Aaaaand…we’re back to another soup recipe! But hey, it’s still winter, and I feel like I’d be letting you down if I didn’t supply you with plenty of warm, one-bowl-meal options. This recipe is from my third cookbook, “A Bowl of Comfort: Soups, Dips, Sides, and Desserts – 44 Clean Reinventions.” Since there’s nothing I like more than food served in a bowl, why not make an homage to it with a cache of clean recipes?
This soup recipe was given to me when I was a reporter for a daily newspaper in upstate New York back in the ’90s. As a food writer, it was my job to showcase our seemingly homogeneous community’s ethnic diversity through recipes from around the world. Viorica ‘Lily’ Dinu was a woman of remarkable character and one of the best cooks I’ve ever encountered. She baked like a trained pastry chef, churning out delectable cakes and mousses on instinct, no recipe required. And she also made unforgettable soups. One night a few weeks ago, while rifling through my recipe clippings, I came across Lily’s Romanian meatball soup recipe. Alas, all I had available was leftover ground beef. So I improvised, and the result was STILL delicious. As always, I subbed chevre for the sour cream called for. It works like a charm.