Meatball Lemon Soup


Serve hot as a main dish with maybe some yogurt added in the bowl. Try substituting mint for the dill in the meatballs or cooking them in beef broth instead of water for variety. Add a couple of chile peppers if you're feeling daring.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 onion, shredded

  • ½ cup uncooked white rice

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour for coating

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup lemon juice


  1. Fill a large soup pot three-quarters full with water and bring to a boil.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine beef, onion, rice, parsley, dill, olive oil, cumin, mayonnaise, carrot, salt and pepper. Form into small meatballs and coat each meatball in flour. Ease the meatballs into the boiling water, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are no longer pink and soup has thickened slightly, 15 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs with lemon juice. Stir a spoonful of hot soup into egg mixture and beat well. Then pour egg mixture into soup and stir. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

578 Calories
28g Fat
52g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 578
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* 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.