I had the surprise of my life (as far as soups go) about a month ago when I tried “Albondigas Logas” soup (Crazy Meatball Soup) From the very tame appearance, I wasn’t expecting the warm, bold flavor to appeal to me. I went back at least three times for just a little more - trying to figure out “what’s IN this?”
I’m not usually a fan of buffet restaurants - you know the kind I’m talking about. Line up, take a tray, walk down the sneeze-guard covered stainless steel rack and take what appeals to you.
My daughter & her husband took me out to Sweet Tomatoes (also known as Souplantation in some parts of the country) on a busy Friday evening. Salad is always a good idea on a Friday night - when I am typically tempted to overindulge at a restaurant. We checked out the “hot bar” area, where they had all kinds of things to supplement the salad we had just filled up on.
|This is what the soup looks like at Sweet Tomatoes|
|This is the made-at-home version (a little 'fresher-looking'?)|
That’s where I discovered this strange soup. It didn’t look especially appetizing, but the title intrigued me. I took a small helping, garnished it with tortilla strips, sour cream, cheese, and a few other ingredients - and it didn’t take me long to realize I LOVED this soup.
You’ll just have to try it. When you make it at home, it will HAVE to appear more appetizing - since it’s not cooking all day in a steam kettle. The flavor has a hint of Southwest, but it also has a downhome, hearty personality that is perfect for a cold night.
There are very few online versions of whatever defines this as “Crazy Meatball Soup”. I had to go from my memory of what I saw in the soup, along with the flavors I tried to guess. I think I got it pretty close - and if not, I just might like this better than the original.
Enjoy a hot bowl with diced avocados, additional chopped cilantro, a helping of cheese - and don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lime (that puts it over the top, in my opinion)
For my (best guess) recipe version of this great soup, go to: