Hard to pronounce. Hard to spell. Takes forever to make. But this is good. Really good.
When full beef tenderloins are on sale I find it hard to resist buying one. I usually get at least 10 decent steaks, a small roast and enough chunks from the ends and the “chain” to make a large stew. The chain is the long piece that’s easily pulled off the length of the tenderloin. You can use stewing beef in this recipe but if you’re making something that sounds this fancy, it deserves the premium beef!
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The first time I made this was right after New Years, after eating lots of leftover turkey and the finishing up the last of the baking and treats still hanging around from the holidays. Beef Noodle Pho is a healthy AND tasty meal. It’s also inexpensive and quick to prepare so you have no excuses! And if you’re making it in the summer it doesn’t heat up the kitchen much and most of the veggies can be local. Feel free to use whatever is in season.
If you haven’t tried Pho, it’s a Vietnamese dish. It’s pronounced “fuh.” The broth is made with spices you may associate with sweet flavours like cinnamon and cloves, however it’s not sweet. But don’t worry, you can buy the broth ready made and it’s pretty good!
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The idea for this soup came when I was making cabbage rolls. Huh? Yes! From Kraków to Tijuana. I had a mixture of ground pork and beef and wasn’t going to need all of it. And I had extra cooked rice and tomato juice. So it reminded me of a soup my mom makes called Mexican Meatball Soup. I’m not sure where she got the recipe but it’s tasty and spicy. It has meatballs held together with sticky cooked rice. I make terrible rice. It’s always sticky. It’s perfect for this!
I didn’t want to call this Mexican Meatball Soup because it isn’t like the traditional Albondigas which is the real deal. So I thought, “Do you wanna meatball soup?” Get it?
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There’s something satisfying about making soup. More than just making something that costs almost nothing, it’s taking leftovers and turning them into something tasty and even nutritious. If you’ve cooked a prime rib, save the bones and any leftover meat and make Beef Vegetable Soup.
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This is not sophisticated but it’s delicious and total comfort food! And it’s a great way to repurpose some leftovers. So next time you’re making mashed potatoes, be sure to add a few extra potatoes to the pot so you have an excuse to make Shepherd’s Pie.
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