Cabbage, Tomato & Meatball Soup and extras

Cabbage and tomato soup with meatballs

This weekend's soup is cabbage and tomato with meatballs. The meatballs contain garlic, onion, paprika (the recipe called for smoked paprika, which I don't think I've ever come across), ground cumin, dried thyme, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh breadcrumbs, minced meat and egg. The soup itself calls for onion, garlic, tomatoes, Savoy cabbage (my favourite kind) and beef stock.

I prepared the meatballs on Friday night, helped by my younger son. Although reluctant to sniff the herbs and spices, he was very willing to put his hands into the raw mixture and make the meatballs. This afternoon we brought a friend of his into town and then back to our house. Having been warned by the friend's mother that her son didn't like cabbage, I was wondering what alternative I could offer him. I needn't have worried. The soup was delicious and our guest ate two bowlfuls. The spouse is away so he's missed out! I'll have to make it again. It's a little bit fiddly and involves two lots of cooking and preparation - the meatballs and the soup itself (the meatballs are cooked separately then added into the cabbage soup), but is definitely worth it.

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