Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3/4 cup short-grain white rice

  2. 1 1/2 cups water

  3. 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  4. 2 white onions , diced

  5. 1/2 lb ground pork

  6. 1/2 lb ground beef

  7. 1 egg

  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  9. 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

  11. 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  12. 1 clove garlic , minced

  13. 1 zucchini , diced

  14. 2 carrots , peeled and diced

  15. 2 ripe tomatoes , peeled, seeded and diced

  16. 6 cups chicken broth Cilantro Pesto

  17. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  18. 1 fresh mint sprig, stemmed and chopped Juice of

  19. 2 limes

  20. 2 tablespoons olive oil

  21. 2 tablespoons water

  22. 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Place the rice in a heatproof bowl. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the rice. Let soak for 40 minutes, then drain; set aside. Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Add 1 of the onions and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a bowl, combine the pork, beef, cooled onion, soaked rice, egg, cumin, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Using your hands, mix well and form into 1-inch balls. In a large soup pot over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the remaining onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini, carrots and tomatoes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, stir well and bring to a boil. Carefully slip the meatballs into the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered until the meatballs are fully cooked, about 45 minutes. Stir in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. While the soup simmers, make the cilantro pesto: In a mini food processor or a blender, combine the cilantro, mint, lime juice, olive oil, water and salt. Process to a paste. Ladle the soup into warmed soup bowls and top each serving with a dollop of cilantro pesto. Serve at once.


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