Soup with Meat Balls ( Shawrabt el Ima)

Hello everyone,

I realized today that I have been away for three weeks. I had a very bad flu that put me in bed for few days. When I felt better and moved out of bed I had dizziness that make me feel really bad. The weather in Lebanon during this autumn is very unreliable. Flu is everywhere. So finally I’m here, back again 🙂

The first meal I cooked when I was sick is this soup with meat balls, to make me feel better. The first time I had this soup was at my mother-in-law’s house, and it was so warming and delicious – and very suited for the cold seasons, I liked it a lot and took the recipe from her.


  • 300 grams minced beef
  • 1/2 cup short grain rice ( I use the Italian one)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil


  • Mix the meat with half teaspoon salt and a dash of black pepper, and shape it into small balls
  • In a pot, heat the oil and fry the meat malls until brown, remove them and place on a kitchen towel paper to remove the excess of oil
  • In the same oil fry the onion until slightly golden, the add the rice and cover with about 5 cups of water. Let it boil, then simmer covered on low fire until the rice is tender, then add the meat balls
  • Add the tomato puree to the soup, add the remaining salt and pepper and adjust the seasoning. Cover and let it cook slowly for few minutes
  • When you put the fire off, add the chopped parsley



  1. I have so very missed you and was getting concerned, now I see for good reason. So glad you are feeling better! Welcome back!!! Your soup looks so very wonderful and hopefully will bring you back to perfect health!

  2. So glad you are felling better!!
    Your soup looks like the perfect cure for flu 🙂 Lovely Nina!

  3. Nothing like a hot bowl of soup to put one right! Bonne recuperation!

  4. Glad you’re feeling better. Take care.

  5. Hey there! Glad you’re back and hope you’re feeling better! This soup looks yuuuummmmy- what gives it that pretty golden color? I expected the tomato to make it reddish but it looks like cozy chicken soup with meatballs. I’m freezing cold all the time and love soup recipes!

  6. Looks yummy!

  7. marhaba. nice to have you back…when do i add the meatballs making this tonite!

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