย the side

 

Directions:

1. Cut up your onion, leak and celery. You can chop your veggies as fine as you like. I always like my soups a little bit chunkier.ย 
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2. In a large pot, heat a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Fry your onions until they are slightly browned.

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3. Add in your celery, chicken broth and water. Mix to combine. ย Add salt and pepper for taste.

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4. Take out a handful of whole peppercorn to add to your soup for taste. I used around 10 in my soup. Remember: when you go to eat the soup, do not eat the peppercorn– they are just for flavor. *My Oma used to play a game with us and whoever got a peppercorn in their soup got 25 cents per pepper that we found!ย 
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5. Add in the pasta sauces and meatballs. Stir to combine all ingredients. Add barley here (no need to cook them before, they will cook with the soup).

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6. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes or until barley is soft and cooked throughout.IMG_9383 IMG_9392ENJOY!

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do!

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