Polish Beef Soup With Liver Balls


This is an old Polish classic recipe. Serve over noodles.

4 servings


  • 1 cup ground chicken liver

  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon dried marjoram

  • teaspoon ground mace

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds short rib steaks

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced

  • 3 stalks chopped celery, with leaves

  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 carrots, halved

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped

  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley


  1. Combine liver, bread crumbs, flour, eggs, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, marjoram, mace, and garlic. Mix thoroughly. Let meatball mixture stand.

  2. Rinse ribs, and place in large stock pot. Add onions, celery, 4 teaspoons salt, pepper, water, carrots, tomatoes, and parsley. Cover, and bring to a boil. Skim surface of soup. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is tender.

  3. Remove meat, bones, and carrots from soup. Cut meat and carrots into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Bring to a boil.

  4. Shape meatball mixture into balls the size of golf balls; drop into soup. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1009 Calories
68g Fat
40g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1009
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g 88%
Saturated Fat 27g 136%
Cholesterol 451mg 150%
Sodium 3355mg 146%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 69mg 343%
Calcium 180mg 14%
Iron 13mg 70%
Potassium 1507mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.