Rice and Turkey Meatball Soup

If you are like me, sometimes you will find yourself at home trying to figure out what to cook for dinner with little or practically no ingredients...Well, that happened last week.  I had to improvise. All I had was rice, ground turkey, and spices.  Good thing I didn't panic! I remembered a very quick, yet delicious dish my mom used to cook when we were little.... Which makes me wonder if she came up with this recipe when she was in the same lack-of-ingredients dilemma.  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb of ground turkey or lean ground beef 93%
  • one onion finely chopped
  • half of a red pepper and half of a green pepper finely chopped
  • two cups of long grain white rice 
  • one teaspoon of minced garlic
  • paprika (about one tablespoon)
  • one teaspoon of olive oil
  • breadcrumbs
  • one egg
  • salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

in a big pot, saute half of the chopped onions and half of the peppers until soft.  Add the garlic, and the paprika and let it simmer for a few minutes.  Add about 8 cups of water and bring to a boil in high heat.  

IN A SEPARATE BOWL prepare your meatballs- small/medium bite size.  Add the remaining onions and peppers to the ground meat and mix well.  Add salt, pepper, and any meat spice you desire.  Add one egg and breadcrumbs until you are able to form the meatballs without them falling apart.  

Once the water mixture is boiling in the pot, add the meatballs one by one.  Make sure that the water is boiling so the meatballs do not fall apart.  Add the rice at this point and lower the heat to a medium-high.  Cook for about 30 minutes or until the meat is cooked.  The rice will cook and grow.  You can add more water if necessary.  

Serve immediately and enjoy!  

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