Sulu Kofte - Turkish Meatball Soup
Sulu Kofte is a rich and hearty Turkish Meatball Soup / Stew consisting of juicy meatballs and vegetables cooked in a tomatoey broth.
Servings: 4 people
For the Meatballs
- 500 g minced meat (beef, lamb or a mixture)
- 1 large onion (grated)
- 100 g bulgur wheat (fine or medium grade)
- 15 g breadcrumbs
- 1 small egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon flaked chilli (pul biber)
- ½ teaspoon dried mint
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
For the Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon red pepper paste
- 2 medium potatoes (approximately 400 grams)
- 2 medium carrots (approximately 250 grams)
- 850 ml water or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoon plain flour (for dusting the meatballs)
Preparing the Meatballs
Place the mince, onion, bulgur wheat, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, dried mint, salt, chilli flakes, and freshly ground black pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Mix everything together until it’s thoroughly combined, then continue kneading it for another two minutes.
Shape them into small meatballs, as they will expand when cooked. Use water to wet your hands while shaping to ensure they do not stick to your palms.
Place them on a large plate or tray, sprinkle on some flour making sure they are all nicely covered.
Preparing the Soup
Melt the butter in a dutch oven or a heavy-based pan on medium heat and then add the pepper paste.
Cook the pepper paste for a few minutes before adding the potatoes and carrots.
Sauté the vegetables for a minute and then add the vegetable stock (or water) along with the meatballs.
Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat and gently simmer for 45 minutes or until the carrots are cooked.
Remove it from the heat and serve immediately with a slice of crusty bread!
Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 1130mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5572IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 5mg