No matter how hard I try to think and dig my brain, there would not be any interesting memories about soup from my childhood! I don’t think Mom ever made a soup from scratch. It was always the instant, packaged soup that was quickly whipped up to keep us warm during the monsoon season. And, we always loved those packaged soups.
Irrespective of the season, a soup can be the most comforting meal to enjoy with some bread on the side.
Although, we mostly prefer a creamy vegetable soup for dinner, this light clear soup was a delightful treat for the tummy. Fresh vegetables, flavored with spices and herbs, meatballs for the extra protein and orzo for that starchy creaminess in the broth.
I am sure even noodles or spaghetti will taste great along with the meatballs. I just decided to use orzo as it’s my personal favorite pasta for any soup. And, it fits perfectly fine next to the tiny meatballs. That’s just my silly theory!
For my vegetarian friends who don’t eat meat, I am sure that veg balls will taste equally good. Grate some veggies, add dried herbs or spices, mix it properly, bind it with little bit of flour and you are set to make veg balls for the soup.
The meatballs should be made before you start preparing the soup. It’s just pan fried to give a golden crust and later dropped in the soup to cook through.
This soup doesn’t have any rules and you can throw whatever vegetables you like in the pot. Just cook the veggies until they’re tender and soup will be ready for supper. Inspiration for this recipe came from the Bon Appetite Magazine
If you are wondering why the bread looks orange? It’s the compound butter, which I am finding really hard to stay away from!