Cabbage Dill Soup with Chicken Meatballs

  in Recipes, Soups and Stews

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, butter, or bacon grease
1 onion, chopped
3 heaping cups chopped green cabbage
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1 medium potato, diced
4 cups chicken broth
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste

For the meatballs:
1 lb ground chicken
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 shallot, minced
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried dill

  1. Heat the fat in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, cabbage, and carrot and saute 5 minutes until softened. Add the diced tomatoes, broth, dill, paprika, and a sprinkling of salt. Bring to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for about 25 minutes until cabbage is soft. Add the potato and cook another 10 minutes.
  2. While the soup is simmering, mix together the chicken, breadcrumbs, shallot, egg, salt, pepper, and dill. Form into small balls. Drop the meatballs on top of the soup. Cover pot completely and continue cooking for about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove lid and stir meatballs into soup. Taste and add additional salt and black pepper if needed.