Grandma's Meatball Soup Recipe

Grandma's Meatball Soup Recipe

Updated 11/16/22

Grandmas Meatball Soup Recipe
Grandmas Meatball Soup Recipe

"Enjoy this beautiful meatball soup all throughout the year, especially in the cold season. It warms up your whole being. It is one of those really addictive dishes. My kids are addicted to this and I have to say I still am and probably always will be. All it takes is about 20 min of your time, the rest is left for boiling so let the stove do all the work for you. This is a delightful and hearty meatball soup that contains freshly homemade meatballs and freshly chopped vegetables, all simmered in a rich tomato broth. Perfect lunch or dinner served with some freshly baked bread. Oh,la,la!"

Serves4 People

Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time45 min


  • Preparing the meatballs: 500 g beef mince
  • 1 small onion
  • 50 g rice
  • 1-2 eggs (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper freshly ground
  • Preparing the soup: 1.5 l water
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 large carrot


  1. In a bowl, put the mince meat along with the small finely chopped (grated) onion, the rice, salt, pepper and the egg(s) if the meat is extra lean. Mix all thoroughly and make small bite-size meatballs. Place them on a big plate or a chopping board.

  2. Put the soup water in a pot and bring to boil.

  3. Meanwhile, chop all the washed vegetables into small cubes or bigger chunks if you prefer. Place them all in a large bowl and set aside.

  4. When the water is beginning to boil, put the heat down to medium and gently drop all the meatballs (one by one) with the help of a spoon. Let them cook for a few minutes until some foam will gather on the water surface. Remove this foam carefully with a spoon.

  5. Add all the chopped vegetables to the soup and let it cook for about 10 mins.

  6. Add some salt, tomato paste and the chopped tomatoes and allow to cook (uncovered) on medium heat until it starts boiling when you could reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 20 mins.

  7. Put salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Place the soup in serving bowls, sprinkle a good pinch of chopped parsley and serve.

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