I bought a couple low carb cook books. Not because I plan to do a low carb diet but it doesn´t hurt to keep the carbs to a minimum. Your body needs some but not a lot and your body needs the right carbs...staying away from the quick carbs like white bread, white pastas and rice are best...but let´s not get fanatical about this ok? ;-)
So I found this recipe for a tomato soup with meatballs in this book I bought which in Norwegian is called LAVKARBO-husmannskost written by Anna Hallèn. I have been use to making my own tomato soup with roasted peppers, garlic, and onion but decided to give this one a try. I halved the soup as we´re only three and there was enough for four servings (lunch tomorrow!!!) Here is what I did:
Make your meatballs: I used ground pork, I mixed in a quarter yellow onion finely chopped, 3 garlic cloves finely chopped, and a quarter orange pepper finely chopped. I also used a tbsp of bread crumbs. The recipe called for "Husk" which it defined as psyllium seed (I tried googling this word and it kept coming up psyllium...so if anyone has an idea what I´m talking about here let me know...hahahahaha...)So I just used bread crumbs- remember we´re not getting fanatical about carbs right? I was also going to use 1 egg but discovered we were empty for eggs. So I used a few dashes of cream until the mixture was sticky enough to roll into balls. I fried these up in unsalted butter (just a tbsp) and then sett the balls aside.
In a pot, sauté half a yellow onion finely chopped, 1 garlic clove finely chopped, 3 sides of an orange pepper finely chopped, about 1tbsp finely chopped fresh basil, 1.5 tsp of dried thyme(use fresh if you have, I didn´t) After the onions soften a little add about 0.5 dl of dry white wine, 2 boxes of crushed tomatoes, 1.5dl cream, 1 dl water, and 1.5 blocks of vegetable bullion. Mix well and let this simmer- the longer the better so all the flavors marry. I didn´t add salt to this soup but I used garlic pepper to season with. Add the meatballs after awhile and the drippings from the meatball pan and mix well. Serve with a little dash of creme fraichè and serve! I didn´t serve my soup with any bread but by all means, serve a delicious good bread with this soup and it will totally complete the meal.
This was a super delicious soup which I was very satisfied with after I was done with, even without the bread! The meatballs help you to feel full from this soup. And let´s face it folks, nothing tastes better on a cool fall day then a piping hot bowl of hearty soup!
Until next time my friends...