Monday, October 29, 2012

In the Kitchen: Meatball Soup

To go along with last week's announcement, I have another: I'm bringing food back to This Dusty House. A few months back, I began This Dusty Kitchen as a place to share and keep a repository of recipes, a place to share adventures in food and health. I started it, and then I allowed it to become a source of guilt as I ordered yet another plastic container of pad Thai or scrounged in my freezer for chicken nuggets and frozen veggies for dinner. I started a food blog and then I stopped cooking. Ironic? No. Expected, maybe. I tried to get in over my head.

Now, as I give myself the permission I guess I needed for myself to expand my blog and explore more topics, it only makes sense to bring it back. If this blog is to be a cohesive glimpse into my life, there's no reason to fracture it as if food were not a part of the House, but a part of something else. When I make something delicious, I want to share it with all of you.

So, here I am, shutting it down by sharing a soup recipe. Classic. I began the food blog with soup. I bring it back here with soup.

Dutch Meatball Soup

For the meatballs:

1 lb group turkey
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp bread crumbs
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp each salt and pepper

Mix everything together and form into small, bite-sized balls.

For the soup

1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
8 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
1 cup frozen veggies
1/2 tbsp Montreal chicken spice
1/2 tbsp garlic powder

In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until the onion is translucent. Pour in the stock, add the frozen veggies, and bring to a boil. Add the spices.

Carefully drop the meatballs into the boiling water. Add the noodles. Continue to cook until the meatballs are cooked through and the noodles are softened.


  1. This looks delicious!

  2. Mmmm...looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Nice to see you cooking again! Your soup looks very hearty, a perfect comfort food to enjoy during this rainy weather. Hope hurricane Sandy didn't cause too much havoc in your neighbourhood.

  4. Haha! Amber, I didn't say I'm cooking again! I'm just saying that any cooking I do will be here again, as opposed to on the much-neglected This Dusty Kitchen. Thanks for the happy thoughts!