This albondigas soup recipe was given to me from my mother-in-law. It's definitely one my favorite soups. Honestly, it's better than most restaurants that I've tried.
- 1⁄2 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb chorizo sausage, casing removed (not the fully cooked kind)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 carrot, minced
- 1⁄2 cup cooked rice
- 1⁄2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 6 cups chicken broth (I usually use nonfat and low sodium)
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, cut in chunks
- 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes (with nothing added)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄2 cup cilantro
- 1 large zucchini, sliced
- Make the meatballs first: Combine everything and mix thoroughly.
- Form meatballs and roll between your palms (Otherwise, meatballs will fall apart in the soup).
- You should make around 20 to 24 meatballs, set aside.
- Combine chicken broth, onion, celery, tomatoes and their liquid, cumin, oregano and cilantro leaves in a large pot.
- Bring to broil, and reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Drop meatballs in the soup (Make sure the soup is slightly boiling, the meatballs need to be cooked quickly).
- Return to simmer and cook another 10 minutes.
- Add zucchini and cook 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- You could top the soup with cooked rice, or just by itself.
This soup was WONDERFUL. I tried to make it a little more healthy - i used low fat breakfast sausage in place of the chorizo and i baked the meatballs first so that any grease would be eliminated from the soup. I also added a can of black beans, a can of corn and some sliced carrots to the soup when i added the meatballs. I cut corn tortillas with scissors into long strips, sprayed them with olive oil and baked them until really crisp and served on top. Next time i will top with sliced avocado. This soup is even better the next day!
Living in Tucson, it's easy to get an incredible bowl of Albondigas around every corner. I've made it before but wanted to try something new so chose this recipe because it was "the best". The flavor of this soup was amazing and the recipe did NOT disappoint! YUMMY!!! I make soups a lot and this is my new favorite soup recipe. The flavor of the chorizo adds everything to the soup. However, living in Tucson, our Chorizo is quite spicy so my kids couldn't eat the meatballs which was so disappointing for them. They order Albondigas whenever they go out. I may do 3 parts beef and 1 part chorizo next time. The other changes I would make: pre-cook the meatballs in the oven to render the fat. The amount of fat at the top of the soup wasn't pretty and I had to skim for a while. I also put in raw rice (which is what I've done before). It saved time and turned out great. I also added 1/2 cup rice to the broth b/c the kids like extra rice. For the adults: top it off with some diced avocado!! This recipe is a keeper!! Thanks RuizA!
I just made this soup for my family and it was the hit of the evening. I changed the recipe a little to 1lb of beef instead of 1/2lb because the chorizo seemed to be overpowering. However, it came out fantastic! Oh and I put carrots in the soup itself too not just in the meatballs. DELICIOUS!