If you are Dutch, then you already know all about this soup! For those of you who always wanted to make it, but never knew how, here you go!
What is “Groentesoep”?
Groentesoep met Balletjes is a typical Dutch Vegetable Soup. Literary translated Vegetable soup with balls.
Vegetable soup (‘groentesoep’) is a clear soup based with a vegetable or beef stock, filled with several vegetables and we love it with vermicelli and meatballs (‘met balletjes’). In the past, a small bowl of soup was often served as an entree at dinner time. Nowadays, it is also served as a complete meal together with bread or at lunch.
I make meatballs straight from the hamburger, just a small ball in the palm of your hand, and drop them in the boiling water. The little meatballs, of course, can be made in a variety of ways, but I make a simple version.
Add contents of Honing Soup Mix package to 6 cups of cold water and bring to a boil while occasionally stirring with a whisk. Once the broth is boiling, add carrots, celery, vermicelli, and meatballs. Reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are fork-tender, and meatballs are cooked through.
Partially cover the pot with a lid and bring to a slow boil for 10 minutes.
Serve with bread, ham buns or crackers.
From our house to yours, “eet smakelijk” it is Dutch for “enjoying your meal”.
Glen and Lisa
*The Honig soup mix and other products can be purchased here in Lynden at The Fair Market, Edaleen Store, Green Barn or if you don’t have a place near you, it can be purchased on Amazon.