The meatball soup is one of the most popular dishes in Romania.
It is easy to cook, but you need to be very careful, because the meatballs may easily break up. To make this soup, you need around 750 grams of minced beef, a piece of meat on the bone, two carrots, a parsnip and a parsley root. You also need a celery stalk, a cup of rice, an onion, two eggs, tomato juice, one bunch of parsley and another of dill.
Bring the beef on the bone to the boil in a 4-litre pot, skim the scum rising to the surface, then add all the grated vegetable roots. You can also add red peppers and tomatoes, also finely chopped. Take out the beef after it has boiled, cut the meat into small pieces and then put the pieces back in the liquid they boiled in.
Slice the onion, then mix it in a bowl with the minced meat, the eggs, the finely-chopped dill, the rice, after washing it first, and a pinch of salt. After about 20 minutes, mould little meatballs, then put them in the pot where you had the vegetables boil. Add the tomato juice and bring back to boil. Remove the pot from the heat, then add the finely-chopped parsley. Add a bit of cream after you have filled your soup plates with the thick soup, which also goes with a hot pepper. Enjoy!