Meat Feast Soup with Couscous Meat Feast Soup with Couscous

Meat Feast Soup with Couscous

Hearty warming meal in a bowl for hungry mouths. Beef mince meatballs cooked in a tomato based soup with cous cous

prep time
10 mins

cook time
40 minutes

serves
6 people

Ingredients

  • 375g/12oz lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, peeled and grated
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped mint or parsley
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 10ml/2tsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 850ml/1½pint good, hot vegetable stock
  • 175g/6oz Savoy or green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 50g/2oz dried plain couscous
  • 50g/2oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Method

  1. Put the mince, onion, garlic, herbs and seasoning in a large bowl. Mix together and shape into twenty to twenty-four 2.5cm (1inch) balls.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the meatballs for 4-6 minutes until brown. Spoon off any excess fat.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add the cabbage and couscous. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with the grated cheese, if used and serve immediately.