My boys all looked at it funny, but it was seriously yummy. We even invented a song for it -
On top of Red Mountain
All covered with broth
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody coughed.....
1 large carrot, peeled then pureed
1/2 onion, pureed
1 to 2 pound ground beef
1 to 2 tsp. sea salt
(pepper would be good too, but only one of my kids likes it)
1 to 2 cups beef broth (for simmering)
Mix carrots, onion and salt with the ground beef. Bring the broth to a boil in a large pan. Once it's boiling, form the beef mixture into meatballs and gently place into pan. Reduce heat, cover with the lid and let simmer for 30 minutes or so. I took the lid off after that and let some of the broth evaporate (reduce) so it wasn't quite so soupy.
For the Red Mountain -
I brought a large pot of water to a boil, added a bit of salt and then the following:
1 beet, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
several handfuls butternut squash
1/2 head cauliflower, stalks removed
1 zucchini - big chunks
I added the beets, carrots and squash first. After they had softened up a bit I added the cauliflower and after 5 to 10 minutes added the zucchini. When they had all been boiled into submission I drained the pot and added a bit of chicken broth. I attacked them with my immersion blender until they were totally pureed. The result was a deep red pile of mushy veggies (with a green fleck here and there - I should have peeled the zucchini).
To serve I put a pile of Red in a bowl then scooped a few meatballs on top with some broth.
They devoured the meatballs. I could have easily doubled the batch and they would have eaten them too. It was more work to get them to eat the Red Mountain.