Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sopa de Albondigas & The Start of my Garden

My friend Michele from My Italian Grandmother had Albondigas recently and asked if I'd ever made it. I'd never even heard of it and thought I'd do a little research and give it a try... I also decided to play Feed the Peep with Jennifer over at Savor the Thyme!

Albondigas means meatball in Spanish... Sopa de Albondigas is Meatball Soup.

I found lots of recipes and put this together based on bunches of them.


Sopa de Albondigas
olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C of tomato sauce
2 quarts chicken stock
1 quart vegetable stock
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 lb of string beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 zucchini, cut into chunks
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
1 poblano pepper, fire roasted and chopped
2 or 3 tomatoes, chopped
half a small bag of fresh baby spinach

3/4 lb lean ground beef
3/4 lb lean ground pork
1/2 C of raw white rice
1 raw egg
1/2 C of chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper

chopped fresh cilantro
chopped avocado
baked corn tortilla strips

Heat oil in large stock pot. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and broths. Bring to boil and simmer.
Add carrots, potatoes and string beans. Simmer while making meatballs

Make meatballs. Mix together rice, beef, pork, parsley, salt and pepper. Add raw egg. Form into 1-inch meatballs.

Gently add meatballs to soup, a few at a time. Then add tomatoes, zucchini, spinach and poblano peppers. Cover and let simmer for 1 hour. Add some epozote and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish soup with chopped fresh cilantro, avocado and baked tortilla strips.


This is what you need (mostly)

I started out by fire roasting a poblano pepper. I like to do it on the grill, but I wasn't feeling great yesterday, so I roasted them on the stove.




This little Peep is making sure no one opens this container until the skin is steamed off of the poblano.

And he's supervising the veggie prep!



Heat some olive oil in a large soup pot.


When onions are tender, add stocks & tomato sauce.

Bring to a boil and add potatoes, carrots & green beans.

Simmer while making the meatballs.

More Peep helpers...


Make 1 inch meatballs.

Gently add the meatballs a few at a time.


Add the tomatoes, zucchini, poblanos, spinach and epazote.




Cover and simmer 45 minutes.

To make the baked corn tortilla strips, cut a few corn tortillas into small strips.

Spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and toss to coat.

Bake at 400F for 5 minutes or until crisp.

Soup's on!

Garnish with baked tortilla strips, avocado, and cilantro.

Final quality control Peep check!

It's all good!!

Tawny, Jon and I all really enjoyed this tasty soup with lots of veggies & meatballs.

Although next time, I'd probably add some green chilies to the meatballs to spice them up a bit.


It's that time of year again. I can't wait to start brightening up our little gray corner of the city.

We live in a turn of the century brick row house. We have no yard at all, just concrete. But every year I plant a pretty big container garden.

Here's our 'yard'. Just gray & concrete.


Bob is helping me get out some supplies...
That's my ugly old utility on the left. I think I'm going to cut off the legs and make some kind of wooden case for it and use it as a planter.

Sadly, the Hens & Chicks did not survive the winter this year.

But my friend Ericka brought me some last week!

They will fill this bowl in no time.

This little pot of violas is from last spring. Every time the weather warmed up over the winter these little guys bloomed. They are really filling out again.

Yesterday Ericka & I headed over to a nursery she recently discovered and I picked up these to add to the yellow ones and plant in my barrel at the corner.

Bob's helping to freshen up the dirt in the barrel.


Yay! It's spring time again at Spryte's Place!


noble pig said...

This is my husbands favorite soup ever! OMG this sounds so fabulous.

Bob said...

I'm not usually a big soup fan, but this looks wicked good. Love the tortilla strips in it, I bet the crunchy is a great contrast.

Dajana said...

There isn't a soup a I don't like.
Thanks for this idea.

Debbie said...

The soup look fantastic and I just love all your pictures. The peeps are so cute...such a cool idea!!! Love it!

Michele said...

You are such a great friend!!!! Thanks for figuring it out for me!!!! It looks great. The soup I had was a little saucy so maybe some tomato paste or sauce was added or salsa??? Could that be? I don't know. It looks great though!

The Cooking Husband said...

Hey you! Hope you had a good weekend and that soup... ah yeah I am going to make that soon!

Culinary Alchemist said...

Looks deliciously Comforting on a cold day...

rebekah said...

so cute.
love the soup.
and ...
sigh. you have no snow in your pictures. where i am, it is a sea of the white stuff. toss some of your spring my way, please :(

Natashya said...

Wow, someone with less yard than me!
I have a long line up of pots along my fenceline too, not exactly Martha but it is so nice to have a little life, even on the driveway.
Yummy soup!

girlichef said...

I love this soup...and I love that you still garden even though you don't have an "actual" yard. Hooray for Spring!

melissa said...

Great looking soup. I've never had albondigas soup. I've always wanted to make it... okay, I just asked Steve and he's never had it either. And he's Mexican haha. We both decided we should have it along with a big salad or a piece of chicken. Thanks for the idea.

I also love the Peep helpers. Too funny. Especially the final QC one in the big spoon. :P

DDpie said...

I could really use some of that soup about now. Looks so good. I think you freaked the peeps out though, with the egg in the meatballs. LOL

Spryte said...

That's cool Cathy! I'd never even heard of it before.

Bob... I love tortilla strips on my soup!

I'm with you Daja!

Thanks Debbie!

Thanks for the idea Michele... Maybe some salsa would make it saucier... or just more veggie put through the blender?

Thanks Thomas! Let me know if you try it!

It would be perfect for that Shane.

Rebekah... we got snow the next day!

Natashya... I make the most of my non-yard. =)

Heather... I can't wait to get more plants out there!

Melissa... let me know if you try it!

DD... I was thinking I scared the Peeps too!

Jude said...

I always make albondigas but usually have it by itself. Gotta try and use it in soups. Thanks for this recipe!