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Hollandse tomatensoep met ballen (Dutch tomato soup with meatballs)

Traditional Dutch tomato soup, just like grandma used to make!

1 onion
1 large carrot
1.5 kilos of ripe tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. of thyme
Two sprigs of fresh parsley
2 beef stock cubes (for 1 litre)
300 grams of mince beef
1 egg
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tbsp. of fresh celery (chopped)
Freshly ground pepper
50 ml of cream

Dutch Tomato soup with meatballs

Finely chop the onion and cut the carrot into small pieces. Melt some butter in a large saucepan and cook the onion and carrot on a low heat until slightly soft. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into pieces and place into the pan, together with the bay leaf, thyme and sprig of chopped parsley. Add the stock cubes and a litre of water and bring to the boil. Simmer uncovered and on a low heat for 20 minutes and then puree the soup using a hand blender. In the meantime prepare the meatballs by mixing together the mince meat, egg, nutmeg, celery and freshly ground black pepper and shaping into round balls. Place the meatballs into the soup and allow to cook for a further 10 minutes. Finally ladle the soup into soup bowls and add a tablespoon of cream. Garnish with a small sprig of fresh parsley.

2 comments on “Hollandse tomatensoep met ballen (Dutch tomato soup with meatballs)

  1. Triny

    Just like I always make it (I’m from the Netherlands). Very important, don’t forget the nutmeg in the meatballs.

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