Mini Meatball Broth – Onepot meal
I introduced you to a giant meatball earlier this month, now it’s time to eat the miniature ones. They’re not just cute, they’re delicious!
You don’t need a stock to make this broth because you make it yourself. Then, the vegetables come out of the pan, to serve as a side dish, and then meat balls, and pastina go in to turn this dish into a one pot meal!
Pastina is a miniature pasta, usually stars, or little rigatoni called dialtini. Use the smallest pastina you can get your hands on – not couscous – and then cook in the broth according to package instructions. If you can’t find any pastina, you can cut tagliatelle into little squares, or break spaghetti into small noodles.
|Pressure Cooker Mini Meatball Broth
For the Miniature Meat balls:
1 lb. or 500gr of Ground Veal
1/4 cup of ground Parmiggiano Reggiano
1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
salt and pepper
For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cups or 1.5 Liters of Water
1 Celery Stalk, cut in half
2 Medium Potatoes, whole
2 Carrots, peeled
1 Onion, halved
3 Tomatoes, halved
2 tsp. Salt
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
8 oz. or 200 gr. pastina
In a large mixing bowl mix the veal, cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Using a melonballer, dose out the right amount of meat mixture and make little meat balls. Make them smaller than you think you will need because they will almost double in size when cooked.
In the pressure cooker make the vegetable stock by adding all of the vegetables, water and salt in the pot. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker and turn the heat to high. When the pan reaches pressure, lower the flame to minimum heat and count 10 minutes cooking time under pressure. When time is up, bring the pan to the sink, pour cold water over the top, and open the pan. Delicately remove out all of the vegetables and place on a serving dish except for the tomatoes (leave those in). If you see any tomato skins floating around, you can remove and discard those. Taste the broth and adjust salt and pepper according to taste.
In the meantime, make a vinaigrette with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar by putting them in a small vase and shaking vigorously and pour on the vegetables you previously pulled out of the pressure cooker — they are now your side dish!