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Sulu Kofte- Turkish soup with meatballs
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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. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Diet: Low Lactose
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 568kcal
Author: Ayla Clulee


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