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Albondigas Meatball Soup

Here's another take on a classic soup, try this Albondigas-Meatball Soup. It's a wonderful meat soup recipe that many are sure to enjoy.


  • 1 can (large) solid pack tomatoes
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 fresh green chile peppers
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt, cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound lean ground pork or pork sausage
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs


  1. Put tomatoes and water to boil.
  2. Saute garlic, one onion and one chopped, seeded chile in oil.
  3. Add chili powder and one half cup of soup water to vegetables.
  4. Stir until smooth and add to soup. Season with one quarter teaspoon oregano, salt Cayenne. Continue simmering.
  5. To make meat balls, combine meat, other onion, other chile pepper, seeded and chopped, one quarter tsp oregano, salt, corn meal, and eggs.
  6. Mix by hand for at least 10 minutes until everything is incorporated.
  7. Gently pat out the albondigas the size of walnuts (and fill with desired fillings - a stuffed green olive, a wedge of boiled egg or chopped nuts) and drop into soup.
  8. Cook for another hour. Serve soup in large bowls with toasted French bread and fresh salsa.

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This would be a very hardy soup. Corn meal to make meatballs is a different twist. Why would you mix everything for ten minutes? That seems excessive. Does it matter what you stuff in the middle of the meatball? Since I have never heard of this, I don't have a clue what would work and what wouldn't.

Hi cschwab1939 9797311, Because our recipes are user submitted, they often do not include a serving number. If you make it, please let us know how many servings you got out of it and we will happily add that to the recipe! Thanks! -Editors of RecipeLion

Wish you would include number of servings on all your recipes.

@debbier 6611788 - You're right, traditionally this soup does use mint, but there are many different ways you can make it. -The editors of RecipeLion

There is supposed to be mint to make this authenic.

@Mona Lisa --- are you sure it's a Mexican dish? Not Italian?

7/7/10 Looking for a recipe similiar to this, I believe it is called WEDDING SOUP, would any of the readers here have this recipe ? Thanks

the way my mom taught me to make wedding soup is make a basic chicken soup take meat off cooked chicken add back to soup.. take abbout a lb of ground beef and make marble sized meatballs, drop them in the simmering chicken broth.. then clean and cut up escarole the dark parts only and simmer longer until the escarole and meatballs are cooked.. and season. thats it.. and i am italian. :-)

**** i forget to mention to add pastina pasta to the soup also.. the little stars or any very small pasta such as alphabets


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