1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb bulk pork sausage (or another half pound of ground beef)
1 1/2 tsp salt
dash of freshly ground black pepper
4 cups water
1 envelope (4-serving size) onion soup mix
1 can (15 1/4-oz) red kidney beans, drained
1 can (14 1/2-oz) stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 cup brown minute rice
2 tbsp chopped parsley
To make meatballs:
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, sausage, egg, salt, and pepper thoroughly; shape into tiny meatballs. Brown lightly in skillet.
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in the onion soup mix. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the meatballs, beans, tomatoes, and carrots; simmer another 15 minutes. Stir in the rice; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
Add the parsley before serving.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.