2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chicken flavored stuffing mix, crushed
1 box plus one can beef broth (can not shown)
2 stalks celery
grated onion, about 3 tablespoons
1 red pepper
ketchup and mustard (not shown)
pasta of your choice-this was the hardest for me: pasta or potatoes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grind up your stuffing mix in blender. Pour crumbs into a bowl. Cover with about 1/2 cup of beef broth. Add about 2 TBSP ketchup and mustard. Stir to combine. Break meat into clumps and drop in bowl. Grate about 3 TBSP of onion over the top and grate half a carrot into bowl also.
Using hands, fold all ingredients in to incorporate.
Using a small cookie scoop, make uniform meatballs and place on cookie sheet. I got about 28 meatballs. Roast in oven for 25 minutes. Rotate pans from upper to lower racks about halfway through cooking time.
While meatballs are baking, slice up the carrots, celery and pepper and drop into a Dutch oven with a little butter and oil.
Stir occasionally so veggies will soften.
When meatballs are done, pour remaining broth from can and the full box into the Dutch oven. Carefully move the meatballs from the cookie sheet to the pot. I saved about 8 meatballs for my daughter in case she wasn't feeling adventurous. Simmer on stove for about 40 minutes. Stir in pasta of your choice. I used the small rings that you normally use for salads. I let it go about another 15 to 20 minutes. The rings got much bigger than I expected and soaked up a lot of the broth, so next time I need to use less (I think I poured in about a two thirds cup of rings). Serve with some nice crusty bread which I didn't have any of.
Result? Pretty good. I think it needed more seasoning. I did throw a little salt and pepper in after putting meatballs in the soup. I wanted to make it first without seasoning since there are seasonings in the stuffing mix and didn't want them to be overwhelming in case I guessed wrong. Maybe a little cheese or bacon in the meatballs? The meatballs stayed very tender.
Oh, I called it meatloaf soup since I put all the ingredients in the meatballs that I normally put in my meatloaf.
Off to frost a cake-nothing homemade, just out of the Pillsbury box. But yellow cake and chocolate frosting might make me feel better! Then off to work. Long week this week, so will probably cook on Weds and Thurs this week to get some stuff up.
More snow coming. I just want to wear short sleeves and put on my flip flops and wash my car. Sigh.