Romanian meatball soup - Ciorba de perisoare

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Romanian cuisine is known for its emphasis on soups, my favorite being a meatball soup called "ciorba de perisoare" (pronounced chore-ba de perry-shwar-eh). We had it all the time when I was a child, back in Romania.
Romanians divide soups into two main categories: "supa" and "ciorba", the latter referring to recipes that have a distinct sour flavor to them.

This recipe is a "ciorba", pretty easy to make, and it takes about 40 minutes from start to finish.


1 lb of ground beef (ground chicken or pork are an alternative)
5 celery sticks
2 potatoes
2 tomatoes
1 green bell pepper (or red)
1 1/2 small onions (or a big onion)
2 eggs
1 cup of white flour
3 tbsp tomato sauce
1 lemon
1 tbsp oil
a bunch of fresh parsley
12 cups of water

Step 1: Step 1

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To begin, prepare your  vegetables by washing them.
For this step you will use your celery, tomatoes, bell pepper and 1 onion.
Add 12 cups of water in a pot, and put it to boil.
In the meantime, cut your vegetables as small as you can. For the carrots I used a grater.
When the water is boiling, add your  cut vegetables and 1 tsp of salt, and cover it.
Let everything boil for about 10-12 minutes.

vince.rossiii9 months ago

Made today for some Romanian friends of mine. It turned out very well, but I didn't think it was sour enough. I added another 3 tablespoons of lemon and it helped a lot...otherwise a great dish and pretty easy to make.

What a great surprise! Gonna try the recipe today. Wondering if I should add rice to the meatball.

Deci arata genial. SUPER! :) 5 stelute :D
godfish2 years ago
your photos show carrots but your instructions don't mention them? does the recipe call for carrots I made this tonight without the carrots, is still great.
widget20073 years ago
you can flour the top of the rolled out dough, then roll it up and slice the roll to make the noodles, I find this method is easier, The soup sounds great, when the weather cools off enough for soup, four months or so, I am going to try it.
OT43 years ago
Cool. Im romanian too. I can speak it easily but i cant write it that well.
Felicitarile mele pentru postare.
Sincer nu ma asteptam la asa ceva, dar ma bucura acest fapt.
Sper sa ai mult succes, mai ales ca mancarea traditionala romaneasca este recunoscuta pe intreg mapamondul.
Succes in continuare.
BADMANU (author)  cojocariulaurian4 years ago
multumesc frumos! nu uita sa votezi :)
jensmetals4 years ago
I just made this soup for dinner.
It was great, and so easy to make.
Even my picky hubby liked it.
BADMANU (author)  jensmetals4 years ago
Great! I'm so happy you liked it. What's great about it is that it stays in the fridge for about a week. thanks for your comment!
DonQuijote4 years ago
what a pleasant surprise to see romanina cuisine on instructables.

you may guess twice what i will eat today.

da: o sa mananc ciorba de perisoare!
BADMANU (author)  DonQuijote4 years ago
pofta buna!
CrLz4 years ago
Dobru' chut'!