Beet Soup with Sweet Potato & Meatballs

Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday full of family, friends, love, and lots and lots of delicious food! This year, I am planning to create these wonderful postcard invitations for the people I love. I would love to hear your opinion. Every comment is welcome!-)

Beet Soup with Sweet Potato & Meatballs

Beet is the main ingredient, and its flavor and color dominate this gorgeous and healthy soup. Serve with a spoonful of sour cream or cream and a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley or dill.

Serves: 5-6


For the soup:

  • 2 medium uncooked beets, peeled and shredded
  • 2-3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large fresh parsley sprig
  • 2 gloves
  • 4 whole peppercorns
  • 5-6 cups meat or chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • sour cream, fresh herbs to serve

For the meatballs:
  • 1 very thick slice white bread, crust removed
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and freshly ground 

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To make the meatballs: Break the bread into a small bowl, add the milk and set aside to soak. Meanwhile, put the ground beef, garlic, Parmesan, parsley and egg in another large bowl. Grade the nutmeg liberally over the top and add salt and pepper to taste.

Squeeze the bread with your hands to remove as much milk as possible, then add the bread to a meatball mixture and mix everything together well with your hands. Wash your hands, rinse them under cold water, then form the mixture into tiny balls about the size of small marbles. Place on a large plate.

 Melt the butter in a large pan and cook the onions and garlic over a low heat for few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beets, tomato pasta, vinegar, salt, pinch of sugar and one cup of the stock. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place the bay leaf, parsley, cloves and peppercorns in a piece of cheesecloth and tie with string. Add the muslin bag to the pan, add rest of the stock. Bring to the boil, add sweet potato, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender. Stir in meatballs, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until vegetables are very tender and meatballs are cooked, about 15 minutes.

Discard the bag, taste and adjust the seasoning. Ladle into bowls and serve hot with sour cream or cream and your favorite fresh herbs.

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La Table De Nana said...
October 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM  

What a beautiful beautiful post.You are a talented artist Yelena:)

Yelena Strokin said...
October 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM  

Thank you dear Monique-)

Te de Ternura said...
October 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM  

:)))) Conxita

Frabisa-Isabel La cocina de Frabisa said...
October 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM  

Deliciosa!!! Muchas felicidades por tus recetas y por tu maravillosa fotografía!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
October 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM  

It'd be my dream to be invited to your home in real life LOL!!!! I know your creativity will go beyond what I imagine and food you make is amazing that I will never forget in my life. I enjoy being able to view some on your blog, Yelena! Beautiful and delicious post!

Yelena Strokin said...
October 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM  

Thank you, Nami, I wish to have a nice dinner with you too, one day I visit you for sure! And you are welcome any time in our home-)

Julia said...
October 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM  

Yelena, I love the combination of ingredients here! Sweet potatoes, beets, meatballs. What's not to love? Pinned!

Medeja said...
October 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM  

Beetroot soup was always one of my favorite..I have never tried it with meatballs or sweet potatoes. In our house it was always same. Sounds like a nice variation.

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