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Last week I shared my creamy chicken soup – the absolute best way to make chicken soup! This week I’m sharing my other favorite soup: my Perfect Meatball Soup.
For the past 3-4 weeks, I have been eating at least one serving of each of these every day. And, I swear, every batch I make tastes better and better. Now that I have perfected the recipes, I find these two soups to be incredibly satisfying and I don’t get sick of them. Having a chicken soup and a meatball soup to rotate between gives all the variety I need.
No, really! When it comes to GAPS Intro, simplicity wins. By always having a chicken soup and a meatball soup that I find extremely satisfying available, I don’t have to meal plan. I simply make a new batch once I run out. I don’t think about it, and I always have choices for what I can eat. I get to pick my soup and any GAPS-legal add-ins I want: egg yolk, avocado, the animal fat of my choice, etc. For me, that is more than enough. And it’s delicious.
The secret to this perfect meatball soup is giving the meat good flavor. With both GAPS Intro and the Autoimmune Protocol, there are not very many spice options. With GAPS Intro, one is further restricted by the requirement that meat be boiled during the first few phases. I found that salt and pureed onions really help the meat shine. Once I could add dried spices, I added Penzey’s Bavarian Seasoning (which is not AIP-friendly) and made them even better!
Perfect Meatball Soup
This perfect Meatball Soup is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, nightshade-free, coconut-free, and egg-free. It is safe for those on any stage of GAPS Intro or Autoimmune Paleo. At the same time, it is delicious enough that anyone will love it, and it can be easily adapted to your tastes and dietary allowances.
To be honest, what truly made this meatball soup perfect was adding butter. I added a stick of butter (8 tbsp) to the broth and veggies and cooked all of those together. Wow. This produced literally the best soup I have ever tasted. However, even without the butter, this soup is still pretty dang good. Don’t let your dairy-free lifestyle deter you from enjoying this amazing meatball soup!
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