Spaghetti soup? Yes, spaghetti soup! This weekend I was celebrating my birthday and because my circle of friends has started to expand with little creatures running around my birthday starts in the afternoon. Which is fine by me, because that leaves me with enough time in the morning to prepare everything, but not having to plan my whole day around it.

But normally people leave before dinner (I believe it’s a ‘thing’ in the Netherlands), but I hate it when people leave just because it’s close to dinnertime so I usually take care of something to eat. Always something easy, a few years ago I made a ‘salad buffet’, and  Starlit spicy lemon chicken wraps  (I’m gonna make this vegetarian-style in a few weeks I think). This year I wanted something I could make in the morning, because that’s just a bit easier because it doesn’t require me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen around dinnertime.
First I wanted to make spaghetti, but when I make my ‘Bolognese’-sauce it would have to be on the stove for a few hours and with kids running around, not very safe…

So, I just turned it into soup. Actually, I just added a lot more water, boiled pasta in the soup and called it soup. It’s not that hard 😛

Ow, and the end result of my Birthday Cake. It was tasty! Just hoping to get it a bit more fluffy next time 🙂

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What do you need? (12 servings)

  • 2 large onions
  • 1 stalk of Celery
  • few carrots (I got smaller ones, so I used about 6)
  • 1 paprika
  • 3 cans of tomatoes
  • 1 litre of (vegetable) stock
  • 250 gr. of little meatballs (I bought mine in the store)
  • spices
  • 200 gr. of spaghetti

If you’re not serving this to kids you can add a small bottle of red wine to this, but I just added a can of water extra. I know the alchohol will cook out, but I’m not taking any chances…

Start by chopping up all the veggies (leave the onion a side), wash them and let the water drain. spaghettisoup2

In a large pot (I borrowed one from my mom, I don’t own one that’s this large) bake the onion for a minute in a little bit of oil. Add the rest of the veggies and give them a good stir.

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Once the veggies are getting nice and brown, add the 3 cans of tomatoes, stock,  wine/water and spices of your liking (I used peper, salt, garlic, oregano). And finish off with prices of spaghetti. Leave to simmer for about half an hour.

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Since I added meatballs to the soup I took out some soup for me and saved in a separate pot. I added the meatballs and left it to simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Package said they would take up to 10 minutes, so I kinda took it’s word for it. I’m going to reheat it later anyways, so they can cook a little bit then.

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When I was done, I just closed the lit and left it on the stove.

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At dinnertime I baked pancakes for my ‘little guests’, which turned out a big succes. I think I have a play-date with a 2,5 year old in a few weeks. The soup was served with some bread and herbal butter. Since I have nothing left I think it was a great succes 😛

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