This is my number-one soup recipe, perfect for a cold rainy day, handed down to me by my mother. I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family has.

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Stock:
Meatballs:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Pour water into a large stockpot over high heat. Stir in 3 cups tomato sauce, yellow onion, chicken bouillon, garlic, and 1 tablespoon dried oregano. Bring broth to a slow boil.

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  • Combine ground beef, eggs, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, white rice, 1/4 cup cilantro, seasoned salt, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and cumin in a large bowl. Squeeze mixture with your hands until thoroughly mixed.

  • Scoop 1/4 cup of beef mixture and form in a ball. Lower gently into boiling broth. Repeat with remaining beef mixture.

  • Stir potatoes, carrots, and celery into the broth. Cover and simmer until meatballs and potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cabbage. Cover and simmer until cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and garnish with avocado and 1/4 cup cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Vegetables can be varied to your liking (corn, bell peppers, squash, etc).

Lean ground beef is preferred for a healthier, less fatty stock. Chicken broth can be substituted for the water and chicken bouillon for a richer stock, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 29.2g 58% DV; carbohydrates 29.5g 10% DV; fat 15.3g 24% DV; cholesterol 127.8mg 43% DV; sodium 1125.3mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2019
I loved it! I made only half of the listed volume and it was a full pot so I recommend using only 1 -1 1/2 ponds of beef and cut all other ingredients in half. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2019
It was all right. But I think I cook the meatballs just a little bit too long because they were just a tab dry. A lot of ingredients to enjoyed it thank you for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2019
I loved it! I made only half of the listed volume and it was a full pot so I recommend using only 1 -1 1/2 ponds of beef and cut all other ingredients in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2017
We liked these albondigas and thought the soup was very tasty. I left out the zucchini and cabbage only because we're not used to having them in our albondiga soup. Other than that, absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2019
Made my own tomato sauce by blending 4 tomatoes, 1/4 of an onion, about 6 cilantro leaves, and the minced garlic cloves. I halfed the recipe because I was only making some for 2 people and wanted to have some left overs for lunches. I also used about half a cup of cooked Mexican rice instead of the uncooked rice.I have also made this recipe in the past using ground turkey for a healthier option. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2019
Very tasty and easy to make. The flavor really comes together when the meatballs are added to the soup base and they cook. The rice gives the meatballs a different flavor twist as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2017
Loved it and so did my boyfriend. I changed it up a bit. I used already made chicken broth and also used baby zucchini and carrots. I used about 1/2 cup Kale instead of cabbage too. He want me to make this every week! OMG! Haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2019
My go to soup on a cold rainy day or any time i crave it which is often! I sub the ground beef for ground turkey and water for chicken broth per your suggestions and I also sub tomato sauce for a can of diced tomatoes. If I don't have zucchini I sometimes add a can of green beans. Always delicious the best soup ever! I have shared your recipe with others and they also agree. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2019
I used mint instead of cilantro. It's not like my moms and grandma recipe but I like trying different things! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2017
I made it and my husband loved it. Yummy on a cold rainy day. Thanks Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2019
This is the most delicious soup and easy to make.Thank you. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2019
It was all right. But I think I cook the meatballs just a little bit too long because they were just a tab dry. A lot of ingredients to enjoyed it thank you for sharing Read More