Gluten-free Dairy-Free Kosher Aromatic Lamb Meatball Soup

Lamb, cilantro and green onions may not sound good but it is fantastic!

Many of the recipes on this site are adaptations of existing recipes. I did not invent key lime pie, I just figured out how to remove gluten and dairy without it becoming a project. I did not invent meatballs. I did however, invent this soup from whole cloth. I never had anything like it, but I had a batch of not quite perfect lamb mini-meatballs and was trying to use up cilantro in my refrigerator when I had a brain cramp. I threw in the healthiest wildest ingredients I could think of and I made soup.

It sounded wrong but it tasted fantastic. It was my son’s new favorite dinner.

Once you have the mini-meatballs the rest of this soup is a 15 minute meal. You can use up leftover meatballs this way, or you can do what we now do and make the meatballs expressly for use in the soup. This recipe can be made kosher for Passover using Manischevitz noodles in place of rice pasta. The one issue you may have is whether or not cumin is kitinyot. I got different answers from different websites. I would not make this recipe without cumin.

The meatball recipe is on a different post in this blog. You can find that here

lamb mini meatballs (36)
2 c loosely packed cilantro
2 c green onions
4 c (or more depending on preferences and pasta) chicken stock (you can use the Better than bouillon concentrate packets from Trader Joe’s)
1 to 1 1/2 cups small rice pasta (elbows or smaller, we use little shapes from tinkyada. change to an appropriate pasta if using for Passover)
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste

Pot large enough to hold all ingredients
Measuring cups and spoons
Wooden spoon for stirring
Ladle for serving
paring knife and cutting board for chopping cilantro and green onions

Put stock (or buillon cubes in water) in pot and turn heat to high
Add cumin
Bring to a boil
Add pasta and bring to boil again
Add meatballs and green onion and cook until pasta is done
Remove soup from heat
Stir cilantro leaves into soup. They will wilt immediately

Serve hot