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Meatball and Noodle Soup   HT SP  90mins

Serves 4     Hot  Meat Vegetable  Vegetables  Soups



For the Soup

225g/8oz Onions, sliced

225g/8oz Carrots, sliced

2 Sticks Celery, sliced

100g/4oz Brussels Sprouts

2 tbsp Oil

25g/1oz Butter

1.1L/2pts Beef Stock

1 x 200g/7oz tin Chopped Tomatoes


100g/4oz Noodles

1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped


For the Meatballs

175g/6oz Minced Beef

1 small Onion, chopped

15g/ 1/2 oz Fresh Breadcrumbs

1 Egg

Salt and Pepper

1 tbsp Plain Flour



1. To make the meatballs, mince the meat again together with the chopped onion till very fine. Add the breadcrumbs, egg salt and pepper and mix well. Shape into balls about  2.5cm/1 inch in diameter, toss in the flour and reserve.


2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and the meatballs and brown for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve.


3. Add the butter to the pan and fry onions till soft and transparent. Add the carrots and celery and fry for 5 minutes, stirring. Sprinkle in any remaining flour cook for 1 minute, stirring .


4. Gradually add the stock and bring to the boil, stirring constantly then add the complete contents of the tinned tomatoes, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary then cover and simmer for 45 minutes.


5. Cut the sprouts into halves.


6. Bring the stock mixture back to the boil, add the noodles, sprouts and meatballs and cook for 10 minutes.


7. To serve - taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary, stir in the parsley and serve immediately.







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Common terms used when making sauces

Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

Coats a spoon – when a substance is rendered thin/thick enough so that when a wooden or metal spoon is inserted into it and taken out, the substance leaves a thin film “coating the spoon”.

Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Tips, Options and Substitutions

Main equipment required to make this recipe

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Wooden or Plastic Spoon

Chopping knife

Chopping Board

Blender, liquidiser or hand blender


Make Ahead

Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate


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