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Meatball Lentil Soup

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"I love albondiga (meatball) soup and came up with this recipe to include lentils. I just added the vegetables and broth I had on hand. I'm sure this could easily be made in a slow cooker, but I prefer the stovetop method to make my house smell wonderful! If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them! Serve with crusty bread and extra cilantro on top if preferred."
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1 h 20 m servings 435
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Combine water, tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro, serrano pepper, garlic, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil. Add lentils and onion and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer, stirring after 10 minutes, about 25 minutes total.
  2. While soup is simmering, mix ground beef, rice, bread crumbs, milk, garlic powder, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Mix to combine and form into small meatballs. Add to the pot, making sure they are covered with liquid, adding a small amount of water if necessary.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir gently; add potato and carrot and cover. Let simmer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You could easily use beef or vegetable broth in place of chicken broth. If you use a full-sodium broth, use less salt in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 435 calories; 8.4 60.4 27.9 38 521 Full nutrition

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